Thomas Tuchel & co. will take a shot trip to across the English capital, in which they heading to east London to lock horns with West Ham United at the London Stadium this evening in Premier League Matchday 33 of the 2020/21 season.
The Blues, who booking their spot in this season’s Uefa Champions League semi-final and get through to the final of the prestigious FA Cup clash with Leicester City, head into the game, aiming of consolidate fourth place in the Premier League standings.
Chelsea, who sitting fourth place on league standings with 55 points, ended their last outings against Brighton and Hove Albion with goalless but Thomas Tuchel’s side will hoping of getting positive results when they lock horns with West Ham United, who sitting behind them with just goal difference.
And ahead of crucial clash against West Ham United, who are unbeaten in their last five London derbies at home, Thomas Tuchel & co. does not have any fresh issues on their plate.
The major absentee for Chelsea remains Mateo Kovacic, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has rendered him unavailable for nearly a couple of weeks now.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make a lot of changes to the side played goalless draw against Brighton and Hove Albion. So we can expect minimum changes to the team that struggled to broken the deadlock against relegation-threatened Brighton.
Judging on Tuchel comment, Edouard Mendy will start ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal while Cesar Azipilicueta will replace Kurt Zouma, means Andreas Christensen will slot in at the heart of the central defensive unit alongside Antonio Rudiger.
The two wing-back positions are also likely to see some rotation, with Ben Chilwell likey to replace Marcos Alonso while Reece James should retains his position, as Tuchel aiming to end a tumultuous week in perfect fashion ahead of Uefa Champions League semi-finals first-leg tie against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu.
As for the midfield, N’Golo Kante is in line to return after being given a breather earlier this week against Brighton. The Frenchman will pivot alongside Jorginho at the middle of park, with starlet Billy Gilmour a backup option.
Finally in attack, Mason Mount is undroppable and will once again start on the right of the front three while Christian Pulisic, who produced remarkable performance in recent weeks for Blues, should be rewarded with another start while Kai Havertz should continue operating as the No.9 once again. That would mean the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner miss out once again.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
Kick-off at 5:30PM
Chris Kavanagh will be the referee for the Premier League clash between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium this evening.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Adam Nunn, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Mike Dean
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday