Chelsea look to fight back after falling short 6 points from their last two EPL games as they set eyes on West Ham United battle
West Ham United will be hoping to end the 90th minute with at least a point as they prepare to go head to head with points-hungered Chelsea.
Frank Lampard is still faced with the winger option issues as Hakim Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi are yet to be assessed if they can feature in today’s game.
The last game saw Blues struggling without a natural winger and as such could see Tino Anjorin in the starting line up today should Ziyech and Odoi miss out.
Anjorin has a witnessed a blistering start since joining the senior team as his fine UCL Krasnodar game pushed the club manager into deciding to keep the youngster until his wingers are back.
Christian Pulisic trained well during the last training session and should be starting today as well.
Kai Havertz could possibly retain his position in the starting 11 despite suggestions from fans that the German Maestro should be forced to fight for a place in the squad.
With a string of disappointing displays, the former Bayer Leverkusen man is yet to justify his big money arrival as Frank Lampard calls for the German to be supported during this hard time of his career.
“He had no pre-season, then got Covid and all eyes are on because of the price tag but we need huge perspective here,” the Chelsea boss said.
“Not saying it will take a long, long time but he does need time to settle in. For Chelsea fans and us, we must give him time.
Edouard Mendy looks to restart his clean sheet spell after the last two games saw the Senegalese’s record smashed.
Reece James will miss the game today after test conducted on the English man yesterday disclosed he would have to be away for a while.
The managers will for the first time this season be able to mention 9 subs on the bench following the Premier League club’s vote in favor of this.
Although, the clubs are yet to be allowed more than 3 substitutions per game with Frank Lampard being a major advocator of the importance of 5-man sub option.
The last meeting by both sides saw a victories West Ham United following a 3-2 Chelsea crash at London Stadium.
Monday 8pm, Sky Sports
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Chelsea squad from: Mendy, Caballero, Kepa, Cech, Azpilicueta, James, Zouma, Rudiger, Tomori, Christensen, Silva, Chilwell, Alonso, Emerson, Kante, Kovacic, Jorginho, Gilmour, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner, Anjorin, Abraham, Giroud
Doubts: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi