West Ham vs Chelsea: Team news, injury concerns, potential lineup

Posted on Dec 9 2017 - 2:55am by admin

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will travel to the London stadium to face a struggling West Ham United in another early kick-off on Saturday.

The Blues will aim to continue their seven-game unbeaten streak in their bid to keep up with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

David Moyes’ West Ham have not won any of their last eight games which has left them in the relegation zone and they need the points as they welcome the champions of England.

For Chelsea, second-choice Michy Batshuayi who made his return against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday is available for the trip to east London.

Young forwards, Charly Musonda and Kenedy have also stepped up their recoveries from minor injuries but remain on the fringes of the squad.

However, David Luiz is the only first-team player missing as he has “fluid in his knee” and has been seeking treatment at Cobham Training Centre.

POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP: Courtois, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses, Alonso, Hazard, Pedro, Morata.

Conte will keep rotating his squad with the club having two games-per-week until January. Pedro, Danny Drinkwater, Willian and Rudiger were among those left out for the recent Champions League game.

Morata and Hazard will likely continue with each other as their partnership is proving to be effective in big games.

For Moyes and his team, Andy Carroll [knee] and Javier Hernandez [hamstring] are ruled out from the match against Chelsea.

Cheikhou Kouyaté also has a hamstring problem to get over this week, while Mark Noble has a minor hip injury to recover from.

Winston Reid is another who is hoping to be fit after a hamstring injury.

Sam Byram and Jose Fonte are both expected to miss out. James Collins is also unlikely to return.

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