4-3-3: Sarri To Make 5 Key Changes | Expected Chelsea Line-Up vs West Ham

By on September 21, 2018

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Chelsea will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the new season when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is certain to keep his place between the sticks this weekend. Sarri didn’t even give Willy Caballero a run out in the Europa League last night so Kepa will start once again on Sunday.

Defence: Sarri made a couple of changes to his back four for the narrow win over PAOK in midweek but we should see Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz recalled with Davide Zappacosta and Andreas Christensen making way.

Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso completed the full ninety minutes on Thursday night but they should retain their places this weekend before being given a breather for the League Cup clash with Liverpool next week.

Midfield: Mateo Kovacic missed the trip to Greece in midweek after picking up a minor knock during the win over Cardiff City last weekend but the Croatian international should be recalled against West Ham on Sunday.

Jorginho has been outstanding in the deep lying playmaker role since arriving from Napoli in the summer and no doubt he’ll continue against the Hammers with N’Golo Kante also retaining his place in the middle of the park.

Cesc Fabregas was back on the bench against PAOK in midweek after recovering from a knee injury but he’ll be fighting it out with the likes of Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater for a place in the squad this weekend.

Attack: Eden Hazard was rested for the Europa League group stage game after complaining he was tired after scoring a hat-trick against Cardiff last time out but the Belgian international is expected to be recalled against the Hammers.

Alvaro Morata had a game to forget in front of goal against PAOK as he missed a number of chances so Olivier Giroud is set for a recall up front with the Spaniard dropping to the bench.

Willian was excellent in Greece last night and he should keep his place in attack after scoring the only goal of the goal as Pedro is a doubt after picking up a knock on Tuesday night.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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