Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Venue: London Stadium
Kick–off: 13:30 BST
After our pretty tame but solid start in Europe midweek, we make the short trip to the London Stadium for today’s early kick-off.
We’ve had a good start under Sarri so far with five wins from five in the league and another win added against PAOK Thursday night but whilst West Ham started their season with four defeats, they come into today’s game off the back of a win against Everton in their last game.
The Hammers have won three of the last four in all competitions against us and will absolutely see this game as an opportunity to add to that after the strong side Sarri fielded midweek were then delayed in their return to England. The best we can hope is that the rested Eden Hazard can carry us through another game!
Going into today’s game, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says “It’s a derby, which has a bit more importance. I know in London there are a lot of them with different teams. We have our first one with Chelsea, who are top of the table, which is big motivation. It’s impossible to start better than Chelsea have. They’ve won five games, but every game is different. We must be confident at home. We will try to do the same as the last game. We have to concentrate defensively, but I am confident.”
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says “I have seen the five matches of West Ham in the Premier League. I think they are a very good team. I think the position in the table of West Ham is not reality.”
For West Ham, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain long-term absentees, Jack Wilshere (ankle) is out after minor surgery and both Marko Arnautovic (knee) and Javier Hernandez (virus) are doubts.
For Chelsea, Pedro (shoulder) is a doubt after picking up an injury midweek although Mateo Kovacic should be fit after a dead leg. Eden Hazard and David Luiz should return after being rested.
WEST HAM (Possible line-up): Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Rice, Noble, Obiang; Yarmolenko, Anderson, Arnautovic
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Kante, Hazard; Giroud
West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (9 December 2017)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
WEST HAM: LLLLW
* West Ham have only lost two of the past seven meetings in all competitions
* West Ham have won three of their last four home games against Chelsea in all competitions.
* West Ham are looking for consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since January 2017 but could lose their opening three home league games of a season for the first time.
* West Ham have failed to win any of their last six London derbies
* West Ham have lost 95 London Derbies in the Premier League (more than any other side).
* West Ham have accumulated 18 yellow cards in the league this season, six more than any other side prior to the weekend fixtures.
* Chelsea could win their opening six Premier League games for just the third time.
* Chelsea have won five of their past six Premier League away games.