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Confirmed Lineups: Chelsea vs West Ham
Chelsea will be looking to keep their brief top four hopes alive with a victory over London rivals West Ham United this afternoon.
The Blues currently sit 11 points behind both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur but with two games in hand on the Merseyside club and one game in hand on Spurs.
Meanwhile West Ham picked up a valuable three points in the 3-0 thrashing of Southampton last weekend and start the day five points outside the relegation zone.
The two confirmed lineups for today’s game are as follows:
Thibaut Courtois; César Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Antonio Rüdiger; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kanté, Cesc Fàbregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Álvaro Morata, Eden Hazard
Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro, Olivier Giroud
Gary Cahill returns to the starting lineup for the first time since the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace a month ago. The centre-back takes the captain’s armband. Thibaut Courtois is well again to take his place in goal after Willy Caballero shipped three in the home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Cesc Fàbregas partners N’Golo Kanté in the midfield four as Antonio Conte looks for creativity in midfield to supply the front three – Willian, Álvaro Morata and Eden Hazard – with Pedro among the substitutes.
West Ham United
Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Arthur Masuaku, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Mark Noble, Edimilson Fernandes, João Mário; Marko Arnautović
Substitutes: Adrián, Josh Pask, Patrice Evra, Josh Cullen, Grady Diangana, Jordan Hugill, Javier Hernández
David Moyes named a very defensive lineup with Marko Arnautović continuing his role as the makeshift striker. The Austrian scored the only goal and could have had more when West Ham beat Chelsea 1-0 at the London Stadium back in December.
João Mário scored his first Premier League goal last weekend and keeps his place as part of a five man midfield named by the Hammers boss.
Youngsters Josh Pask, Josh Cullen and Grady Diangana are all among the substitutes, partly down to the sheer number of injuries currently crippling the first team squad.