How Chelsea may line up towards West Ham

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Chelsea are likely to forego influential midfielder Mateo Kovacic when the Premier League clash against London rivals West Ham this weekend.

The Croatian still suffers from a thigh problem and is unlikely to be risked against the Hammers as the Champions League games against Real Madrid are on the horizon.

During the week Thomas Tuchel made some changes to his side for the Brighton visit which ended in a boring 0-0 stalemate at Stamford Bridge.

All the players on the pitch would undoubtedly have been struck by the background news of the Super League when Stamford Bridge encountered protesting fans.

Both Chelsea and Brighton were forced to go onto the pitch without really knowing what was happening in the world of football around them and it was revealed that it was a dreary affair.

Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell were rested so they can expect a call back to the starting XI against West Ham, with Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso all out.

With Kovacic still injured, this should give N’Golo Kante an opportunity to move into midfield as Jorginho’s partner.

This means that Mason Mount may move higher on the field, making way for Hakim Ziyech.

Christian Pulisic was quite ineffective against Brighton despite an upturn in form, so we could see Timo Werner coming on to the left of center forward Kai Havertz.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has started the last two games but we could see Edouard Mendy get back into the starting XI.

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