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West Ham United will visit Chelsea tonight in search of back-to-back victories at Stamford Bridge for the first time since February 1996.
The blues have only lost once in your last 14 Premier League home games with the Hammers, but they savored defeat in this exact match last season when the Irons doubled over Frank Lampard’s side.
West Ham have not beaten Chelsea in three consecutive games in the top flight since March 1974, and any hope that David Moyes will reset the clock may be hampered with the Scottish coach confirming that both Michail Antonio and Fabián Balbuena are doubts for the clash.
Nor did they all glow claret and blue when the London Stadium natives settled for a point against Crystal Palace during the week. So with the changes to the cards, here’s a lineup that Moyes could name Monday night …
Lukasz Fabianski conceded a goal for him 16th time in the Premier League this season when he was beaten by Christian Benteke on Wednesday night, but is expected to remain between the sticks for the London Derby with Chelsea, having opened West Ham. last 28 games.
The Polish international would have been disappointed in Issa Diop’s efforts to thwart Benteke on a bad night for the Frenchman, which may see Moyes opting to hand Craig Dawson his debut for the Irons at Stamford Bridge rather than the 23-year-old. years if Balbuena is not in shape after missing the Eagles draw with a groin injury.
Dawson joined on a one-season loan from Watford in the summer, but not yet play one minute under Moyes and has often been criticized by supporters as a disappointing addition and one that some had forgotten he even plays for his club.
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Aaron Cresswell will hope to start on defense alongside Angelo Ogbonna and Vladimir Coufal with Arthur Masuaku offside after Knee surgery, with Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice again blocking the engine room.
Midfielder Pablo Fornals put on a terrible show in the midweek clash with Crystal Palace and was loaned out at halftime by Manuel Lanzini, who lit up the stage in the second half and as such will anticipate starting the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge .
Lanzini earning his first start of the league season will allow Benrahma to open the action on the left wing after moving from the center against Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, where he can offer amplitude with Jarrod Bowen in support of Sebastien Haller.
Moyes will probably not risk Antonio after sharing doubts about the forward’s improvement thigh injury which has prevented their involvement in recent weeks.
“Michail Antonio is on his back on the pitch, so we are pleased to see him back. If it is too fast for him, we will have to evaluate, ”said the former Manchester United boss. said.
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