Chelsea hosts West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday by 15:00 WAT in a London derby that will be contested by two clubs who are not at the best of their forms.
The Blues have had a not so impressive start to the campaign, infact, it is their worst start to a season since the 2015-16 campaign.
The Stamford Bridge side are currently sitting tenth on the league log with seven points after five games and will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium last Tuesday.
West Ham United were able to salvage a point from their encounter with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night and are also struggling.
The Hammers only have four points from five game and are currently fourteenth on the table.
Last season the spoils were shared by both clubs as Chelsea won by a lone goal at Stamford Bridge while West Ham United won 3-2 in the reverse fixture, so it will be interesting to see how the game pans out this time around.
Thomas Tuchel will have to make his line up without two of his new recruits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dennis Zakaria who will not be available through a broken jaw and work permit issues respectively.
However, Wesley Fofana could be handed his first debut for the club after arriving from Leicester City.
N’Golo Kante and continues to be on the sidelines through injury while Reece James could be back in the squad after missing out on their last match through illness.
Potential Starting XI: Mendy; Silva Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher; James, Pulisic, Sterling.
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David Moyes will have to make his selection without the likes of Ben Johnson and Nayef Aguerd who have both been confirmed to be out through injury.
He could also be without Gianluca Scamacca, Craig Dawson and Aaron Cresswell who are doubts for the encounter.
However, Emerson could be handed his chance to go against his former club and Lucas Paqueta could make a full debut in the match.
Potential Starting XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Emerson; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Paqueta, Fornals; Antonio.