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3-4-2-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup Vs Chelsea: Fernandes To Start For The Hammers?

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West Ham United will make a short trip to West London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Hammers bounced back from a run of wretched form last weekend when they beat Mark Hughes’ Southampton in convincing fashion. David Moyes will now hope that his side can replicate a similar display versus the Blues tomorrow. The East London outfit are still in danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight going into the final few weeks of the season so they will look to get a result against Antonio Conte’s men, who were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur in their last league outing.

The recent history of this fixture makes a mixed reading for both teams as they have each won two, drawn one and lost two of their previous five meetings in all competitions. Moyes is expected to stick with his favoured 3-4-2-1 formation and might hand a start to Edmilson Fernandes after it was confirmed that Michail Antonio will miss the rest of the campaign due to a hamstring injury.

3-4-2-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup To Face Chelsea

Defence

Joe Hart is set to start in goal for the Hammers once again with the English keeper keeping a clean sheet in his last league outing. Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell will make up the three men backline for the Hammers.

West Ham United boss David Moyes will be hoping for a solid defensive display away at Stamford Bridge to give themselves the best possible chance of earning a result on Sunday. However, they have shipped in 11 goals in their last four league matches which will be a cause for concern.

Midfield

The duo of Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate is expected to start at the centre of the park with Pablo Zabaleta taking his place on the right flank while Arthur Masuaku starts on the left-hand side of the midfield. They will be tasked to create some opportunities for their attackers in the opposition half.

Attack

The pair of Joao Mario and Edimilson Fernandes might be deployed behind Marko Arnautovic, who could lead the lines as part of the Hammers’ attack on Sunday. The Austrian forward would be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet versus Chelsea after finding the back of the net twice against Southampton last weekend. The 28-year-old forward has been in fine form in recent matches and has scored 9 goals while providing 5 assists in 28 appearances for West Ham this season across all competitions.

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