West Ham United Vs Chelsea Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Men And Odds

West Ham United vs Chelsea tactical preview (West Ham's Declan Rice looks dejected in the photo)
Declan Rice of West Ham United looks dejected as Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 08, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

West Ham United will clash heads with Chelsea at the London Stadium on Wednesday evening hoping to put an end to their nightmare form in the Premier League. The Hammers have suffered three successive league losses but to make things worse, they have not netted a single goal during that time.

The East London outfit are currently sitting just above the relegation zone with only a superior goal-difference separating them from 18th placed Bournemouth in the league standings. Hence, David Moyes will have to figure out a way to lead his players to a positive outcome in midweek. In contrast, the Blues are flying high at the moment after earning five consecutive victories across all competitions. Hence, they will fancy their chances of securing maximum points from this upcoming London derby.

Talking Tactics

David Moyes will opt for a 4-3-3 formation and might make one change to his side for this home encounter in midweek. He will instruct his players to soak in the pressure and threaten the Chelsea defenders on the counter.

Frank Lampard is likely to set-up his team in a 4-2-3-1 formation and will revert to his strong starting XI for this clash on the road. The Blues will expect to enjoy more of the ball during the 90 minutes, so they will have to figure out a way to breakdown the West Ham defence tomorrow using the pace and guile of Christian Pulisic and Willian out on the wide areas.

Team News

West Ham United

Arthur Masuaku is a significant doubt for this game while both Jeremy Ngakia and Sebastien Haller remain long-term casualties and won’t play a part in this London derby. Otherwise, Moyes will have a strong squad to pick from in midweek.

West Ham United Predicted XI

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Noble, Bowen, Antonio, Fornals

West Ham United vs Chelsea tactical preview (Chelsea players and manager Frank Lampard seen in the photo)
Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea interacts with Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea and Kurt Zouma of Chelsea after the FA Cup Fifth Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on June 28, 2020, in Leicester, England. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images)

Chelsea

Andreas Christensen, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori are all major concerns for this game. Otherwise, Lampard has no fresh injury headaches to cope with this week.

Chelsea Predicted XI

Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud

Key Men

West Ham United

Michail Antonio needs to have a productive game if West Ham are to have any chance of pulling off a major upset tomorrow. The midfield three of Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek will have to fight for every loose ball at the centre of the park, so their collective performance might very well determine the outcome of this derby.

Chelsea

Both Willian and Christian Pulisic are in red-hot form for Chelsea at the moment, so we can expect them to do most of the damage in the opposition half. Olivier Giroud needs to produce a goal-scoring display this week if he wants to retain his place in Lampard’s starting XI.

Odds

The bookmakers have made Chelsea the clear favourites to emerge victorious at the London Stadium after they were priced at 3/5. The draw has been listed as 10/3 while the Hammers are 17/4 underdogs to pull off an upset in this London derby.

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