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Antonio To Lead The Line, Bowen To Start | 4-2-3-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup Vs Chelsea

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West Ham United welcome the league leaders Chelsea to the London Stadium this weekend after collecting only 1 point from their last 3 games in the Premier League. Consecutive losses to Wolves and Manchester City and only a draw vs Brighton have put a dent in West Ham’s ambition of finishing in the top 4 places in the league. Despite the poor results, West Ham are still in 4th place due to their superb start to the season. On Saturday, David Moyes’s men would be desperate to take 3 points away from the Blues and get back on track again.

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

Defence

Łukasz Fabiański will operate in goal for the Hammers as he continues to search for a cleansheet with none in the last five games.

Craig Dawson will pair alongside Kurt Zouma to form a solid defensive pair as they look to keep things tight at the back. It will need a massive task from the West Ham defenders to keep Chelsea’s formidable attack at bay for 90 minutes. Angelo Ogbonna will be a certain miss due to his anterior crucial ligament injury but Issa Diop will be on the bench to provide cover.

Aaron Cresswell will be a huge miss in the left-back position for Moyes due to his back injury as Vladimir Coufal will replace him in the defence and have a tough job ahead on Saturday. Ben Johnson will keep his place on the right side as he will need to defend deep against the Chelsea attackers.

West Ham star Jarod Bowen
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Midfield 

Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek will operate in the middle of the park as they will look to dominate the makeshift Chelsea midfield which is missing some key players. The defensive work of the two midfielders will be key in West Ham keeping it tight at the back and being organized going forward.

The trio of Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Jarod Bowen will start behind the strike to provide creativity to West Ham’s attack. Bowen will be the tooth to the attack as his dribbling ability makes it difficult to defend him in and around the penalty box. Nicola Vlasic and Manuel Lanzini will be the options from the bench for Moyes in the later stages of the game.

Attack

Michail Antonio will again lead the attack from the front. With no goal in the last 5 starts, Antonio will be hoping to turn things this time around when they meet London rivals Chelsea.

West Ham predicted lineup

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