Chelsea vs West Ham: Maurizio Sarri’s Best Available Blues Lineup

Chelsea welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Monday night, as they look to secure their third successive league win.

The Blues have recently returned to winning ways, emerging as the victors in their last two league games against Brighton and Cardiff City. They currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, only  missing out on a place in the top four due to goal difference.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has a full strength team for the upcoming London derby, however he said in his pre-match press conference that he will be rotating his squad and resting his players in upcoming games.

Here’s a look at Sarri’s best potential Chelsea lineup to face West Ham.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

David Luiz

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – Arrizabalaga should retain his starting spot on Monday, as he makes his 45th appearance of the season. The Spaniard has kept 20 clean sheets for the Blues in all competitions, and will be looking for back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since January.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Chelsea’s captain is likely to continue his record of starting every single league game this season, as he makes his 47th appearance. Azpilicueta has good memories against the Hammers, having scored in their last meeting at the Bridge last April.

David Luiz (CB) – Luiz should once again start at centre back, as he aims to build on his fine form. The Brazilian has been at the heart of the Blues’ defence throughout the season, and will have to be at his best to keep West Ham at bay.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Though Andreas Christensen was excellent against Brighton, Sarri is likely to restore Rudiger to the starting lineup. The German will reunite with Luiz as his regular defensive partner, as he makes his 41st appearance of the season.

Marcos Alonso (LB) – One of Sarri’s points of rotation could be at left back, with Alonso likely to replace Emerson out wide. Though the Spaniard has generally fallen out of favour, he continues to play and should return to the lineup through rotation.

2. Midfielders

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) – Loftus-Cheek made only his second Premier League start last Wednesday, and he will be eager to make that three from three this week. The 23-year-old was excellent against Brighton, scoring a wonderful goal to wrap up the win for Chelsea.

N’Golo Kante (CM) – Though rotation is imminent, it would be absurd of Sarri to drop Kante at such a crucial part of the season. The Frenchman has been outstanding as usual throughout the campaign, having made a remarkable 44 appearances already this season.

Ross Barkley (CM) – Barkley may return to the starting lineup on Monday, though Sarri could start anyone out of him, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. However the Englishman’s recent form should give him the nod, following his excellent performances during the international break.¬†

3. Forwards

Eden Hazard

Pedro (RW) – Though Callum Hudson-Odoi deservedly earned his first Premier League start against Brighton, it is unlikely that he’ll start again and will probably be replaced by Pedro. The Spaniard has been in fine form recently, and will hope to take his goal tally into double figures.

Gonzalo Higuain (FW) – Sarri will likely turn to Higuain on Monday, despite Olivier Giroud’s goal last week. The Argentine has already scored three goals for the Blues since arriving in January, as the Chelsea manager has expressed his interest in signing him permanently.

Eden Hazard (LW) – Hazard will be eager to continue his excellent form against West Ham, with two goals and two assist in his last five league games. The Belgian has been the Blues’ star man this season, with his 17 goals far ahead of anyone else in the squad.


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