Michy Batshuayi replaces Tammy Abraham and Jorginho dropped – Chelsea predicted team vs West Ham
The Blues are in Premier League action at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Michy Batshuayi gestures during the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Chelsea are back in Premier League action this afternoon after their crazy midweek game against Valencia on Wednesday night.
The Blues are currently comfortably inside the top four, seven points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers, while this afternoon’s visitors, West Ham, are struggling for form.
They have slipped down the table to 17th and manager Manuel Pellegrini is fighting for his job.
Chelsea will have to do without Tammy Abraham for the clash at Stamford Bridge, after Frank Lampard confirmed that the in-form striker will not be fit for the game after picking up a hip injury during the draw at the Mestalla.
That means Michy Batshuayi is in line to start his first Premier League game of the season over Olivier Giroud, however Lampard was coy on the decision.
When asked if Batshuayi would start, Lampard said: “We’ll see.”
Then when asked if the Belgian will be ahead of Giroud, Lampard added: “We’ll see. I’m not going to give my team away on a Friday!”
Another big decision will be if it will be a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation, with the former meaning that one midfielder might have to miss out.
That could be Jorginho after the superb form of Mateo Kovacic, with Mason Mount coming back into the team as the number 10.
Meanwhile, Reece James started at right-back and Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back in Spain, and it could be something Lampard goes for once again.
Fikayo Tomori was left on the bench against Valencia, however he could well come back into the starting XI in place of Andreas Christensen.