There were talks of crisis at Chelsea upon their 3-0 defeat against Arsenal last month but now all of a sudden, the Blues have been touted as title contenders following their fine run of three consecutive victories – such is the fickle nature of the English media.
The 4-0 thumping of rivals Manchester United during the weekend was arguably Chelsea’s best performance yet so far this season and manager Antonio Conte finally seems to have his players playing according to his philosophy.
Now Chelsea prepare for a clash against West Ham United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night and one can be sure that the Blues will be looking to continue their fine run of form with a victory over another one of their fierce rivals.
Here is the strongest possible Chelsea lineup for the clash against West Ham United –
Asmir Begovic seems to be the cup goalkeeper for Chelsea this season and it is widely expected that the Bosnian international will be starting on Wednesday night as well.
With Thibaut Courtois performing so well at the moment, Begovic will surely want to boost his chances of becoming number one choice with a strong performance of his own and doing so will be imperative in midweek against a dangerous West Ham attacking lineup.
John Terry has returned to full fitness from his ankle injury and it is now expected that the Chelsea skipper will start against West Ham United on Wednesday.
Terry is likely to take the place of the solid Gary Cahill at the heart of the backline, while the duo of David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta will partner the veteran in a three man central defence.
The impressive duo of Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses are expected to continue in the full-back positions but young Ola Aina will also be hopeful of making an appearance on the night.
At the middle of the park, Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante are expected to continue their strong partnership but it would not be a surprise if fringe duo Nathaniel Chalobah and Oscar are handed starts.
Eden Hazard may well be rested for the encounter and Willian looks set to make a return to the starting lineup for the first time following his personal loss. On the other flank, Pedro could well be handed another start and the Spaniard will surely be keen on continuing his good run of form.
Diego Costa is expected to drop out of the lineup in favour of Michy Batshuayi against the Hammers and the young Belgian will surely be hopeful of making an impact on the night.