Chelsea came in this game after resting several key players, including Eden Hazard, for their trip to Greece against PAOK in the Europa League. This is the first time that the Blues compete in the group stage and Maurizio Sarri clearly believes that team rotation is essential to keep his team competitive on all fronts.
With a doubleheader against Liverpool that is looming on the horizon – the first half of the week in the League Cup and the best table player next weekend – Sarri does not take any opportunity to keep his stars in good shape health condition. Despite the rotation, the Blues have won 1-0 away from home and have just won their last six games in all competitions.
That includes a perfect start to the Premier League, where they have won five games out of five and are now aiming for their sixth straight victory to keep up with Liverpool, who now leads the standings. Pedro can miss a shoulder injury to PAOK, as well as the new signing of Mateo Kovacic.
Meanwhile, West Ham won its first victory of the season by defeating Everton but will miss several players, including Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid. Javier Hernandez is not sure of the illness, while Manuel Pellegrini expects Marko Arnautovic, who played a key role in the Hammers’ 3-1 triumph over Everton, to have recovered from a knee problem. Chelsea this Sunday
Data and statistics for the match
- West Ham have won three of their last six home games against Chelsea (W3 L3)
- This race of six games without victories (D1 L5)
- Only Arsenal (123) has won more Premier League derbies in London than Chelsea (121)
- Chelsea looks to win its first six games in the first division (after 2005-06 and 2009-10) which is really important since the Blues have won the league twice, they won their first six games
- Marko Arnautovic has directly participated in 80% of the five goals of West Ham this season with three goals and one assist
- Maurizio Sarri could become the third manager to win his first six Premier League games in charge following in the footsteps of Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola