Chelsea face off against West Ham on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League and a victory over their London rivals would go down a treat with supporters.
The Blues sit fourth in the league table despite a loss to Manchester City last weekend and have a seven-point cushion as it stands keeping them in the Champions League positions.
Frank Lampard’s team came through a gruelling 2-2 away draw in midweek against Valencia in the Champions League group stages.
With the club now entering a hectic run of fixtures, Lampard should make four changes to his side against West Ham from the European result to keep a nice freshness.
They are facing off against opposition that are struggling down in the 17th of the league table and Chelsea should pick up three points if they take the game to them.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Goalkeeper)
Keep will know that his standards haven’t been at his best this season and some question marks are hanging over him after the Valencia draw, despite saving a penalty in Spain. But he’s the club number one that is a long-term investment and Lampard has to stick with him.
Reece James (Right-back)
After making a big impression against Valencia, James should keep his spot in the Blues XI and make just his second ever Premier League start. The 19-year-old is slowly forcing his way into the team and he could cause havoc as an attacking full-back against West Ham.
Kurt Zouma (Centre-back)
Zouma has become the ever-present in the Chelsea backline in recent months and that is something that seemed unlikely in the opening weeks of the season. The French colossus is a real leader at the back that keeps impressing and he may be in pole position to partner Antonio Rudiger moving forward, who is close to an injury return.
Fikayo Tomori (Centre-back)
—Replace Andreas Christensen—
Tomori should return to the side against West Ham and he’s played every minute of the last 10 consecutive league games. Christensen failed to really take his chance against Valencia and the team should look more solid with Tomori back in.
Emerson Palmieri (Left-back)
Emerson should be the second of four changes to the team and the emergence of James has really changed the complexion of the full-back area. Italian Emerson hasn’t been at his dazzling best this campaign, but could be a real danger pushing forward at the weekend and deserves a chance to redeem himself. Meanwhile, versatile club captain Azpilicueta should be handed a rest despite his positive displays and it seems the right game to rotate.
Mateo Kovacic (Central midfielder)
Kovacic’s first ever Chelsea goal against Valencia was celebrated like mad by supporters and he’s taken his game to another level since joining permanently in the summer. It seems impossible for Lampard to leave him out right now and he will go into the weekend with immense confidence.
Jorginho (Central midfielder)
Jorginho should captain the side against West Ham and continue at the base of midfield, where he’s going to dominate possession and the team will need his creativity too. He’s such an underrated member of the Blues side that they look completely different when he’s not in the centre of the park.
N’Golo Kante (Central midfielder)
Kante is really beginning to get up to full speed since coming back from injury and the energy he provides is outstanding. He can be effective in snuffing out a quick West Ham side on the counter, while on the flip side he may fancy himself for a goal.
Christian Pulisic (Right-winger)
Pulisic’s form means he’s too hot right now to leave out of the team, but he should make a switch over to the right wing from the opposite flank. The American is now up to six goals and six assists in his 16 senior appearances since his arrival.
Olivier Giroud (Centre-forward)
—Replace Tammy Abraham—
With Abraham ruled out against the Hammers through injury, it means there is a forced change at the point of attack. Michy Batshuayi seems the obvious replacement, but Giroud should be rewarded with his patience with a rare start and he deserves his chance. He certainly has the quality to bag at the weekend and perhaps Batshuayi should be held back as an impact substitute.
Mason Mount (Left-winger)
Mount is someone that has slipped out of the team since the return after the international break, but he’s too good a player to keep down and he will bounce back in style when he returns. Senior figure Willian should be afforded a rest, while Mount is fresh and raring to make an impression once again. His work-rate and creativity will help to break down West Ham, as he gives an extra spark and has shown he can work off the left flank.