Predicted line-up against West Ham: Sarri to risk injury doubts?
The Premier League returns following Chelsea’s 1-0 win at PAOK on Thursday.
And Maurizio Sarri will be hoping to continue his excellent start, having won five out of five in the league.
Having blown away Cardiff last Saturday, Sarri rested some key players against PAOK.
And they will likely all return to make the short trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham.
The hosts are coming off the back of their first win of the season, having beaten Everton 3-1.
After picking up a knock against Everton, Marko Arnautovic should be fit to lead the line for the Hammers.
So, let’s look ahead to some of the changes Sarri could make for the Blue’s game against West Ham on Sunday:
Stars to return?
Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz were all removed from the starting line-up for Thursday’s game.
But they will all likely return as Sarri reverts back to his winning team.
Hazard is coming off a brilliant hat-trick last weekend against Cardiff, a game in which he completely dominated.
Giroud’s start against Cardiff was his first of the season, and he took full advantage as he picked up two assists.
People have been calling for Luiz to be dropped in favour of Andreas Christensen, but Sarri will probably keep faith with the Brazilian for this game.
Injury doubts to be rested?
Mateo Kovacic limped off with an injury in Chelsea’s win over Cardiff.
And Pedro also went off injured in Chelsea’s Europa League win after clashing with the PAOK goalkeeper.
Despite Sarri insisting that their injuries are minor, he may decide not to risk them and start others instead.
After playing well in Thessaloniki, Ross Barkley and Willian are in-line to start.