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How West Ham United could line up against Chelsea

How West Ham could line up against Chelsea
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how West Ham United could line up for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

West Ham United will be forced into a defensive rejig for Saturday's London derby with top-four rivals Chelsea in the Premier League.

David Moyes witnessed Craig Dawson pick up two yellow cards in last weekend's defeat to Newcastle United, and with the centre-back now set to serve a one-match suspension, Fabian Balbuena will hope to earn a rare start.

Aaron Cresswell would be Moyes's first choice to fill the void, but he is expected to miss out with a thigh problem, and negative reports over Arthur Masuaku's fitness means that Ben Johnson can look forward to a start on the left.

With former Chelsea academy product Declan Rice still sidelined with a knee problem, Mark Noble is set to link up with Tomas Soucek in the middle of the park.

Manuel Lanzini is vying for a start over Pablo Fornals, but the Spaniard is expected to get the nod here, while Andriy Yarmolenko returned to the substitutes' bench against Newcastle to bolster Moyes's attacking options.

Michail Antonio joins Rice on the long-term injury list, so Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard are in line to earn starts up top once again, and the latter is aiming to equal Diafra Sakho's record of scoring in six consecutive Premier League games for the Hammers.

The Manchester United loanee did have to come off at St James' Park, but Moyes is confident that the issue was nothing more than cramp and he should be fine for the weekend.

West Ham possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena; Coufal, Soucek, Noble, Johnson; Fornals; Bowen, Lingard

> Click here to see how Chelsea could line up for this clash



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