Match to be played on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 19:45. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
Chelsea need a win against London rivals West Ham to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho has a few selection issues to consider ahead of the game but his Chelsea side are full of confidence. This is the strong eleven he could task with bringing down the Hammers.
GK – Petr Cech
Cech was given a rest from the FA Cup win against Stoke City. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and should slot straight back into the side.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has been Mourinho’s first choice right-back throughout the season. He should continue in that role, proving difficult to get the better of in defence and providing valuable support when he goes forward.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill has the right sort of character and quality to be able to deal with West Ham in this game. He’ll be all over West Ham’s attacking players like a rash, not giving them much room to breathe.
CB – John Terry
Terry missed the Stoke FA Cup clash so he’ll be fresh and ready to return. He injects vital experience in the defence as captain.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard has been one of Mourinho’s most versatile and most effective players this season. He looks just as comfortable on the left as on the right.
RM – Willian
Willian also enjoyed a brief rest against Stoke and should slot back into the team on the right. He’s been playing well s an outright winger while linking up effectively with the rest of the Chelsea attack.
DM – Nemanja Matic
Matic will be better and sharper for the game time he enjoyed against Stoke. His job will be to protect the defence and to break up the play as quickly as possible.
CM – Ramires
Ramires has the ability to sit in the middle of the Chelsea side and pull the strings, controlling the tempo and flow of the attacking play. He can also drop in defensively if Chelsea are under pressure.
AM – Oscar
The Brazilian playmaker grabbed a goal against Stoke and will be full of confidence. He’ll be determined to show that Mourinho was right to let Juan Mata leave the club.
LM – Eden Hazard
The Belgian has been in world class form out on the left hand side. He can stick wide, he can move in and play centrally and he can switch flanks with the other winger. All without dropping his performance levels.
ST – Samuel Eto’o
Eto’o is sharp at the moment and deserves the chance to start following his hat-trick against Manchester United in Chelsea’s last league game.