CONFIRMED: Chelsea v West Ham United line-ups - Mikel returns, Matic benched!

Chelsea Stadium Stamford Bridge

Here are the sides Chelsea and West Ham will start with this evening at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Hazar, Eto’o

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, David Luiz, Matic, Lampard, Schurrle, Ba

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Taylor, Nolan, Downing, Diame, Carroll

Subs: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Jarvis, Nocerino, Morrison, C.Cole, Borriello

Chelsea go into this game knowing that if they win and Spurs get a result against Manchester City, they will move joint top of the Premier League with Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho’s men have the best defensive record in the division heading into this game and they will be confident of producing an impressive performance in front of their own supporters.

Despite the departure of Juan Mata and Michael Essien, Chelsea have a number of good squad options available.

West Ham are at the other end of the table and a win would drag them out of the bottom three and above Fulham.

The Hammers have conceded 33 goals this season, which is only five worse than Liverpool but their problem has been scoring goals in attack, with only four sides having scored fewer this season.

West Ham will be well backed by away support and they should be able to raise themselves for the huge London derby.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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