Sky Sports pundit’s response when asked if he expects Payet to start

Southampton's Victor Wanyama fouls West Ham United's Dimitri Payet and is sent off

West Ham United will take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday evening.

France's Dimitri Payet before the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, August 13, 2016) that he expects Dimitri Payet to start for West Ham United against Chelsea on Monday evening.

West Ham will kick off their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a match against London rivals Chelsea.

The Hammers will head into the game at Stamford Bridge in London with confidence and could pick up a point.

Payet will be a key player for Slaven Bilic’s side this season just as he was during the 2015-16 campaign.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamDimitri Payet celebrates

The France international attacking midfielder had a great 2016 European Championship campaign on a personal level, and West Ham fans will expect him to continue that form this season.

Liverpool legend Thompson expects Payet to start against Chelsea this evening if he is fit despite his involvement in the European Championship in France in the summer.

“If he’s fit enough, I expect him to start,” said Thompson on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, August 13, 2016) if he expects Payet to start against Chelsea.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet looks dejectedWest Ham's Dimitri Payet looks dejected

Chelsea will head into the match against West Ham as favourites, but the presence of Payet will give the Hammers a good chance of picking up a draw.

The former Marseille attacking midfielder’s runs, dribbles and set-piece deliveries will all be important for West Ham.

France's Dimitri Payet before the matchFrance's Dimitri Payet

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