Maurizio Sarri will be aiming to clinch his sixth successive Premier League win with Chelsea when his side travel to West Ham to contest a London derby on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues will be motivated following their 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League earlier in the week, though Manuel Pellegrini's side will be similarly buoyed after registering an emphatic 3-1 win over Everton last weekend.
|Game||Chelsea vs West Ham|
|Date||Sunday, September 23|
|Time||1:30pm BST / 8:30am EST|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed online via the NBC Sports Live app.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports||NBC Sports Live|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and streamed via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Position||West Ham players|
|Defenders||Fredericks, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell, Rice, Masuaku|
|Midfielders||Obiang, Noble, Sanchez, Antonio, Anderson|
|Forwards||Yarmolenko, Snodgrass, Arnautovic, Perez|
Marko Arnautovic was substituted in the second half of West Ham's 3-1 win over Everton last weekend with a knee problem after scoring, and is a doubt.
Javier Hernandez will miss the fixture due to illness, while Jack Wilshere remains sidelined for a lengthy period of time after undergoing ankle surgery.
Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are long-term injury absentees.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Rice, Obiang, Noble; Yarmolenko, Anderson; Antonio.
Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Lucas.
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Bulka|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Luiz, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Emerson|
|Midfielders||Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Kante|
|Forwards||Willian, Hazard, Morata, Giroud, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi|
Pedro picked up a shoulder injury in Thursday night's Europa League clash with PAOK and is not being risked, though both the player and his manager have played down the severity of the knock.
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.
Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Moses, Fabregas, Barkley, Morata.
Betting & Match Odds
Chelsea are priced at odds of 8/13 to take all three points, according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 10/3. A win for the Hammers is considered to be a 19/4 shot.
Pellegrini has had a turbulent start to the season as West Ham manager with four straight defeats leaving them towards the bottom of the table, but a 3-1 win over Everton has lifted spirits and given fans hope ahead of a huge clash with their London rivals.
The Hammers took four points off of the Blues in 2017-18, winning 1-0 at London Stadium and holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, and they will be hoping for similar results this term.
Sarri, meanwhile, will be eager to maintain his perfect start to the season with a potential six wins in a row – seven including the Europa League – after resting key man Hazard on Thursday.
Alvaro Morata may sit the fixture out after failing to score against PAOK despite having seven shots, with none of those efforts on target.
The Blues have a crucial few weeks ahead, having to play Liverpool twice in both the league and Carabao Cup, and will likely re-jig their squad.