Chelsea Team News vs West Ham United: Kovacic, Rudiger, Christensen


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Five points clear of fourth place Tottenham Hotspur, and with a game in hand on Spurs, Chelsea are fairly secure of finishing in the top four this season. Long eliminated from the title race, they can find additional motivation here on Sunday, when they battle West Ham United in a London derby, of spoiling other club’s Euro ambitions for next season.

The Hammers are still slotted in to make UEFA Conference League but remain within striking distance of usurping United to qualify for the Europa League. With that in mind, let’s cover the team news for this clash

West Ham United at Chelsea FC FYIs:

Kick-off time: 2PM GMT, 24th April 2022, Stamford Bridge

Starting XI Predictions: West Ham  Chelsea

Team News:   West Ham    Chelsea

Result Probability: West Ham 15%   Chelsea  64%  Draw 21%

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PL Form Guide: West Ham (DLWLW)  Chelsea (LWLWW)

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Blues Team News

The stellar and underrated, and also United transfer target Antonio Rudiger (groin) is a doubt for this one. And I seriously doubt that Erik ten Hag will be able to move Harry Maguire, and get Toni in there.

Another doubtful central defender here is Andreas Christensen (undisclosed issue).

Meanwhile Mateo Kovacic (ankle), Callum Hudson-Odoi (achilles) and Ben Chilwell (knee) all remain sidelined as long term injury absentees.

All in all, Thomas Tuchel has a pretty fit squad for at this point in the season.

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  1. Lol
    I only want kovacic to return as soon as possible

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