?Chelsea host London rivals West Ham smarting from a chastening derby defeat in their last outing, looking to keep up their faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League
The Blues’ top-four hopes were dented when third-placed Tottenham came from behind to win 3-1 last Sunday for their first win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years, leaving Chelsea eight points behind Spurs with only seven games left.
With the Champions League seemingly beyond them, Antonio Conte will be hoping for a good end to a frustrating defence of their title, with an FA Cup semi-final against Southampton looming.
Here’s who the Italian may pick to face the Hammers on Sunday:
?Thibaut Courtois faces a late fitness test to be fit for Sunday, but should feature after recovering from a hamstring injury.
?After last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at home to Spurs, questions have been asked of the defending that led to Dele Alli’s quick-fire brace. Andreas Christensen hesitated to clear the ball in the box and his indecision led to Alli’s killer third goal.
Despite this, the Dane is expected to remain in the centre of the back three, with established pairing Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger either side of him.
?Marcos Alonso has started all but two Premier League games so far for Chelsea this season, and has had a stellar second term in England, sitting fifth in the club goalscoring charts with seven goals in all competitions.
His counterpart on the right, Victor Moses, should start again here, with the tried-and-tested midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas ready to continue here.
?Alvaro Morata scored his second goal in as many games in last week’s 3-1 loss to Tottenham, and will be looking for a strong end to the season to cement his place in Spain’s World Cup squad.
Pedro has recovered from a knock but could return to face the Hammers, although Willian should start as a precaution. Talisman Eden Hazard keeps his place on the left wing.