Everything you need to know about our return to Premier League action with a London derby at home to West Ham…
Frank Lampard’s Blues will be looking to bounce back from domestic defeat last time out at
Manchester City as the boss faces another of his former clubs.
When and where
The match takes place at Stamford Bridge on
Saturday 30 November.
It is would be Chelsea fourth Saturday 3pm home kick-off of the season.
Press conference info Lampard will be speaking to the media at his customary pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon from 1.30pm. There will be live coverage on the 5th Stand app and Chelsea official
Potential discussion points Facing old foes
While Lampard spent seven years coming through the ranks at Upton Park, he was never forgiven for making the switch across the capital to join Chelsea in 2001 and proved a regular nuisance to the Hammers in the years after.
The boss is likely to be asked about his memories in east London and his emotions at facing a former club for the second weekend in a row.
Tammy’s injury and forward options Abraham looked in some discomfort as he hobbled off at half-time in the Mestalla and was not able to continue in the second half after a heavy knock to the hip. Lampard is sure to provide an update on his number nine’s fitness and whether he can recover in time to lead the line against WestHam.
If not, the merits of starting with Michy Batshuayi or Olivier Giroud will probably be discussed.
Squad fitness update
Lampard reported before the Valencia game that Toni Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross
Barkley were closing in on respective returns so he will certainly be prompted to provide an update on that trio’s fitness as he looks ahead to the west-
Kovacic’s form and finding the net
Mateo Kovacic ended his long wait for a Chelsea goal with our equaliser in Spain and the boss could be asked what work has been going on at Cobham to inspire such an excellent period of form from our Croatian midfield man.
Latest Chelsea team news
Abraham has featured in every Premier League game for Chelsea this season but was forced off
halfway through our thrilling midweek draw in Valencia with a severe knock to his hip and could
face a race against time to be fit for the visit of the
Hudson-Odoi and Rudiger didn’t travel to Spain but Lampard reported that both were closing in on a return to fitness, as is Barkley.
Long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek will definitely miss out.
An energy-sapping contest in Europe on Wednesday night left many players collapsed on the turf at the final whistle so Lampard may be forced to assess
the freshness of his options as well.
Latest West Ham team news
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are winless in eight, having not tasted victory since beating Manchester United in September. However, the Chilean was able to call on the services of Michail Antonio last time out against Tottenham as the forward made his first appearance in almost three months as a substitute
and his impact led to the Hammers clawing back a
three-goal deficit to 3-2.
West Ham will be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid, who have all spent varying periods of
time on the treatment table in recent weeks.
Issa Diop, who has started every league game this season, is suspended.
How to watch the live coverage
There is no live coverage in the UK but highlights will be available on the 5th Stand app and this website from two hours after the final whistle.
How to listen live
Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary
on the 5th Stand app and this website, plus there
will also be live text commentary on both those
Referee and VAR
Jonathan Moss is the referee. The Yorkshireman’s
last Chelsea assignment was the Carabao Cup final
The VAR is Andrew Madley.