West Ham United could inflict capital punishment on London rivals Chelsea this afternoon, as the Hammers aim to keep up the pressure on Manchester City in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Just two points behind the Manchester giants, Slaven Bilic could see his side leapfrog them into the top four ahead of tomorrow’s Manchester derby.
Though he will be without Victor Moses, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, there are no fresh injury concerns for the Croatian today.
Michail Antonio, who has been impressive since the turn of the year, will be tasked with wing duties even more so in the Nigerian’s absence.
Guus Hiddink watched any aspirations of salvaging at least something from this season fade away this week, being knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain and Everton in the Champions League and FA Cup respectively.
John Terry has returned as he prepares to enter the final games in his glittering Chelsea career.
Eden Hazard has been ruled out for four weeks with a hip problem, while Diego Costa is suspended following his controversial red card at Goodison Park last week.
Loic Remy gets a rare starting role as a result, leading to the natural question; where is Alexandre Pato?
On the bench. As usual.
Team to face West Ham United: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c),
Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Kenedy; Remy. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 19, 2016
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) March 19, 2016