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Predicted Chelsea XI to Face West Ham: Ziyech Handed Start as Jorginho Returns

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham in Saturday's early kick-off.

The Blues sit top of the Premier League table, one point clear of Manchester City after scraping a 2-1 victory against Watford in midweek.

Chelsea are without N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell due to injuries. However, Tuchel's side were handed a boost as Jorginho, Reece James and Timo Werner are deemed fit to start.

There are set to be some changes to the starting XI to face the Hammers.

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Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Ziyech


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Edouard Mendy is almost certain to remain in between the sticks, pulling off fine saves to keep Chelsea ahead against Watford.

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With an injury to Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta could return on the right of a back three as James comes back into the side at wing-back.

Jorginho is also likely to return, having been rested against Watford and could partner Loftus-Cheek in midfield.

Hakim Ziyech was the match-winner against the Hornets in midweek and could be rewarded with a Premier League start.

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Tuchel has hinted that he will be involved from the start, praising his fine form as he said:  “I like him. I can feel it. He feels better now, it took him a long time. He was always very ambitious. 

"He had huge influence now from the bench against Leicester and Watford, two matches in between from the start. He’s in a good shape, in good form and state of mind and we want him absolutely to be influential. I will not tell you if he starts tomorrow or comes from the bench.”


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