West Ham will square off against Chelsea on Sunday as the Hammers look to strengthen their domestic push for European football next season.
The Hammers were left to rue a missed opportunity last weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium by Burnley, leaving David Moyes’ side five points adrift of the Champions League places.
They also face the small matter of a Europa League semi-final first leg with Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek, which could certainly factor into Moyes’ team selection at Stamford Bridge.
Here’s how the Hammers could line up.
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – Has shaken off the ‘Flappyhandski’ moniker he was given at Arsenal to become one of the most dependable goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – Struggled with injuries this season after a hugely promising debut campaign in east London.
Ben Johnson (CB) – Could be moved into the middle with Moyes counting the cost of an injury crisis in central defence ahead of Thursday.
Craig Dawson (CB) – Scored six headed goals for West Ham since his debut in December 2020, a tally bettered only by Diogo Jota and Kai Havertz in the league.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – A specialist from dead-ball situations, which could be key at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Declan Rice (CM) – Likely to surpass the 4,000 minutes played barrier for club and country over the next few weeks.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – The goals have dried up for the Czech Republic international this season, although his tenacity in midfield has been vital for the Hammers.
Pablo Fornals (AM) – Rested for the 1-1 draw with Burnley last time out, and Moyes could look to offload Manuel Lanzini ahead of the visit of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – His strike against Lyon at the London Stadium earlier this month made him the first West Ham player to score ten home goals in a single season in all competitions since Marlon Harewood in 2005/06.
Michail Antonio (ST) – Without a league goal since New Year’s Day, but it’s certainly not for a lack of trying.
Nikola Vlasic (LW) – Yet to make an impact under Moyes, but he will be vital as West Ham aim to balance both their European and domestic ambitions.