Premier League Preview: Chelsea v West Ham

Back to back defeats against Everton and Wolves has dented the Blues confidence ahead of this one and the former England star is certain to make changes.

Hakim Ziyech misses out through injury, but Mateo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour could both potentially return as Lampard looks to stiffen up his midfield unit.

Hammers boss David Moyes has stuck with a consistent line up in recent weeks with his team picking up an eye catching four wins in their last six matches.

The Scottish coach has confirmed he’ll wait on some late fitness checks before naming his side, with Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena both struggling with knocks.

Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are on stand by to step in if needed, but there is positive news on Jarrod Bowen, with the flying winger passed fit to start.

And kick off in this Tier 4 clash is set for 8pm tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League: Leeds vs West Ham United

With almost a quarter of the season gone in a flash, both sides will be happy with where they find themselves after 11 games, with the Hammers heading into the game in eighth place, a position that they’d be thrilled to hold on to until the season’s end.

West Ham’s turnaround after a tough start to the season has been impressive, and David Moyes will lock horns with Marcelo Bielsa knowing that a win could take them fifth before their rivals play.

Speaking of Bielsa, the likeable Argentinian coach took the unusual step of naming his full Leeds team to play West Ham during Thursday’s press conference after being asked whether he had any surprises in store for Moyes.

The former Marseille manager reeled off his XI, which includes Luke Ayling at centre-back alongside Liam Cooper in place of Robin Koch, who will miss the next three months through injury, with summer signing Rodrigo starting in midfield.

Other than that, the Whites will be unchanged from the side that lost 3-1 to Chelsea last weekend. Patrick Bamford described Frank Lampard’s side as the best he’s faced this season, and will continue to lead the line as he looks to notch his ninth goal of an impressive season so far.

For the travelling Irons, top scorer Michail Antonio will miss out with a thigh injury picked up recently, so Sebastien Haller is likely to continue in his absence. There’s more positive news in the shape of Ryan Fredericks though, as the right-back should make the squad after a groin strain.

Andriy Yarmolenko is regaining fitness after contracting coronavirus, and should also be involved after missing the defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

Leeds United take on West Ham at Elland Road on Friday, December 11th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham

And there could be a boost in the shape of Gareth Bale returning to full fitness, as the Welshman has been in full training during the break. Mourinho has said that he could feature on Sunday, likely from the bench.

Eric Dier missed England’s game with Denmark on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and needs to be assessed, with Toby Alderweireld on standby to deputise. Giovanni Lo Celso will miss the game through injury, as will Japhet Tanganga.

West Ham will welcome back David Moyes to the touchline after he missed the last two games quarantining after contracting COVID-19, and he’ll be hoping to carry on the winning streak after Alan Irvine oversaw two wins against Wolves and Leicester in his absence.

Moyes has said he’s feeling fine and he’s happy with how dangerous his side look, after a poor start to the season which saw them lose to Newcastle and Arsenal before turning things around.

Arthur Masuaku, Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are all doubtful for the Hammers, with Vladimir Coufal likely to continue at right-back in place of Fredericks after a solid debut.

There was frustration in the transfer market as Said Benrahma’s move from Brentford collapsed after a failed medical on Friday, meaning the club will go until at least January with a winger less than they started the season with, after Felipe Anderson left for Porto earlier this month.