Chelsea: Predicted line-up v West Ham

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After consecutive clean sheets, Chelsea's season could be about to turn the corner.

As is the way with the Premier League, the fixtures don't get any easier for the Blues, who take on high-flying Hammers at Upton Park on Saturday.

The east London club have taken 14 points from their last six league games, without suffering defeat.


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So who are going to be the men that Jose calls upon to end West Ham's run...

GK- Asmir Begovic

The Bosnian stopper is the most certain name on the team-sheet at the moment. Thibaut Courtois' injury has handed Begovic the run of games he desired when he moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer. His performances have been good so far for the Blues, in a team where he has been let down by his defence more often than not.

RB- Cesar Azpilicueta

With Branislav Ivanovic still out with a hamstring injury, Cesar Azpilicueta should shift back over to the right, as he did in the last league game against Aston Villa. One of Chelsea's best performing defenders this season, the Spaniard is an industrious workhorse that can't be left out. 

CB- Kurt Zouma

Expect the France international to move back to the centre of the Chelsea's defence on Saturday. He had a successful experience at right-back for Chelsea in Kiev midweek, helping the Blues keep a clean sheet - but his pace in the middle could be crucial against a counter-attacking team in West Ham.

CB- John Terry

When going away to one of the most hostile grounds in the Premier League, you can't leave out your captain, especially as he rediscovers his form. Playing the whole 90 minutes of both of Chelsea last two games and keeping clean sheets in both, Terry has rarely looked troubled. His leadership and organisational characteristics will be a key factor if Chelsea are to take all three points.

LB- Baba Rahman

After making his full Premier League debut in last weekend's win against Aston Villa, Rahman was left out of the starting XI for Tuesday's trip to Kiev. His debut was shaky to begin with, as he looked suspect defensively. However, he grew into the game and finished with a solid, if unspectacular display. another player with good pace who will offer Chelsea energy and attacking threat down the left hand-side.

CM- Ramires

Chelsea's Brazilian engine has been in spectacular form recently and has subsequently worked his way back into the starting XI. He was fantastic alongside Matic in Kiev, offering Chelsea more defensive work than Fabregas in that role. His energy in midfield will allow Chelsea to break quickly on West Ham, while he also has the ability to score goals from midfield.

CM- Nemanja Matic

Man of the Match in the Champions League in midweek, the Serbian looked like the man mountain that couldn't be left out last year. Matic has found life more difficult than most this season, being a subbed substitute in Chelsea's defeat to Southampton. Having Ramires alongside will help Matic remain solid and prevent him getting isolated as he has done so often this season.

CAM- Oscar

After a difficult start to the season through injury and form, Oscar needs to get back on the pitch and prove the doubters wrong. He may be aided this weekend by Mourinho's criticism of Ruben Loftus-Cheek's defensive nous, when the England Under-21 international was dragged off at half-time. Oscar's main rival for a place in the team is Cesc Fabregas, although with the Spaniard looking in desperate need of a rest Oscar should get his go this weekend. 

RM- Willian

Chelsea's best outfield player this season, Willian has started to add goals and assists to his game to make him a well-rounded attacker. His dynamism and defensive work-rate is treasured by Mourinho and should see him beat the under-performing Pedro to one of the spots on the wing.

LM- Eden Hazard

Plenty was made of Hazard's absence from the first XI against Villa, with Mourinho's post-match criticism of Hazard's defensive duties raising further speculation of his future in a Chelsea shirt. Despite a reported move to Real Madrid being on the cards, Hazard was restored to the team against Dynamo Kiev and looked hungry in the first half. He did, however, fade in the second half but the first 45 minutes was enough to give hope to Chelsea fans that the Belgian is returning to his best.

ST- Diego Costa

Last weekend saw the opinion-dividing Costa score his second league goal of the season and then play a big part in the second, when his cross was deflected in. The only real option for Mourinho up front with Falcao and Remy flattering to deceive when given their opportunities to start games. Costa adds a character and aggression to a Chelsea team that looked devoid of personalities in his absence. It is for this reason that he will start for Chelsea on Saturday.

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