Chelsea were beaten to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in the league last weekend, but they bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.
Hakim Ziyech’s goal in the 72nd minute was the difference between the two teams, ensuring the Blues’ top-of-the-table position heading into Saturday’s London derby.
Thomas Tuchel’s side appears to be in a three-way title race with second-placed Manchester City and third-placed Liverpool, and the European Cup holders may easily fall behind the Hammers if they fail to beat them.
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Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell will both be unavailable for Chelsea, while Trevor Chalobah is expected to miss out due to a hamstring injury suffered against Watford.
There will be several changes from the starting lineup on Wednesday, with Thiago Silva, Romelu Lukaku, and Jorginho among those anticipated to start.
In the meantime, Reece James and N’Golo Kante are significant doubts for the visitors, so Cesar Azpilicueta might start at right-back again and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in central midfield.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz