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West Ham v Chelsea: 2018-19 Premier League Matchday 6 Live Thread

Can we build off of last week vs our in-form London Derby rivals

West Ham United v Chelsea FC - Premier League Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Let’s just get right into it.

West Ham United will be without Marko Arnautovic, which is obviously a major blow and the only change from the much needed win against Everton last Sunday. Coming in for Arnautovic will be Michail Antonio, so at least Manuel Pellegrini can call upon a player with analogous ability as his Austrian star.

Otherwise, the side remains the same with Andriy Yarmolenko hoping to build off of his brace seven days ago at Goodison Park, as well as the Hammers looking to sustain the positive momentum they finally earned for the first time in this young 2018-19 season.

They will have to contend with the much improved and rejuvenated Chelsea, as Mauricio Sarri’s side has only been matched by Liverpool in the perfection department. With six wins out of six, including the 1-0 victory at PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, the Blues have put away the blues they had with Antoine Conte last season and have enjoyed their new Italian manager much more than they did the previous one.

Pedro’s shoulder injury means Willian comes in for him.

It’s always exciting this fixture, and West Ham have given Chelsea difficulties at either Upton Park or the London Stadium of late. We’ll see how this one goes, as the Hammers look to stop Chelsea’s flawless start to the season.