Chelsea best possible XI in 3-4-3 v West Ham: Star striker axed as attacking duo return
By Emma Sanders
Chelsea travel to the London Stadium on Wednesday evening to take on West Ham in the EFL Cup and should start with Oscar and Willian while leaving Diego Costa out of the squad.
They are expected to welcome the return of their captain, John Terry to give them a huge boost but Oscar and Willian should also be given starts after returning from time away to cope with family bereavements.
Terry is expected to start for Chelsea as Antonio Conte could make several changes to his side, despite enjoying recent success in the Premier League.
Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta lined up in defence during Chelsea’s 4-0 thrashing over Manchester United on Sunday but Terry should come into the back three in place of his England teammate.
As well as dropping Cahill, Costa and Pedro should be left out of the squad, as Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Willian should line-up in attack.
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Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic have been recovering from injuries and may be available but they should not be risked from the starting line-up.
Instead, N’Golo Kante should retain his position in midfield alongside Nemanja Matic to give added protection to the back three who will experience a slight change with Terry returning after six weeks off.
Marcos Alonso should start in the left wing-back role after appearing against Manchester United and deserves to feature in another cup fixture.
Asmir Begovic is likely to get some first team action too and that is always a good thing for a reserve keeper and cup competitions are the perfect opportunity to implement that.
The Hammers were defeated 2-1 in the season opener when the two sides met but it will be the first time Chelsea travel to the London Stadium on Wednesday.
In other Chelsea team news, this senior figure is set to boost Conte’s side ahead of West Ham clash.