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4th Mar, 2017 | 4:53pm

Why West Ham 27-year-old is a major weak link ahead of Chelsea clash

By Dominic Toner

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell could be in for a difficult night on Monday when his side host Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Hammers welcome the league leaders to the London Stadium and will start the game as underdogs.

Slaven Bilic’s side may be unbeaten in their last three matches, but have not kept a clean sheet in their last five games.

West Ham left-back Cresswell, 27, has been performing below par this season and is set to be a major weak link ahead of the Chelsea clash.

The Blues are likely to start Spaniard Pedro on the right wing and he has been in sensational form this season.

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The 29-year-old has the ability to make Cresswell endure a nightmare game and appears to have rediscovered the touch that made him a regular at Barcelona.

Pedro has made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring 11 goals and supplying nine assists.

He has scored in back-to-back games against Swansea and Burnley recently, meaning he will be full of confidence for the London derby with West Ham.

Bilic is likely to continue with Cressswell in defence despite his recent performance, while Arthur Masuaku waits for his chance following his return from injury.

The Englishman has been the preferred option this season and has made 20 appearances, but does not look the attacking threat he did last term.

However, he is likely to spend the majority of the game dealing with in-form Pedro against Chelsea and it will be another major test for him.

In other West Ham news, Pedro Obiang has shared why they have struggled at home this season.

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