Chelsea eyeing six-in-a-row at West Ham United

Chelsea eyeing six-in-a-row at West Ham United

Chelsea visit West Ham United on Sunday aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

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Maurizio Sarri’s side have won all five games this season to sit top of the standings ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

The Blues are one of only three teams who have previously won six-out-of-six at the start of a new campaign and the only club to have done so twice. They went on to clinch the title on both occasions.

Chelsea head into the game on the back of a 1-0 away victory over PAOK Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday and Sarri will be hoping his squad isn’t affected by the long round trip.

Sarri made five changes from Saturday’s 4-1 win against Cardiff City, and the way his side controlled the match suggests they have a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge for silverware this season.

Eden Hazard was rested along with David Luiz and Mateo Kovacic, but the trio are likely to return to the starting XI at the London Stadium. Olivier Giroud is expected to replace Alvaro Morata up front.

Hazard is enjoying a sensational start to his seventh season at Chelsea and he goes into the weekend as the league’s top scorer with five goals. He is fancied to get on the scoresheet again on Sunday.

While Chelsea have swept all before them this term, the Hammers have struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.

Manuel Pellegrini must have been relieved to see his side pick up their first points of the season with a 3-1 win at Everton last Sunday, but things don’t get any easier over the next few weeks.

West Ham face Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in three of their next four fixtures and they could be back in the bottom three after that run of games.

Marko Arnautovic is a doubt for the game after picking up a knee injury at Goodison Park, while Jack Wilshere remains on the sidelines.

Chelsea will eager to avoid a repeat of their last visit to the London Stadium back in December, where Arnautovic’s early goal gave West Ham a 1-0 victory.

The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge later in the season, but Chelsea look a banker bet to record an away success this weekend.

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