Monday 15 August 2016

Kante, Conte and.....Diego Costa!

About time!
It's a tough opener for SuperSlav's men but many would say that it's a good time to take on a revitalised Chelski at the Bridge. In many respects the pressure is mostly on Antonio Conte's men as they will be expected to make the running. Such 'underdog' status usually suits Bilic who will alomost certainly play it tight to frustrate Chelsea before bringing on Mr Payet for the final quarter.

Chelsea fans are expecting to see N'Golo Kante debuting in the midfield holding role and his battle with Noble and Kouyate will be key to deciding this match. Equally, West Ham have an obvious weakness at right back where the in form again Eden Hazard will be hoping to announce his return as chief terrorizer of Premiership defences. If Sofiane Feghouli starts in right wing position he will need to drop back to assist Michail Antonio, unless Bilic starts with new signing Arthur Masuoku at left back and switches Sam Byram to his more natural RB position.

As always the loveable Diego Costa will lead the Chelsea attack where Reid and Ogbonna will expect to match him for physicality. For West Ham, Andy C looks ready to finally deliver on his potential and will look to develop on his excellent pre-season form. We expect Andre Agew to be sprung from the bench with Payet on 70 minutes to lead the Hammers to victory and revenge for Chelsea's very very fortunate late draw in the corresponding fixture last season.



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