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Chelsea are struggling at the Olympic Stadium as West Ham got the lead with Kouyate’s fine header which still makes the difference at halftime.

Batshuayi and Kante had great chances to level the game but goalkeeper Randolph saved, while both Oscar and Willian tried to create goal attempts during the first half.

Also Dimitry Payet went close to scoring but Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic scrambled the ball away for a corner kick.

Chelsea West Ham

WEST HAM 1-0 CHELSEA

11′ Kouyate

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West Ham – Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Fernandes, Obiang, Noble (c), Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Antonio

Subs: Adrian, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Zaza, Collins, Ayew, Fletcher

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Chelsea –  Begovic; David Luiz, Terry (c), Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Aina; Willian, Batshuayi, Oscar

Subs: Eduardo, Alonso, Matic, Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa, Solanke

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Olympic Stadium

Kick-off: 7.45 BST

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Chelsea are set to face West Ham in the EFL Cup round four at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

Team News

CHELSEA

Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic, John Obi Mikel and Marco van Ginkel all won’t feature tonight;

Kurt Zouma has almost recovered from his knee injury and made an appearance for the under-23 side on Monday, anyway is expected to be dropped;

Antonio Conte speaking at press conference said the players are ready to play in both 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and 3-4-3.

WEST HAM 

– Aaron Cresswell should be ready to feature;

– Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram and Arthur Masuaku won’t feature tonight as they are all recovering from injuries;

– On the other hand Andre Ayew is set to return to the squad after suffering a thigh injury last month.

Ayew

 

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA

(3-5-2) – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz; Aina, Chalobah, Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Willian; Solanke, Batshuayi

WEST HAM 

(3-4-3) – Randolph; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Antonio, Noble, Oxford, Cresswell; Lanzini, Calleri, Payet

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Roma centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who is currently recovering from an injury, has been targeted by Manchester United, according to reports in England.

It is understood also Chelsea recently tried to sign the German international before he suffered a knee injury last June.

Anyway, according to Record, the 23-year-old defender has been targeted also by Porto.

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Former Stoke City star Steven N’Zonzi has been targeted by Chelsea as midfielder Nemanja Matic needs a replacement, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The Sevilla defensive midfielder is under contract at the Sanchez Pizjuàn until June 2019.

Also Arsenal are reportedly tracking the 27-year-old, who has a £27m buyout clause in his contract.

 

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During the press conference to preview the EFL Cup derby against West Ham Blues boss Antonio Conte was asked again about what happened with Jose Mourinho at the final whistle on the touchline he said:

“I think in this moment is not important to talk again about a game that for me, the players and the club is the past, Manchester United is the past, now it’s important to be very focused on tomorrow’s game, I think we played a good game, with a good intensity, now it’s important to continue. We have to build something important for the present and for the future

“I think that everyone must show respect for me, for my work, I think that in every game I show myself, I have a history, and you can see it also in my past, this was my behavior on the touchline, I am a passionate man, I want to play with the players and help them, but I always show respect for other teams and clubs, and my history speaks for me.”

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to strengthen the defense when the transfer market window reopens in January and for this reason has given Antonio Conte the permission to land Burnley star Michael Keane to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in England.

It is understood the 23-year-old’s ownership is currently esteemed around £18m and also Manchester United are keeping tabs on their former academy youngster.

Anyway, Keane himself recently revealed that he wants to stay at the Turf Moor despite several exit rumours.

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Juventus are still keen on placing a bid for Chelsea star Oscar when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in Italy.

Manager Antonio Conte played the Brazilian international 6 times so far in the Premier League, anyway rumors linked the 25-year-old with a move to the Serie A side.

Oscar is under contract at Stamford Bridge until June 2019.

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West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna spoke ahead of the clash against Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening, when the 28-year-old will reunite with Antonio Conte.

“I have a really good relationship with Conte but I have to put it to one side,” the former Juventus defender said.

“We have to be focused for that game. We are playing in front of our own fans so the expectation is so high.”

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AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is eager to stay in Italy as Rossoneri are impressing in the Serie A so far, according to reports in England.

His contract is due to expire in June 2020 and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is said to be a great admirer of the the 21-year-old.

The Italy international will reportedly snub interest from Chelsea should the Blues come back to land him to Stamford Bridge in January.

Anyway, Chelsea are reportedly lining up a stunning £49m bid.

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