Friday , April 16 2021

Chelsea vs West Ham lineups: Roberto axed; Olivier Giroud starts – full team news and Premier League XIs – Evening Standard,




Manuel Pellegrinihas finally axed goalkeeperRobertoafter a dreadful run of form as the West Ham boss looks to turn their form around and hold onto his job against London rivals Chelsea.


With Lukas Fabianski back in training but still a way off being match fit, third choiceDavid Martin, 33, will make his debut at Stamford Bridge.


Roberto has been in woeful form since coming in to replace Fabianski, including effectively throwing the ball into his own net to round off a 3-0 defeat at Burnley.


For Chelsea, managerFrank Lampardhas broughtOlivier Giroudback in from the cold in place of the injured Tammy Abraham after the England striker picked up a hip injury during Wednesday night’s hectic Champions League group group draw in Valencia.


Giroud, who had fallen to third in the pecking order under Lampard this season, has only started one Premier League game for Chelsea so far, coming off the bench in a further three. )                                                                                                                                                 

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson Palmieri, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud

                                                                                                                                                            Subs: Christensen, Kante, Willian, Caballero, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Azpilicueta                                                                                                                                                

West Ham: Martin, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Cresswell, Rice, Snodgrass, Noble, Fornals, Felipe Anderson, Antonio


Subs: Zabaleta, Yarmolenko, Roberto, Sanchez, Haller, Masuaku, Ajeti

                                                                                        Referee: Jonathan Moss                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     



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