At last it’s our turn to kick-start our Premier League campaign, but a trip to Stamford Bridge isn’t going to be easy.
The Blues are boosted by the arrival of manager Antonio Conte, as well as Leicester’s combative title winning midfielder Antonio Conte.
But we’re boosted by exciting new faces of our own. Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nortdtveit, Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku are in line for their Premier League debuts in Claret and Blue, but Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini are still sidelined through knee-injuries.
In the build up to the game, Bilic’s thoughts behind who he is going to play at right-back were the subject of speculation – many believing Michail Antonio will continue to get the nod, despite desperately calling for Sam Byram to be deployed in his natural position.
Dimitri Payet’s involvement is still unknown at the time of writing, but you’d think it’s unlikely he’ll be given a starting role given the fact he hasn’t yet had a full pre-season under his belt.
But without further ado, here’s how Slaven Bilic will line his side up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening…
And here’s the Chelsea side we’ll be facing…
Team to face West Ham: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, JT (c), Azpi; Kante; Willian, Matic, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. https://t.co/1ks2aJA2qP
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 15, 2016