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Yarmolenko could decide the fate of West Ham’s London derby against Chelsea

Yarmolenko could decide the fate of West Ham’s London derby against Chelsea

Chelsea take on West Ham in a London derby at the London Stadium tomorrow as Maurizio Sarri’s men look to maintain their one hundred percent start to the season.

And many people will be expecting the Blues to do just that given the way they have been playing, especially in comparison to their Sunday opponents.

West Ham were able to gain both their first points and win of the new campaign last weekend after they beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park but, prior to that victory, the Hammers have been extremely poor.

That being said, the win on Merseyside could have truly been a turning point in the east London club’s season and tomorrow’s game is one Manuel Pellegrini’s men are more than capable of winning.

Going into the match, should he be fit, Marko Arnautovic will be the man West Ham look to for inspiration and is likely the individual who Chelsea have identified as the biggest threat to their chances of going back to west London with all three points.

The 29-year-old was the match-winner the last time the two sides met at the London Stadium, scoring the game’s only goal and will no doubt fancy his luck again when he goes up against the defensively suspect David Luiz.

The defensive third that Luiz operates in is an area West Ham can look to exploit all together. As efficient as he is going forward, Marcos Alonso is a very weak defender in 1v1 battles and is easily beaten by the pace of a winger or a piece of skill.

And in £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Andriy Yarmolenko, who played a key role in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton by scoring a brace, West Ham have the perfect tool to hurt Chelsea in that region of the pitch.

The zone between Luiz and Alonso is the blind spot when the Blues are without the ball, and Maurizio Sarri’s overall concern with his team’s defensive transitions can give West Ham much confidence heading into what is likely to be a fiery London derby.

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