Matic vs Lanzini

Chelsea will tonight face West Ham United in their first match of the 2016/17 Premier League season at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea appointed Antonio Conte as their manager earlier this year, replacing interim manager Guus Hiddink, who was the ‘safe pair of hands’ following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

The Italian will be hoping to rid the Blues of last seasons woes and kick-start his Chelsea career with a win against the Hammers.

Team news

Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante look set to make their Premier League debuts with Chelsea in Monday’s season-opener against West Ham.

Marseille recruit Batshuayi and Leicester signing Kante are expected to play some part as new boss Antonio Conte leads the Blues into the new campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Kurt Zouma is still sidelined with long-term knee trouble, but Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns elsewhere.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Costa, Begovic, Hector, Batshuayi, Pedro, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado.

West Ham

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has a number of big decisions to make in regards to his team for Monday night’s Premier League opener at Chelsea.

He has already confirmed Dimitri Payet will not be fit enough to play the entire game after returning back to pre-season following his Euro 2016 exploits with France, while new signings Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku are also a fitness doubts.

Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini (both knee) are definitely out but former Chelsea youngster Gokhan Tore (knee) is back in training.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Randolph, Byram, Masuaku, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Oxford, Antonio, Nordtveit, Kouyate, Obiang, Noble, Payet, Feghouli, Tore, Valencia, Carroll, Fletcher, Ayew.

Key Match Stats

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham at Stamford Bridge (W7, D3) and have not lost at home to the Hammers in the league since September 2002 (2-3).

The Irons were unbeaten against Chelsea in the Premier League last season (W1, D1); the first time that they have achieved this since 2002-03.

Chelsea have won more points than any other Premier League side on the opening weekend of action (51 points).

The Blues are unbeaten in each of their last 13 season opening fixtures played at Stamford Bridge (W10, D3).

Conte has lost just one of his last 30 league games as a club manager (W27, D2, L1).

The Italian is currently unbeaten in 28 successive league home matches as a club manager (W26, D2, L0), last suffering a home defeat in January 2013 (Juventus 1-2 Sampdoria).

Diego Costa has scored five goals in seven Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the month of August.

Dimitri Payet had a hand in 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances of 2015-16 (three goals, eight assists).

Chelsea haven’t won any of their last four Premier League games on a Monday (W0, D2, L2).

Avram Grant is the only Chelsea manager to lose his opening Premier League game in the Roman Abramovich era (0-2 vs Man Utd, September 2007).

Key Info

Kick-off: Monday, 8pm

Odds (subject to change)Chelsea 4/6, Draw 16/5, West Ham 5/1  

Referee: Anthony Taylor 

Head-to-head league record: Chelsea wins 47, Draws 20, West Ham wins 38

TV info: Sky Sports 1/HD1 on Monday from 7pm

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