Chelsea vs. West Ham United, Premier League: Preview, team news, how to watch

Thomas Tuchel talks about Chelsea’s restart of the season this weekend, with the team now settling in and all the drama and disruption of the past three months – from the transition of ownership to the historic transfer window – in the rearview mirror middle.

No matter how we want to build it, Chelsea really needs to recalibrate, refocus on intent, approach and attitude. This season is sure to be more challenging than ever, and just because we’ve spent a lot of money and said the right things, we won’t be winning too many games if we continue our gentle, half-hearted shift.

Chelsea conceded more goals than the other three teams and scored less than half of the league’s goals. This is not a recipe for success, let alone sustainable success.

Date time: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 15:00 BST; 10:00 AM EST; 7:30 PM EST
Place: Stamford Bridge, SW6
referee: Andy Madley (on the court); Jared Gillett (VAR)
forecast: Warm

on television: not any (U.K); not any (US); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); Super Sports Premier League (NGA); Elsewhere
stream media: not any (UK); Peacock (US); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)

Chelsea team news: None of our deadline day signings will be available, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is recovering from a broken jaw, Dennis Zakaria is still dealing with administrative matters, but Wesley Fofana should Ready to debut. Conor Gallagher returns from suspension. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James should also be back healthy, although N’Golo Kante is still sidelined.

But Chelsea’s problems have less to do with personnel and more with the application of effort and the execution of ideas, and the areas where we need to improve the most are those that are hard(er) to quantify. Scheduling isn’t going to get any easier anytime soon, and we must rise to the challenge and live up to expectations.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Photography: Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images

West Ham United team news: It’s been a relatively quiet deadline day in East London, but that’s mostly because they’ve done their business in due time, signing Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet and Thilo Kehrer relatively early, and in the last week of the window. Joining Emerson and Lucas Paqueta. Mark Noble retired and Andriy Yarmolenko headed to the Emirates for a salary, but otherwise, on paper, this team is clearly stronger after finishing 7th last year.

Of course, that doesn’t automatically translate into points, with West Ham starting the season with back-to-back losses before beating struggling Aston Villa 1-0 last weekend. A 1-1 draw with Spurs in midweek could mean the Hammers have turned the corner and are ready to make us miserable at the Bridge this weekend.

Before: 14 of these two teams’ last 16 games have been decided by a goal (or less), as was the case in both of last year’s meetings, we won 1-0 here, West Ham 3 -2 swept the city. Christian Pulisic scored the 90th-minute winner in late April; could he have a chance to repeat that trick?

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