West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini brings his struggling side to face Chelsea and a daunting reunion with Frank Lampard on Saturday.

West Ham have not won in eight games. The Hammers have slipped from third in the league to 17th in just two months.

As a result Pellegrini’s future is in serious doubt.

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West Ham and Pellegrini face daunting Lampard reunion

West Ham boo boy Lampard is doing a sterling job at Chelsea. Hammers fans are dreading the prospect of the Academy of Football graduate sending his old side closer to the bottom three.

It is a reunion for Pellegrini and Lampard who worked together when the former midfielder signed for Manchester City back in 2014.

Central to West Ham’s demise has been hapless goalkeeper Roberto.

And that looks set to be one of three huge changes Pellegrini makes for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

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Three big changes to West Ham for Chelsea trip

Supporters have been calling for David Martin to replace the player dubbed by fans as the worst in the club’s 125-year history.

Tony Cascarino says Roberto is the worst goalkeeper in Premier League history (The Times).


And Pellegrini finally looks set to buckle and play Martin, with the rationale being he could not possibly do any worse.

There will be a shock inclusion of Carlos Sanchez, who actually played well when he came on against Tottenham last time out.

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Sanchez a surprise inclusion

Declan Rice will drop into the back four to replace Issa Diop.

Robert Snodgrass’s workrate and effort will see him retain his spot.

And Michail Antonio will be back in the starting line-up in the place of Andriy Yarmolenko.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Chelsea:

Martin, Fredericks, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Noble, Sanchez, Anderson, Antonio, Haller.

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