Javier Hernandez equaliser dents Chelsea's Champions League hopes
- Author: Stacy Allen Apr 09, 2018,
Apr 09, 2018, 0:25
Ten minutes later West Ham almost took the lead when Marko Arnautovic broke into the box and rounded the keeper, but saw his effort cleared off the line by a defender.
When asked on the potential returns for Courtois and Pedro, Conte replied: "Yeah, could be".
However, striker Javier Hernandez is available after overcoming an illness.
In contrast, Antonio Conte's men - who are in fifth but 10 points behind Tottenham and Liverpool above them - had 23 shots on goal and were good value for their lead for long periods.
Respects paid, Chelsea had to focus on finding a way to end a damaging run of one win from their previous four league matches.
Gary Cahill is the other player who is back in the starting lineup, donning the armband as he replaces Andreas Christensen.
The Blues got the game off to a flying start following their 3-1 disappointing defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, but all their efforts to ensure they get early goals were unsuccessful.
Alvaro Morata saw goals ruled out in either half for offside, while Willian missed a host of glorious openings as the Blues failed to add to Cesar Azpilicueta's first-half opener and put the game beyond their opponents' reach. Lanzini might not have hit the heights of last season, but he has still contributed three goals and six assists in his 21 league games.
Arnautovic did well to cut the ball back for the Mexican, whose first-time strike from 13 yards out beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post.
The Brazilian has been Chelsea's best player this season and he deserves more than the Europa League next term.
The Hammers will be buoyed by their win over Saints last time out, but do I think they have got enough to go to Stamford Bridge and come away unbeaten? "They created a lot but we stood strong".
Here are the biggest winners and losers from this evening's match between the sides.