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How should Chelsea line up against West Ham United in the EFL Cup fourth round?

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Shifting gears slightly, Chelsea switch from Premier League action to EFL Cup action for a midweek trip across London to play West Ham United in the fourth round.

In the previous two rounds, Conte fielded heavily rotated sides and changed even the tactical system from the previously default 4-3-3 to the 4-2-4 used in preseason.  It will be very interesting to see if he does a similar switch from the new 3-4-3 back to the 4-2-4, or if he keeps the faith in the new tactics, which have seen Chelsea win three on the bounce, including Sunday's most impressive 4-0 trouncing of Manchester United.

Of course, this particular exercise is about choosing what you would do if you were in Conte's shoes.  Do you rotate players and formations?  Do you rotate players only?  Do you do neither?  Southampton await on Sunday, but West Ham are no pushovers, especially in a single-elimination scenario.

Chelsea do have, more or less, a healthy squad.  The only question marks are over the fitness of Cesc Fàbregas and Branislav Ivanović, neither of whom have been available since the international break earlier this month.  I've seen at least one source claim that Ivanović won't be fit until the weekend while Fàbregas won't be expected back until the weekend after that, but I'm not sure how reliable those are.  Kurt Zouma did make his return from injury in yesterday's Development Squad game, but he's a few weeks off yet from full match fitness.

Choose wisely.

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