The opening weekend of the eagerly anticipated 2016/17 is almost upon us, and the excitement surrounding the huge spectacle is nearly at a fever pitch. New managers, new players, even a new stadium; the race for the title, the Champions League, and battle for safety all begins in a few days. There are some tantalising fixtures in the opening round of matches, and amongst them is Chelsea vs. West Ham. Let’s examine three key players on either side who might determine the outcome of this London derby.

5. Michail Antonio (West Ham)

The midfielder, signed from Nottingham Forest in 2015 was one of the revelations in the league last season. Having been converted to a fullback midway through the season, he showed what you lack in technique; you can make up for with hard work and fearlessness.

He’s shown some significant improvements over the course of the year.


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