Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 2 March
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
It doesn’t matter who we play anymore this season, I dread games now. From our poor form, to Torres’ lack of goals we are utterly, (and woefully) predictable and we all know why.
Hang on though, because in the middle of all that doom and gloom is a tiny ray of hope. Remember what happened after our last two games against West Brom? Well, whilst we were less than impressed with RDM’s departure in November and some of us weren’t exactly in favour of AVB’s sacking in the March before that, with this particular fixture we will live in hope that third time is indeed lucky!
And no, I’m not wishing defeat on us – nothing could ever make me actually want that – the only thing I want us to lose is the ‘interim’. Fingers crossed.
Going into today’s game, WBA manager Steve Clarke, who of course has been questioned on anything but the game says on FSW’s tantrum “Has he had a fair crack of it? If you are manager of a club like Chelsea you know what comes with the territory. Has it (his treatment) been unfair? It’s not for me to judge. I work for West Bromwich Albion. It’s a Chelsea matter.” Whilst on the hopefully soon to be vacant manager’s post he says “I think it’s too early to start connecting me with Chelsea. There’s a lot of managers that have probably got a better case than me. But if you’re asking if I want to be manager of a top team in the future, of course. If you don’t have that ambition to better yourself you shouldn’t be in the game. But it’s not for now. The connections are inevitable. I can’t do anything about that. Chelsea has been a big part of my life, I’ve spent more than 40% of it connected with them.”
For Chelsea, Yossi Benayoun is out with an ankle injury and Romeu (knee) remains out long-term. Gary Cahill and Azpilicueta are fit again.
For West Brom, Shane Long (ankle) is a doubt and thank the Lord, Lukaku is ineligible to play against us. Goran Popov will complete a three-game ban.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, JT, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Ba
WEST BROM (Possible line-up): Foster, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Reid, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Long
Chelsea 2-1 West Brom (20th August 2012)
Well, in terms of predicting anything for today, it’s probably a fair bet the interim will get even more stick than he got against Boro midweek. As for the outcome of the game – who knows anymore?