West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 18th November, 2017
Venue: The Hawthorns
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Our return from the last international break saw us lose to a Crystal Palace side who couldn’t win an argument before our game, this time back from the break its West Brom.
West Brom, like Palace, aren’t in a good place. With no win from nine games and just 10 points from 11 games, the Baggies are in the sort of form that saw them relegated in the 2005-06 season.
Chelsea meanwhile, come into the game off the back of a win against Manchester United before the break and will be carrying fond memories of this fixture last season. The Baggies can all too often be relied on to cause an upset though, so let’s hope memories of the Palace game are more prominent in our players’ minds.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, West Brom manager Tony Pulis says “I’ve got great respect for the football club, the supporters, the chairman, the board – it’s just life. If you don’t get results, you’re under pressure. I understand, the more you give, the more people want. We brought in a lot of good players, players we hoped would gel straight away, and we’ve been unfortunate. Like every team, if you don’t have your best players, especially at the top end of the pitch, you’re going to struggle.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “If you want to try to catch [Manchester City], you have to win every game. But as you know very well in this league, it’s very difficult to win every game. You have a difficulty when you play against a team that is in the relegation zone. For example after the international break last time, we lost against Crystal Palace. I think we have to remember this and to understand that if you want to fight for the title, it’s very important to win and not drop any points.”

SQUAD NEWS
For West Brom, Nacer Chadli (hip) and James Morrison (Achilles) are missing through injury.
For Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi (ankle) and Charly Musonda (knee) are injured and Victor Moses isn’t ready for a return. Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater are both fit and David Luiz will travel to The Hawthorns.

TEAMS
WEST BROM (Possible line-up): Foster; Nyom, Evans, Hegazi, Gibbs; Barry, Livermore, Krychowiak; Phillips, Rodriguez, Rondon
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Fabregas, Hazard, Morata

LAST SEASON
West Brom 0-1 Chelsea (12 May 2017)

RECENT FORM
WEST BROM: LDDLLL
CHELSEA: WLLWWW

OTHER STUFF
~ West Brom have lost 16 of their 22 Premier League games against Chelsea
~ Chelsea have won on their two most recent visits to The Hawthorns
~ Chelsea have won nine of their last 11 away games in the Premier League, losing twice.
~ West Brom have gone nine league games without a win
~ West Brom have taken just 12 points from their past 20 fixtures
~ West Brom’s only league win in nine home matches was on the opening day of this season
~ West Brom have lost the last eight matches in which they conceded the opening goal.
~ West Brom have lost in all 11 of their Premier League home matches against reigning champions

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: West Brom 0-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: West Brom 1-2 Chelsea
SportsMole: West Brom 1-2 Chelsea

One Response to “West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. Chelsea fc will win the match according to the form they are on though they are tired from break
    big win CFC