Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

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To be played on Saturday 9th November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Odds: Chelsea 3/10, Draw 5/1, West Brom 12/1

Last season 1-0

Match Preview/Injury news

Chelsea come into this game five points behind Arsenal at the top of the table after a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle at St James’ Park last weekend. If their away form has been a little slack then their home form in the league has been exemplary. They had the opportunity to bounce back quickly in midweek, and did so with a 3-0 victory over Schalke in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. West Brom come into this in pretty solid form and have shown they are capable for springing a surprise on the road and are sitting solidly in 11th place with 13 points from their first 10 games.

On the injury front, Fernando Torres is likely to miss out after suffering a leg muscle injury. Ryan Bertrand may not be part of the squad because of a knock whilst despite rumours of Eden Hazard being injured for the Champions League win over Schalke, it turns out it may have been a case of discipline, so he could be back to face West Brom.

Boaz Myhill should be able to continue in goal for the Baggies after struggling with a calf problem whilst strikers Victor Anichebe and Nicolas Anelka could be available struggling with a hamstring injury and illness respectively. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair could be facing a late fitness test whilst no recovery time has been put on Zoltan Gera’s hamstring injury, and goalkeeper Ben Foster will have to wait until the end of the month to attempt to reclaim his spot in goal.

Statistics

Oscar is Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season with 4 goals

Gareth McAuley, Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino are West Brom’s top scorers in the league with 2 goals each.

Chelsea had 61% possession in their last match, a 2-0 loss away to Newcastle

West Bromwich Albion had 50% possession in their last match, a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace

Five players to watch

Samuel Eto’o

With Fernando Torres out injured and Eto’o managing to bag a brace in the Champions League in midweek, Mourinho may give the Cameroonian the nod to lead the line. Can Eto’o put in a performance that can nail down a starting place for him?

Saido Berahino

He looks a very a promising talent and scored a well-taken goal against Crystal Palace during last weekend’s win at The Hawthorns for the Baggies. Will manager Steve Clark give him the nod on Saturday afternoon?

Eden Hazard

He missed out on the Champions League win over Schalke, something which Jose Mourinho said there was no story over the incident, that it was a simple case of him being late for training. Will he do enough to reclaim his place back in the side for Saturday?

Nicolas Anelka

Anelka could be lining up against one of his former clubs, if he is fit enough, and has yet to really start firing for West Brom. Could he come back to haunt his former employers?

Oscar

He is Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season with four goals, and Oscar seems to be thriving under Mourinho. Expect to see more impressive work from the Brazilian this weekend.

Last time they met

Chelsea 1-0 West Brom – Premier League March 2013

Chelsea were trying to secure Champions League qualification whilst Steve Clark took a West Brom side to Stamford Bridge in search of another big scalp in what was an impressive season for the Baggies. It followed a difficult week for then manager Rafa Benitez who hit out at the fans during an FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, but Demba Ba’s goal was enough to get the win just before the half hour mark to keep Chelsea on course to finish in the Champions League places, whilst the result didn’t effect West Brom’s position as they solidly sat in the top half.

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