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A new era in Chelsea has begun

Last updated: January 11, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 7:45pm
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDDWL
Away form: WWLLD
Last season: 2-0
Competition: The Premier League

It’s been three Premiership rounds since Guus Hiddink was appointed as Chelsea’s manager and The Blues look like a completely different team. The players seem to be more motivated and the last two results prove it. The Blues recorded a draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United and then they were impressive against Crystal Palace and won 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Furthermore, Chelsea’s home performance isn’t that bad. The Blues have lost only 1 of their last 6 matches at Stamford Bridge (all tournaments).

Now, Chelsea have another difficult task – The Blues will host West Brom on Wednesday. The Baggies are on a run of two consecutive Premier League victories. They won 1-0 against Newcastle and then recorded a 2-1 victory against Stoke City a week ago. But West Brom’s last victory away from home was two months ago when The Baggies beat Norwich 1-0.

West Brom’s players traditionally feel very uncomfortable when visiting Stamford Bridge. For instance, the last Baggies’ away victory over Chelsea was recorded on 30th September 1978 when West Brom beat The Blues 3-1! So, it’ll be a big surprise if The Baggies win the game.


Team News

Ben Foster is very close to recovery. The English goalkeeper has been suffering from a knee ligament injury since March 2015.

Jonas Olsson, who is West Brom’s key defender is injured. The Swedish international has recorded 13 appearances and 1 goal this season.

Eden Hazard has received a groin strain against Crystal Palace in the last premiership round. The Belgian will be missing for at least two weeks.

Remy, Gary Cahill, Falcao and the new signing Atsu for Chelsea are also injured. So, the only option in The Blues’ attack is Diego Costa.

Quotes of the week

guus hiddink Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) : “We don’t need to add a lot to the quality of the players. When they get the ball, they know how to play.”

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “Saido has trained well and he was really disappointed I never started him today but I made the decision to go for Rick.”


Expected line-ups:

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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Terry, Zouma, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Begovic, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Ramires, Matic, Traore.
Injured: Falcao, Hazard, Cahill, Atsu, Remy.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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WBA (4-2-3-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Brunt, Evans, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Sessegnon, Morrison, Lambert.
Subs Yacob, McManaman, Gamboa, Chester, Rondon, Berahino, Lindegaard
Injured: Foster, Olsson, Anichebe.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

diego costa Diego Costa this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 (1) 1361 6 2,1 2 1 5 0
Josй Salomуn Rondуn Rondon this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 (1) 1282 3 2,4 2 0 1 1

So far this season

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Chelsea this season West Bromwich this season
14 League Position 12
4 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (3)
3-0 vs. Crystal Palace Biggest win 2-1 vs. Arsenal and Stoke
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
4 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (3)
0-3 to Man City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City
Costa (6) Top scorer Morrison, Berahino, Rondon (3)
Willian (3) Assist Leader Brunt, Morrison (3)
Y31, R3 Discipline Y40, R3
5 Failures to score 6
6 Clean Sheets 7
11 Both Teams to Score Games 9
13 Over 2.5 Games 8
7 Under 2.5 Games 12
  • Chelsea have won 10 of the last 11 matches against West Brom at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have recorded 26 home victories over The Baggies in total.
  • West Brom are lying in 12th place with 26 points. Chelsea are just 3 points behind them and if The Blues win they can get ahead of The Baggies in the standings.
  • The last match between these two teams finished with a 3-2 away Chelsea victory. Pedro, Diego Costa and Azpilicueta scored for The Blues.
  • The Baggies have conceded only 8 goals in 9 away matches this season. They have also lost only 3 matches away from The Hawthorns.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/08/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 2-3 Chelsea Pedro 20′
18/05/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 3-0 Chelsea S. Berahino 9′
22/11/14 The Premier League Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Diego Costa 11′
11/02/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-1 Chelsea Ivanović 45′
09/11/13 The Premier League Chelsea 2-2 West Bromwich S. Eto’o 45′