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  • 3 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: P. Dowd
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West Brom - Chelsea Preview: Andre Villas-Boas' side looking for 12th consecutive Premier League win over Baggies

Roy Hodgson's men have only picked up three victories at home in the league this season but, following nine goals from their last two matches, confidence is back at the Hawthorns


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell
Morrison, Andrews, Mulumbu, Thomas
Odemwingie, Fortune
CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole
Lampard, Ramires, Meireles
Sturridge, Torres, Mata

Roy Hodgson’s West Brom welcome Chelsea to the Hawthorns on Saturday looking to move into the top half of the Premier League, but the former Liverpool manager is sweating on the fitness of a few key players.

Jerome Thomas (hamstring), Paul Scharner (rib) and Chris Brunt (ankle) are all doubtful for the match and will undergo late fitness tests, but it remains unlikely that they will start.

Chelsea have a number of concerns of their own too. Daniel Sturridge (toe) is doubtful while Didier Drogba (knee) looks set to miss out, meaning that Fernando Torres should start, possibly alongside the England attacker, who is expected to have recovered in time.

Elsewhere, Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and John Terry (knee) are both definitely out, with the Blues captain set to miss out for the rest of March.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have won 18 of their last 20 games with West Brom, drawing the other two.
  • West Brom have scored the third least amount of goals at home in the Premier League this season.
  • Chelsea have drawn six of their last 11 league games, winning three and drawing twice.
  • Roy Hodgson’s side have only won three times at home this term.
  • The Baggies have scored nine goals in their last two league games.
  • Andre Villas-Boas’ team have lost three matches away from home in the league this season, with only Manchester United losing less, only tasting defeat at Newcastle.
  • West Brom have scored 30.3 per cent (10) of their league goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.
  • Chelsea are looking for their 12th consecutive Premier League win against the Midlands club.

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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
2Steven ReidDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
51Sam HutchinsonDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Nigerian striker struggled for form for much of the season and had previously gone seven matches without a goal in the league. However, he has bagged five in his last two matches and looks to have the hunger he had in his debut year at The Hawthorns.

Chelsea have been fairly solid away from home this season and West Brom have been poor in front of their own fans, but if the Baggies hope to pick up a win on Saturday, Odemwingie’s presence up front will likely have something to do with it.
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The England midfielder has been in and out of the team all year and his relationship with manager Villas-Boas gets worse by the day if you believe the rumours, but time and time again he has saved his team’s blushes.

The former West Ham man appeared to close to his best last weekend as he surged forward from midfield, bursting into the penalty box several times, also getting his name on the scoresheet. Lampard has looked in determined mood in recent weeks and he will be looking to continue his resurgence as he seeks his 150th Premier League goal.
Prediction
The statistics for this meeting strongly point to an away win with the Blues having a decent enough record on the road this season, while the Baggies have only managed to win three times and score 13 goals at home.

The reports of unrest in the Chelsea camp have hardly helped their form of late, but they should have too much for Roy Hodgson’s men on Saturday.
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