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Premier League

  • 17 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 25933

West Brom - Chelsea Preview: Roberto Di Matteo’s men seeking return to winning ways at The Hawthorns

With just two points from their last three matches, the Blues need to find their form against a fifth-placed Baggies side who have exceeded expectations so far this season



Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt
Odemwingie, Long

Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole
Mikel, Ramires,
 Mata, Oscar, Hazard


Steven Reid (hamstring) could feature for West Brom after playing an hour for the reserves last weekend. However, Steve Clarke has intimated that he will be cautious with the 31-year-old’s return. Romelu Lukaku is ineligible as the Blues are his parent club.

The Baggies are also without goalkeeper Ben Foster, as the 29-year-old recovers from an operation on his groin. However, James Morrison (groin), who withdrew from the Scotland squad midweek, is likely to make a return.

Defender Craig Dawson has been suffering with blurred vision since a training ground incident last week and is still unavailable but Youssuf Mulumbu (hamstring) should be fit, despite missing the international break.

Chelsea will be without John Terry (knee) who picked up an injury in their draw with Liverpool last weekend, while Saturday is also expected to be too soon for Frank Lampard (calf).

There is some good news for Roberto Di Matteo, however, as Ashley Cole (hamstring) and David Luiz (illness) are both likely to make a return to the starting lineup.

Youssouf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob, Ramires and Luiz are all one yellow card away from a suspension.

  • West Brom have won five and lost just one of their six Premier League matches at the Hawthorns this season.

  • Meanwhile, Chelsea have not lost a game away from Stamford Bridge this term, winning three and drawing two.

  • The Blues have won 18 and lost one of their last 21 games against the Baggies (W18 D2 L1)

  • However, that lone loss came the last time these two sides met at The Hawthorns in March - a result which ultimately cost Andre Villas-Boas his job.

  • In the visitors’ last 11 matches in all competitions an average of 4.55 goals have been scored.

  • All three of the hosts' first-team strikers – Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku – have three goals this term.

  • Juan Mata (pictured, right) has four goals and six assists this campaign, and his superb form saw him crowned the Premier League’s Player of the Month for October.

  • The hosts’ manager, Steve Clarke, was assistant to Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant when they managed Chelsea, and notched up 421 appearances for the club in his playing days, while Roberto Di Matteo managed the Baggies between 2009-2011, taking them into the Premier League in the process.

Players to watch

J. Morrison

Position: Midfielder

Games: 23

  • 5
  • 2
  • 0
The midfielder already has three goals for West Brom this campaign, as he and his side have both started the season in blistering form. The Scotland international will pose a constant threat to the Chelsea defence, as he has the ability to shoot from distance as well as getting himself onto the end of crosses into the box.

Fernando Torres

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
With the criticism the Spaniard has come in for recently, it is hard to believe he is Chelsea’s joint-top scorer in the Premier League with four goals this term. But with talk surrounding the arrival of a new striker at Stamford Bridge in January – most notably Radamel Falcao– the former Liverpool man will no doubt want to send a message to the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Editor's Prediction

Chelsea have endured a dip in form after a strong start to the campaign, and are without a win in their last three matches. West Brom’s incredible home form will certainly provide a tough test for a faltering Blues side, however, with the amount of quality the visitors possess throughout the team, it is difficult to see past them returning to winning ways at The Hawthorns, although it should be far from a walk-over.

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