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  • March 3, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 24838
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Premier League Preview: West Brom - Chelsea

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 welcomes 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 has a number of concerns of its own as well. Daniel Sturridge (toe) is doubtful while Didier Drogba (knee) looks set to miss out, meaning 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 has won 18 of its last 20 games with West Brom, drawing the other two.
  • West Brom has scored the third least amount of goals at home in the Premier League this season.
  • Frank Lampard (pictured right) needs just one goal to reach the 150 mark in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea has drawn six of its last 11 league games, winning three and drawing twice.
  • Roy Hodgson’s side has only won three times at home this term.
  • The Baggies have scored nine goals in their last two league games.
  • Andre Villas-Boas’ team has lost three matches away from home in the league this season, with only Manchester United losing less, only tasting defeat at Newcastle.
  • West Brom has scored 30.3 percent (10) of their league goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.
  • Chelsea is looking for its 12th consecutive Premier League win against the Midlands club.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Chelsea

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
84%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 2
Chelsea FC CHE

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