The Baggies’ 3-1 away loss to Crystal Palace has put them in the last relegation spot and they’ll need to fight hard against an in-form Chelsea to get anything out of the game. Pepe Mel will be looking at a more defensive approach, breaking on the counter with Saido Berahino or Scott Sinclair on the right of midfield instead of Zoltan Gera. Anichebe should continue to lead the line in the absence of Nicholas Anelka, with Chris Brunt supporting him on the left.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o
An emphatic Eden Hazard inspired 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge put Chelsea on top of the Premier League table and the Blues will be looking to stay there with a trip to the Hawthorns. Jose’ Mourinho could name an unchanged lineup, but Ramires should return to partner new signing Namanja Matic in the middle of the park, with Lampard making way. Another option is also for new signing Mohamed Salah to start on the right instead of Willian. David Luiz replaced the injured John Terry, but the Chelsea captain could feature in this clash.
want west brom to beat chelsea lol
— Tom (@Scouse_Cafu) February 9, 2014
Chelsea face Clarkless, Lukakuless and Longless West Brom next. Feeling good about this one. — Hassan Salman. (@hassansalman) February 9, 2014
Didier Drogba is a Chelsea legend… and here’s why with a trademark dipping free-kick against the Baggies back in 2010.
Eden Hazard’s form has been too good to ignore. Amassing a staggering 21 points last time out with a hat-trick, expect the Belgian magician to produce once again.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea: An Alternative Previ
West Brom have won just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches at the Hawthorns (W1 D4 L2).
Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their last four Barclays Premier League away games.
The Baggies have kept just three clean sheets in their last 22 Premier League games on home soil.
Chelsea have won five and lost just one (D1) of their last seven Premier League games on the road.
After losing their first 11 Premier League meetings with Chelsea, West Brom have lost just one of the last four (W2 D1 L1).
Demba Ba has scored six goals in six Premier League appearances against West Brom; more than against any other opponent.
The seven cautions that West Brom earned against Chelsea earlier this season is the most yellow cards they have ever picked up in a single Premier League game.
Chelsea have scored 11 goals from outside the box in open play this season in the Premier League – more than any other side.
Over a quarter (28% - 8/29) of the goals that West Brom have scored this season have come via substitutes – a league-high proportion.
The Baggies have seen 16 different players score a Premier League goal for them this season; more than any other side in the competition.