Chelsea v WBA – Match Preview

Chelsea's Ground Stamford BridgeLast weeks disappointing draw away at Stoke wasn’t the start new Chelsea boss was hoping for and will be looking for a better performance in his first match at Stamford Bridge. His side lacked any sort of creativity from midfield although Fernando Torres looked like he was getting back to his best. Opponents West Brom travel to North London on the back of an opening day defeat to champions Manchester United.

It’s a tough start for Baggies boss Roy Hodgson having to play last seasons top two but his life will be made much easier with Peter Odemwingie set to return along with winger Jerome Thomas. Record signing Shane Long made a goal-scoring debut last weekend and Hodgson will be looking for him to do the same.

Chelsea on the other hand don’t have any major injury concerns with Michael Essien the only long-term absentee. David Luiz could be in contention after recovering from a knee injury. All eyes will be on Torres though after his encouraging display against Stoke and whether he can open his account for the season.

Key Players
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Frank Lampard: With creativity lacking in last week’s game Lampard will have to step up his game and form the link between midfield and attack to get Chelsea firing once again.
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Youssouf Mulumbu: He is the heart of Albions engine room and he’ll need to be ready to put in a massive shift to thwart Chelsea’s attacking threat.

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Match Verdict: 2-0