Chelsea will aim to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool when they travel to winless West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at 5:30pm.
West Brom XI: Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi; Furlong, Livermore, Sawyers, Townsend; Pereira, Diangana; Robinson.
Chelsea XI:Caballero; James, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz; Abraham, Werner.
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West Brom vs Chelsea build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Chelsea had started well against defending Premier League champions Liverpool last weekend but eventually fell apart following Andreas Christensen’s red card and a mistake from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
West Brom have also been worryingly leaky at the back since their promotion to the Premier League, conceding three at home to Leicester City before Everton put five past them on Matchday Two.
After drawing a blank against Leicester, the Baggies looked more confident going forward at Goodison Park, scoring two excellent goals that will give them confidence (in attack, at least) when Chelsea come to town.
But Frank Lampard’s men have plenty of their own talent up front, as they proved by mauling Barnsley in the EFL Cup on Wednesday. Will Chelsea score freely again? Or will West Brom tighten up and stun the Blues?
- West Brom (vs Brentford): Button; Peltier, Kipre, Ivanovic*, Townsend; Harper, Field, Phillips, Gallagher*; Edwards, Robson-Kanu.
- Chelsea (vs Barnsley): Caballero, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Thiago Silva, Emerson; Barkley, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount; Abraham.
Both sides are likely to make a handful of changes after giving fringe players a chance in the EFL Cup. West Brom should welcome back Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira after their goals against Everton, but Branislav Ivanovic, who made his debut in midweek, is a doubt to face his former club. Kieran Gibbs is suspended following his red card at Goodison Park and Conor Gallagher is ineligible to face his parent club.
Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell could make their league debuts for Chelsea after featuring against Barnsley. This game comes too soon for new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, so Frank Lampard has a decision to make between the sticks: Does he recall Kepa Arrizabalaga after his error against Liverpool? Or go with Willy Caballero again?
Players to watch:
West Brom: Mark Noble’s disappointment at seeing West Ham United let Grady Diangana leave for West Brom was justified last weekend when the 22-year-old scored an excellent goal against Everton. Sadly the goal was followed up by the disappointment of defeat at Goodison Park followed by a costly penalty miss in the shootout loss to Brentford in midweek. But that will only motivate Diangana to get back on the goal trail this weekend.
Chelsea: It was the polar opposite of Diangana’s emotions for one Chelsea player in the EFL Cup. Kai Havertz bagged his first Chelsea goals and first senior hat-trick as the Blues thrashed Barnsley 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. The German was in electric form in front of goal, linking up particularly well with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, though it’s worth noting Barnsley’s defending left a lot to be desired almost gifting the Blues opportunities at times. Havertz may not get as many chances against West Brom this weekend, but his confidence will surely be through the roof, which could be bad news for the Baggies.
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