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West Brom vs Chelsea Preview: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 16, 2012

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Chelsea will hope to regain top spot in the Premier League as they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

The European champions arrive in the Midlands having not won in their last three games, a run that has seen them drop from first to third in the league.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool last time out with Luis Suarez grabbing a second half equaliser after the Blues missed a host of chances to put the game to bed, so the Italian boss will be looking to get back on track this weekend.

However, they will face a tough task with former Chelsea-man Steve Clarke now in charge at WBA and is making the Hawthorns something of a fortress these days.

The Baggies have dropped just three points at home all season, which was a defeat to Manchester City, and have won five games already in front of their own supporters.

Team News

West Brom will once again be without No.1 Ben Foster in goal as he continues to recover from a groin operation. Boaz Myhill will continue to deputise.

Clarke is also sweating on the fitness of defender Gareth McAuley who picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan on Wednesday. The centre-back is expected to be fit but Gabriel Tamas is on stand-by in case he doesn’t make it.

Youssouf Mulumbu is winning his fight to be fit after suffering a slight hamstring strain while away with Congo, but on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face his parent club.

Chelsea will be without captain John Terry after he was ruled out for at least three weeks with a knee injury picked up during last weeks draw with Liverpool. The defender had only just returned to action following a four-match ban but is now facing another spell in the sidelines.

Ashley Cole is expected to feature after recovering from a hamstring strain but Frank Lampard remains out with a calf problem. Brazilian duo Oscar and David Luiz will be assessed after their long-haul trip to the USA with Brazil in midweek, but both are likely to play.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

On paper the two teams look like a miss-match but West Brom have proven already this season that they are a match for any team, especially on their own turf. Much may depend on how the Blues players have recovered from their excursions in midweek, as many top sides seem to struggle following the international break. So we can see the Baggies pushing Chelsea all the way here, but the away side to just edge it. WBA 1-2 Chelsea.

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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26 Comments

  1. Juda

    November 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Chelsea will jst play more better only if the combination of their trio will be choosen as a first tym.

  2. Sircarma

    November 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    WBA 1 vs 3 Chelsea

  3. godsave

    November 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    all we need 4rm RDM is 2use mako marin.

  4. Lucky

    November 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Play Moses instead of Oscar

  5. Matt

    November 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Pls just give us a win

  6. ishaq

    November 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Plz play marin let him prove him self

  7. Arinze

    November 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Play moses as d main striker nd bench torres nd win ur game so easily.if u can heed 2 my advice RDM.

  8. Shanshy

    November 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    The expected line up is okay but we still need Moses to start matches and still looking forward to see Marin

  9. Arinze

    November 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    A win is my dream, not who playz or scorez!

  10. elijah

    November 17, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Pls, Rdm start moses and so use marko marin in dis match.

  11. Alabi emmanuel

    November 17, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Chelsea will win by 3 to 1 and will need to play marin and mose first to charge them up blues.

  12. tesfaye teshome

    November 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

    CHELSEA 1-0 WESTB

  13. Vico

    November 17, 2012 at 5:57 am

    West brom(1) vs Chelsea(1).nothing more than a draw.

  14. McInas

    November 17, 2012 at 6:14 am

    we should play 3-2-4-1 formation that wil b fantastic ivanovic-luiz-cahil,mikel,ramires,mata,oscar,hazard,marin,torres

  15. Femi

    November 17, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Pls RMD use marko marin nw,He was our best player at pre season.please Dont spoil his career.

  16. Akan

    November 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

    RDM should try and grab all the three point today cos it is very crucial,i hope dis will not be his last match incharge of chelsea just like AVB.

  17. special one

    November 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

    RDM is spoiling marin’s stay at stamford bridge all chelsea fans love marin

  18. Emila

    November 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Chelsea should use Moses as striker and 4get about Tores if they real want to win the match…… Chelsea 3 westbroom 0

  19. Emila

    November 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Chelsea should use Moses as striker and 4get about Tores if they real want to win the match…… Chelsea 3 WBA 0

  20. Emila

    November 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

    RDM pls use Marin let him show us what he has 4 us bcos we see him as a good player

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  22. olaniyan solomon olawale

    November 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

    i dont know what to say about chelsea again,i think if some1 know is problem and he/she have an altanative to solve it,CHELSEA why usin EL NINO instead of moses

  23. Ibro

    November 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I need marin pls rdm let him start 2days march

  24. E.Cletus

    November 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Plz RDM play marin in this match nd start moses.formation should be 4-3-2-1. ashly cole,david luiz,cahill,ivanovic,mikel,ramirez,marin,oscar,hazard,moses.

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