WBA vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Predicted Score

By on February 11, 2014

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Chelsea take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns this evening looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues climbed to the summit of the table on Saturday after capatalising on Arsenal’s slip-up away at Anfield by beating Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, while third-placed Manchester City could only manage a 0-0 draw away to Norwich.

It leaves Jose Mourinho’s men sitting one point clear of the Gunners and two ahead of City, and with their title rivals not playing until Wednesday night, the west Londoners have the perfect opportunity to open up a four point advantage.

They will face a West Brom side who currently sit 18th in the division after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, which was the Midlanders fifth successive game without victory. However, with just four points separating them from 10th-placed Swansea City, a couple of positive results could see them catapult up the table.

Pepe Mel will take heart from the fact that Albion have held both Everton and Liverpool in their last two home games, while he will also be encouraged by their home victory over Chelsea last season.

Team News

West Brom are sweating on the fitness of defender Billy Jones after he picked up a knee injury at Selhurst Park at the weekend. He will be given a late fitness test but is expected to take his place at right-back tonight.

Mel is already without influential defender Jones Olsson, as well as attackers Nicolas Anelka and Stephane Sessegnon for the game.

On-loan signing Thievy Bifouma is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to grab his first goal on Saturday.

Chelsea have been boosted by the return of striker Fernando Torres. The Spaniard hasn’t featured since injuring his knee against Manchester United last month but is now back in the squad after returning to training.

However, Mourinho may decide to stick with Samuel Eto’o in attack tonight and introduce Torres back into the first team against Manchester City at the weekend.

Skipper John Terry misses out once again after failing to recover from a muscular injury that kept him out of the Newcastle clash, so David Luiz will partner Gary Cahill at the back.

January signing Mohamed Salah could make his first start following his £11m move from FC Basel after making an impressive cameo appearance off the bench at the weekend.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian was in sensational form on Saturday, scoring all three goals to ease Chelsea past the Geordies. He will certainly be the man West Brom will need to keep quiet tonight if they want to get a result.

Predicted Score

WBA 1-2 Chelsea: The Blues seem to have found their form just at the right time and we can’t see West Brom being able to stop them extending their lead at the top.

What team would you like to see start and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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16 Comments

  1. dtbello

    February 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    it is will be a tough natch Westbrook will be happy to gain a point but nothing can stop Chelsea from securing the 3 point
    WBA 1-2 CHELSEA

  2. samora

    February 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    chelsea we beat west bromish albion 3 goals to notin from Main man Hazard and oscar

  3. chibuzor

    February 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Chelsea will beat WBA 3:0,gaoals will come from hazard,oscar and salah

  4. Idris ovoko

    February 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Chelsea will beat west brom by 4-1 tonight

  5. makokha moses

    February 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Chelsea’s getting at the top will be unstopable. We expect West Brom to get a beating of high order.3-0 won’t be be bad result in favour of the former.

  6. makokha moses

    February 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Chelsea’s getting at the top will be unstopable. We expect West Brom to get a beating of high order.3-0 won’t be a bad result in favour of the former.

  7. happy emmanuel asukwo

    February 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Wit dis lineup chelsea is winning westbrom by 3goals to noting, up chelsea fans, up eden hazard de world best player in future, up jose mourinho, up all de chelsea players i wish u guyz gud luck.

  8. Sirdio dio

    February 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Chelsea will hold the table by scoring 3:1 chelsea goals from sallah,,,,oscar,,,,,,harzard

    • Musa samuel

      February 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I want chelsea to teach them how to play ball and how to score.i want chelsea to score them like 5-1

  9. Eric Auta

    February 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Well futball is a 90 minuetes game,but i expect JOSE to come up on top,i‘ll like to see Mikel paired wit Ramires at d centre of pack for chelsea and Salah issue a first premier league start..

  10. ajao

    February 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Amazing chelsea wil over come sturborn wBA by 4goals too nothing,am expecting my goals frm d lik of hazard,salah.

  11. kingsley Ebong

    February 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Chelsea will beat WAB.? Chelsea 5- WAB 0

  12. Musa samuel

    February 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I want chelsea to score them like 5-1 i espect 2 goal from hazard 2 from et,oo and 1 from salah

  13. INAH OBOGO

    February 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    No 1 beliv Norwich can hold mancity to a draw, west Brom are not comin out to sleep on the pitch…..xpect a tough a match to night…. Chelsea 3 v 1 Wsb

  14. INAH OBOGO

    February 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    No 1 beliv Norwich can hold mancity to a draw, west Brom are not comin out to sleep on the pitch…..xpect a tough match to night…. Chelsea 3 v 1 Wsb

  15. Ngenoh

    February 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    WBA also need points, remember they draw at Stamford. Chelsea 2-0 WBA

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