Sunday, August 23, 2015

West Bromwich Albion VS Chelsea Preview

Visits to The Hawthorns have had dire ramifications for recent Chelsea managers. André Villas Boas and Roberto di Matteo were ousted soon after defeats in the Black Country and, while the same fate will not await José Mourinho, this is still an awkward trip at a tricky time. The champions are enduring their worst start since 1998 and, having toasted the arrivals of Baba Rahman and Pedro Rodríguez, are anxious for a first win this term. Tony Pulis has beaten Mourinho with Crystal Palace and West Brom in the last 16 months. His own side’s slow start to the season could also do with a fillip.

Kick-off Sunday 1.30pm

Venue The Hawthorns

Last season West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 0

Live Sky Sports 1

Referee Mark Clattenburg

This season G1, Y7, R0, 7.00 cards per game

Odds H 11-2 A 4-6 D 3-1

West Bromwich Albion
Subs from Rose, McClean, Olsson, Róndon, Gardner, McAuley, Yacob, Ideye, Anichebe, Sessègnon, Gamboa, Pocognoli, Nabi

Doubtful None

Injured Foster (knee, Oct)

Suspended None

Form LD

Discipline Y6 R0

Leading scorer n/a

Subs from Begovic, Blackman, Cahill, Aina, Mikel, Rahman, Ramires, Rémy, Cuadrado, Loftus-Cheek, Traoré, Falcao

Doubtful Courtois (knee), Pedro (match fitness)

Injured Oscar (calf, 29 Aug), Moses (groin, Sep)

Suspended None

Form DL

Discipline Y3 R1

Leading scorer Oscar 1

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