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Here is the official line ups for today’s game at the Hawthorns between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea:

Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa

Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Remy, Falcao.

West Bromwich Albion:

Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, McManaman, Morrison, Fletcher (c), Yacob, McClean, Rondon

Subs: Rose, Chester, Lescott, Gardner, Gnabry, Anichebe, Lambert

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Tony Cascarino is convinced, that John Terry will be dropped from Chelsea’s starting line-up in today’s clash against West Brom.

John Terry was benched at half-time last Sunday against Manchester City. It has started a flurry of speculation about his future at Chelsea. Also former the Blues striker has decided to join in the discussion.

Cascarino told talkSport :

“I’ve got a feeling he won’t play, but I don’t think he did anything wrong in the City game.”

“Mourinho already had a bee in his bonnet about John. I think he could go for someone different now.”

The starting line-ups are about to appear. Let’s wait and we will see what kind of decision has made Jose Mourinho.

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Kenedy from Fluminense.

The 19-year-old Brazilian forward has joined Chelsea for £6.7million. Kenedy Jose was a part Mourinho’s squad on their pre-season tour to North America. Soon after, Chelsea began efforts to get him a work permit, and the last week they managed to secure it.

Kenedy will wear the No.16 shirt at Stamford Bridge.

New Chelsea signing told club’s official website :

”I am very happy to complete my transfer to Chelsea.”

”It is an exciting time for me to join the English Premier League champions and I hope I can become an important player for the club,”

”I very much enjoyed my time with the squad during pre-season and I am very grateful to Fluminense for allowing me this opportunity.”

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As Chelsea prepare to take on West Brom, we preview the odds as the Blues search for a first win this season at the Hawthorns (13:30 GMT).

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L),William Hill (WH) and Coral (C), correct as of 23rd August.

Chelsea win: SB – 4/7, L – 8/13, WH – 8/13, C - 8/13

Draw: SB - 3/1, L - 14/5, WH – 5/2, C – 11/4

West Brom win: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, WH – 23/20, C – 11/2

 

First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 5/1, L - 5/1, WH - 14/5, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 10/3, L – 3/1, WH – 2/1, C – 7/2

Radamel Falcao: SB – 4/1, L - 9/2, WH - 5/2, C – 4/1

Cesc Fabregas: SB – 17/2, L - 10/1, WH –  5/1, C – 7/1

Loic Remy: SB – 5/1, L – 9/2, WH –  14/5, C – 4/1

No goalscorer: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, WH – N/A, C – N/A

Saido Berahino: SB – 10/1, L – 8/1, WH – 10/1, C – 8/1

Ricky Lambert: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, WH – 12/1, C – 8/1

Salomon Rondon: SB – 9/1, L - 9/1, WH – 9/1, C – 8/1

Victor Anichebe: SB – 10/1, L – 12/1, WH – 10/1, C – 12/1

Brown Ideye: SB – 11/1, L – 10/1, WH – 12/1, C – 10/1
Final Score: 

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 5/1, L – 9/2, WH – 5/1, C – 19/4

2-0: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, WH – 6/1, C – 11/2

2-1: SB - 8/1, L – 15/2, WH – 15/2, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, WH – 10/1, C – 10/1

3-1: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, WH – 14/1, C- 14/1

 

Draw:

0-0: SB – 9/1, L – 17/2 , WH – 17/2, C – 17/2

1-1: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, WH – 7/1, C – 13/2

2-2: SB – 22/1, L – 18/1 , WH – 20/1, C – 20/1

3-3: SB – 100/1, L – 90/1, WH – 80/1, C – 90/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 350/1, WH – 200/1, C – 200/1

West Brom win: 

1-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, WH – 12/1, C – 12/1

2-0: SB – 33/1, L – 28/1, WH – 33/1, C – 33/1

2-1: SB – 20/1, L – 18/1, WH – 18/1, C – 18/1

3-0: SB – 80/1, L - 90/1 , WH – 80/1, C – 90/1

3-1: SB – 66/1, L – 50/1, WH – 66/1, C – 60/1

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Cesc Fabregas was sent off during Chelsea's last visit to the Hawthorns

As Chelsea look for their first win of the season, we preview their clash with West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday (13:30 GMT KO).

The Blues will look to bounce back after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last week, which means that this season is the first since 1998 that Chelsea have failed to win either of their opening two games.

West Brom are also looking for their first win this season, after also going down 3-0 to City and taking an away point at Watford last week, with a 0-0 draw.

 

Last six games:

West Brom: WWWWLD (including friendlies)

Chelsea: WWLLDL (including friendlies)

 

Team News:

– Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns from suspension.

– Oscar and Victor Moses are both out.

– New signings Pedro and Baba Rahman could make their debuts.

– West Brom striker Saido Berahino could start despite transfer speculation.

– New loan signing Serge Gnabry is fit to make his debut.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea haven’t lost back-to-back league games under Jose Mourinho since May 2006.

– The Blues have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven.

– This season is the first that Chelsea haven’t won either of their opening two Premier League games since 1998.

– West Brom have won three of their last four home games against Chelsea, including the 3-0 win over the Blues at the end of last season.

– The Baggies are one of two Premier League sides yet to score this season.

– They have had just two shots on target all season.

 

Starting XI last time out:

West Brom (away vs. Watford, drew 0-0): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, Morrisn, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, Lambert, Berahino.

Chelsea (away vs. Manchester City, lost 3-0): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Ramires, Hazard, Diego Costa.

 

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Jose Mourinho remains calm despite Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League season in 17 years.  Portuguese coach knows that his team must improve, and he knows how to do it.

On the day before the game against West Brom, after a disappointing start to the season, Chelsea players remain calm and concentrated, says Mourinho. The Special One is convinced, that feeling of dissatisfaction which now accompanies the players, will help them to play better.

Mourinho said :

“Do we have to improve? Obviously. Always,”

“We are calm, not happy, but calm. We need that. We need to be unhappy because that feeling makes you work better, better than ever when the results are not good and to be calm is very, very important too.”

Portuguese coach has previously spoken of working with 22 players, while Pedro’s arrival increased the number to 23. But the Special One  calms everyone that this does not mean that anybody  would leave Stamford Bridge :

“It’s not a compulsory thing. I can perfectly have one more player than is normal for us,”

“One more option for me is not a problem. You have injuries, you have suspensions, different competitions to play.

“Hopefully we can progress in the domestic cups too and there are lots of matches to play.

“If you have one more winger in the group, it can be a problem for the wingers not getting the playing time they want, but for me it’s not a problem.”

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Former Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku has urged John Stones to reject both Chelsea and Manchester United in order to develop his talent at Everton.

Everton defender has been the subject of several bids from Chelsea, and all of them have been rejected by the Toffees.

Recently, in the race to sign Stones have joined also Manchester United. But it seems, that Luis van Gaal rather, wants revenge on Mourinho for signing Pedro than he is really interested in the player.

Former Chelsea player, Romelu Lukaku has urged Stones to remain at Goodison Park. Lukaku who joined Everton last year from Stamford Bridge, has no doubts that the young defender should stay at Everton.

Lukaku told Express :

“To be fair John is in a good situation at a good club which believes in him,”

“He is playing and is learning a lot from Phil Jagielka”

“He’s been here two years now but this is the year where he really needs to confirm he is the top player he can be”

“This club has massive potential, with the players we have and the ambition the manager has. He is in a good place. He’s on to a good thing.”

 

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Jose Mourinho has said, that a 60-second phone conversation was all that was required to convince Pedro to join Chelsea.

According to Mourinho, his conversation with Pedro proceeded in this way :

Mourinho: Is it true that you want to leave Barcelona?

Pedro: Yes, it’s true. I love it here. It’s my home, but it’s time for me to move.

Mourinho: Did you sign already for another club?

Pedro: Almost, but not yet

Mourinho : Do you want to come here?

Pedro: Yes, I want

Mourinho : I told people in the club ‘it’s over to you

There’s nothing like the gift of persuasion.

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A source in Paul Pogba’s entourage just confirmed to Chelseanews24, that Chelsea have offered  £40mln plus Oscar and Juan Cuadrado on loan to sign Paul Pogba.

Chelsea have just started negotiations to sign the French midfielder. According to the latest information, Chelsea have offered  £40mln plus Oscar and Juan Cuadrado on loan to sign Paul Pogba.

Coach Allegri since the beginning of the transfer window was trying to sign Oscar from Chelsea. He called him ,,a football innovator” and has never hide, that he would be delighted to have him in the team.

The offer was presented to the president of Juventus Andrea Angelli. The final decision belongs to him.

However, this is just the beginning of negotiations with the club from Turin. In the case of acceptance of the offer, a further step will be direct negotiations with Paul Pogba.

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