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Chelsea and West Brom have both been fined by the FA after their feisty 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in January. 

The Blues were fined £65,000, and the Baggies £35,000, for failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”

Tony Pulis’ side twice came from behind to steal a point in the game, with Chelsea striekr Diego Costa again the limelight for the wrong reasons after several confrontations with West Brom players, including midfielder Cluadio Yacob and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

Yacob, who had already been booked, was swiftly substituted after the flare up between himself and Costa, with Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink branding referee Anthony Taylor “one of the worst” that he had experienced in the Premier League for not dismissing him.

 

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Chelsea have emerged as shock favourites to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino, the London Evening Standard reports.

The article comes after heavy interest from fellow Premier League sides Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, the latter seeing a move for the Baggies misfit collapse last summer.

Berahino has been in the shadows since that deal fell through after threatening to never play for the club again, marring his fledging career at the Hawthorns.

Chelsea meanwhile are in the midst of a striker crisis, with Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa injured. That leaves Loic Remy as Chelsea’s sole striker, with Guus Hiddink’s side being linked with a range of strikers throughout the January window including AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

Odds for the Blues to land Berahino’s signature have been slashed to 1/2, although no firm bid has been confirmed and it is unknown if West Brom are willing to let their man go, despite boss Tony Pulis saying any player could leave the club provided the bid was right.

 

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink was disappointed with the 2-2 result against West Brom, but analysing the game he reckons it was fair:

At the end I think it’s a fair result,” he said in the press conference after the game.

Although in the first half, after going 1-0 up, we had a few chances to make it 2-0 which didn’t happen. Then we conceded an unfortunate goal, we let them penetrate too easily. They scored with two shots from outside the box, they were easy goals. The result is the result.

“The home crowd always want to win but it was a very entertaining game, high intensity, high speed and high tempo from both sides, but at the end we like to win. Especially with the week we have. We’re into the next round of the FA Cup and we have the Everton game on Saturday. It would have been the perfect week if we could have won all three, that was the target.

On Kenedy-Pedro substitution he said:

We didn’t anticipate very well on the loss of the ball (for the first goal). We are now in a period where we want to give the youngsters some chances. Kenedy’s a young guy and was involved in our (second) goal. In the last game we brought on Loftus-Cheek and every now and then they must have this experience.”

About the battle of Diego Costa with WBA defenders:

They were challenging each other. That’s their right, there was a bit of provoking but that’s their way. I didn’t see any bad things. If you have to push the players it’s difficult to survive in the Premier League. Every now and then if you have to control them it’s much better.”

Hiddink doesn’t believe the hopes for the fourth spot are over:

As long as it’s possible mathematically to get fourth position we will go for it. We have to win all our games, at home at least. We need an average of 2.8 points which is difficult. You have to win your games at home.”

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Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom at Stamford Bridge (19:45 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking secure back-to-back league wins for the first time this season against a West Brom side who the Blues beat 2-3 in the away encounter.

Lineups:

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fàbregas, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Costa

Subs: Begovic, Kenedy, Ramires, Remy, Cahill, Matic, Loftus-Cheek.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

WEST BROM: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, McClean, Fletcher, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, Rondon

Subs: Foster, Chester, Gardner, Anichebe, Berahino, McManaman, Sessegnon

Manager: Tony Pulis

 

Referee: Anthony Taylor    Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Darren Cann    Fourth Official: Jon Moss

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

Kick Off: 19:45pm GMT

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Guus Hiddink is looking for successive Premier League wins as Chelsea take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (19:45 GMT KO).

The Blues easily overcame Crystal Palace 0-3 at Selhurst Park in what was a perfect start to 2016, and Chelsea will look to complete the double over the Baggies.

West Brom currently sit in 12th, three points and two places above Chelsea, having won a game more after 20 matches this season.

Earlier this season at the Hawthorns, Chelsea’s new signing Pedro scored and grabbed an assist as Jose Mourinho’s side won 2-3.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: LWDDWW (includes one FA Cup game).

West Brom: DLLWWD (includes one FA Cup game). 

 

Team News:

– Diego Costa will be fit to play having overcome a bruised knee.

– Loic Remy is also set to return after recovering from a calf problem.

– Midfielder Eden Hazars and striker Radamel Falcao are both definite absentees.

– Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe are boy set to miss out due to hamstring issues.

– Goalkeeper Ben Foster could also make his return after 10 months out with a serious knee injury.

 

Statistics:

– West Brom haven’t beaten Chelsea away from home since 1978.

– Chelsea are looking for their first back-to-back wins this season.

– Chelsea could lose five home matches in a single Premier League season for the first time in 20 years.

– Tony Pulis’ side have kept a clean sheet in their last eight away games.

– Blues striker Diego Costa has scored three goals in two games – as many as he has all season.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (away vs. Crystal Palace, won 0-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

West Brom (home vs. Stoke, won 2-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, Morrison, Lambert.

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According to the reports, Chelsea are lining up a surprise £20m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

The England Under-21 international has been identified as Chelsea’s new transfer target. It is said that the Blues are considering a £20million bid for the West Bromwich Albion forward.

Due to the fact that Falcao’s loan deal from Monaco is set to be scrapped after a disappointing spell, Jose Mourinho is looking for a suitable replacement and Berahino is understood to be on his radar.

The 22-year-old was valued over £25million in the summer but it is said that Albion may reduce the price. According to the rumours even if he will have only 18 months left on his contract in January, it is unlikely that he will extend his contract at the Hawthorns which may be a chance for Chelsea to lure the striker.

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Pedro regrets moving to Chelsea and has told friends, including Cesc Fabregas, that he wants to move back to former club Barcelona, according to reports in Spain this morning.

Pedro joined the Premiership champions towards the end pf thew last transfer window turning down Manchester United who he had appeared set to join days earlier.

The 28-year-old has struggled since the move despite scoring one and setting up another on his debut- the 3-2 win away at West Bromwich Albion- and according to Spanish news site Fichajes would take the chance to return to his hometown club where he won three European Cups should it arise.

As he was forced out of the Barcelona first team, where he was once a regular member, by the signing in 2014 of Luis Suarez it appears unlikely that he will get the chance to move back to the Catalan giants.

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Jose Mourinho has said that he would put Tony Pulis in charge of a club if the choice was his. 

The Chelsea boss has always praised Pulis, who is currently in charge at Premier League rivals West Brom.

The Blues, who have won only two of their opening eight Premier League games and lost four, are currently 16th in table and are level on points with Pulis’ Baggies side, who also have eight points.

If I was in charge of a club, (Pulis) is the first manager I would contact,” Mourinho said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

57-year old Pulis spent eight years at Stoke, guiding them to the top flight, before leaving the Britannia and saving Crystal Palace from relegation in 2013. He then left the Eagles in the summer of 2014 to join West Brom.

The Welshman has never been relegated from the top flight.

He has only ever had to coach teams who have had to survive, scrape results and find stability,” Mourinho said.

The numbers when it comes to Tony and his record are incredible.”

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Santi Cazorla believes that Diego Costa will fire Spain to Euro 2016 qualification, despite a poor start to the Premiership season with Chelsea.

Costa has scored just once in four matches as Chelsea have recorded one win so far this season, the second goal in the 3-2 win over West Brom.

The two-time European Champions face Slovakia in Oviedo today and can go top of their group with a win. Costa has played in just two of Spain’s six qualifiers so far in this campaign due to a recurring hamstring injury, something that has also harmed his Chelsea form since the end of last season. The Brazil-born centre forward is still first choice up front for the national side, however.

Speaking about his teammate and his country’s chances of qualification, Arsenal’s Cazorla said this:

“I speak to Diego a lot and he says he’s feeling great.

“On other occasions when he’s come to the Spain squad with injuries he has not been in his best physical condition.

“Right now he feels good and he’s enthusiastic. He’s going to be a vital player and hopefully he can score lots of goals.

“Personally, I’ve been playing all year in this position with Arsenal and I like it,” he added.

“I got used to it quickly. In the last qualifying game I played alongside Busquets and I enjoyed playing there. The main thing though is give my all for the team no matter where I’m asked to play.” 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he was happy with the team performance after he saw his side narrowly overcome West Brom 3-2.

A debut goal from Pedro, as well as first half strikes from Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, were enough to seal a first Premier League win of the season fo the Blues, despite a brace from West Brom’s James Morrison, who also had a penalty saved by the returning Thibaut Courtois early on.

Mourinho, however, said that despite making things difficult for themselves, his side deserved the win:

We deserved it.

“It was difficult but we deserved it.

“3-1 was short with 11 against 11, and with the chances we created, the space we found, and the way we attacked their defensive line.

‘Then with one player less – we are getting experience of that – we adapted well but they scored to make it 3-2. We had the best chances to score the next goal.

“I’m happy we controlled the game well, and I’m happy with the spirit because the players really wanted to win.”

The Portuguese also commented on the performance of new signing Pedro, who was good on the eye at the Hawthorns. The £22 million signing grabbed a goal and an assist on his Blues debut, and his new manager has only heaped on more praise, and encouragement:

He’s a very good player.

“There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately.

“We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it’s very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did.

“I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding.

“We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance.”

John Terry was however dismissed my referee Mark Clattenburg for bringing down Salomon Rondon, which capped off a somewhat misrable week for the Blues captain after he substituted against Manchester City last week.

But Mourinho has said the red card is irrelevant as he pushes on with the season:

I prefer to focus on us.

“To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game – some you can see, others we can see, so many things.

“I have to do what is in my hands which is to train. We have to train 10 against 11. We have done it a couple of times already in Canada.

“We have to do it more because we have to know what to do with 10 men when you are winning, or losing, or chasing a result.

The difference between today and Swansea was exactly that. Against Swansea we had 10 and we wanted to change the result, and today we had 10 and we wanted to keep the result.

“We must have clear ideas about it so it’s something we have to do in training, and that is the only thing in our hands.”

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