Chelsea vs. West Brom – PREVIEW

Chelsea vs. West Brom – PREVIEW

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Tony Pulis

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.