Chelsea continues their revival under Thomas Tuchel this season. While Sam Allardyce will look to keep West Brom away from the relegation zone. It was very exciting the last time the two teams meet.
It was a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns. West Brom had scored three goals in the first half. The Blues responded brilliantly by scoring three goals in the second half.
If we consider the recent games between the two clubs, Chelsea have an upper hand. In the previous seven Premier League games, the Blues are unbeaten against the Baggies. Not only this history also favors Chelsea in this tie. The Baggies haven’t won at Stamford Bridge in their previous 15 attempts.
Games like these are a must-win for Chelsea. Though they have improved defensively they can’t compromise on the attack. While for West Brom even a draw would be a great result. It will boost their confidence when going up against other teams.
The flow of the game is very easy to predict. West Brom will try to sit back and defend deep. While Tuchel’s will be on the ball trying to create more chances and score goals. The Baggies will try to score through counterattacks and set pieces.
In recent games, the Blues has been excellent defensively. However, going forward at times there has been trouble. While focusing more on the defensive side of the game, Chelsea has at times compromised on the attack.
This can be seen from their games against Leeds and Wolves. West Brom is very well aware of this having seen Chelsea in the Premier League. It looks like Tuchel is yet to find the right balance between attack and defence.
However, for both Chelsea and West Brom, the most important thing is a victory. Both of them will not care about the way they score if they win the game. Another thing to consider here is the international break. Players especially Chelsea won’t be able to show the same level of fitness as they have done previously.
When and Where?
Chelsea will host West Brom at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League fixture on 03rd March 2021 at 5:00 PM (IST)
Team News and Injury Update
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that all his players are fit except Kante. The Frenchman picked up a knock on international duty.
Starting Line-Up: Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Kai Havertz, Mason Mount; Timo Werner.
West Brom will also have all their players available except Conor Gallagher. The player is on loan from the London club and as per the loan agreement, he cannot make an appearance against his parent club.
Starting Line-Up: Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley, Conor Townsend; Matheus Pereira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu, Robert Snodgrass, Matt Phillips; Mbaye Diagne.
Head to Head stat: Chelsea vs West Brom
In their previous seven Premier League meetings, Chelsea has won five games and drawn the other two. In which they have scored 17 goals and conceded 11 goals in return.
The Italian is clearly not one of the fanciest players at the club. However, he will be crucial in the game. Jorginho will have to keep the game ticking and find killer passes to open up West Brom. Not only this he will have to careful when the Baggies counter-attack.
West Brom- Sam Johnstone
In such big games, teams like West Brom rely a lot upon their goalkeeper. Johnstone will have to be at his lethal best against Chelsea.
The 12th Man Prediction Chelsea 2 vs 0 West Brom
Though Chelsea has been great going forward, they still have players who can make a difference. While West Brom at this moment doesn’t seem to be the team who can cause an upset.