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EPL Preview: Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion

Chelsea will entertain West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 11 in the English Premier League on Saturday, 9 November.

Chelsea will entertain West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 11 in the English Premier League on Saturday, 9 November.

The Blues enter Saturday’s clash five points behind table toppers Arsenal, who will travel to Old Trafford to face eighth-placed Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea bounced back from their defeat in Newcastle last weekend with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

Meanwhile, West Brom come into this game on a one-match winning streak, having defeated top-flight newboys Crystal Palace last weekend.

Current Form

Chelsea Home Form: WWWWW

West Bromwich Albion Away Form: DDWDL

Team News

With Fernando Torres (leg) unlikely to regain his fitness in time to feature at the weekend, Samuel Eto’o — the Blues’ man-of-the-match against Schalke on Wednesday — is expected to lead the line for the hosts.

Chelsea boss has confirmed Jose Mourinho Eden Hazard will return to the starting XI against Albion after being left out versus Schalke for missing Monday’s training session.

“He forgot the time, that’s the end of the story,” said Mourinho.

“He’s a kid and kids make mistakes and fathers have to be clever in the way they educate their sons. He wanted to play. He was sad because he didn’t play but we won without him.

“On Saturday [against West Bromwich Albion], he is back so end of story.”

Ryan Bertrand is doubtful to be named to the matchday squad due to a knock.

For West Brom, former Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka (illness) and Victor Anichebe (hamstring) are in contention to feature for the visitors, while goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is likely to start despite a calf problem.

Scott Sinclair, currently on loan from Manchester City, has returned to training and may be available for Steve Clarke’s side this weekend.

Sinclair, a Chelsea player from 2004 to 2010, last featured against Manchester United on 28 September.

Match Facts

The last time these two sides met in the Premier League, Chelsea were able to grind out a 1-0 win under then-manager Rafa Benitez, with Demba Ba netting the only goal of the game.

Ba is 6/5 to score last on Saturday after rounding off the scoring against Schalke in midweek.

Surprising as it may seem, No. 11 Oscar — 16/1 to net two or more goals — is the Blues top scorer in the Premier League this term with four goals in 10 appearances.

The Brazil international, 22, is a must start for your Fantasy Premier League team in Gameweek 11.

Betting Odds

Chelsea (2/7); West Bromwich Albion (11/1); Draw (5/1)

Match Prediction

Chelsea 3 – West Brom 0 (8/1)

Thu 7 November, 2013
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