Premiership Saturday: West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea preview
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo will visit The Hawthorns to face his former club West Bromwich Albion looking to keep pace with the league leaders Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.
Three games without a victory are usually seen as a mini-crisis at Stamford Bridge and though Di Matteo won’t be axed for this mini slump, but one can feel the pressure is steadily mounting on his shoulder.
The home side under Steve Clarke, former Chelsea player and coach, has been punching above their weights so far and have dropped only three points in front of their home supporters. And that unfortunate defeat came against the reigning champions Manchester City, so one can hardly complain about that.
The Blues will arrive in the Black Country, after slipping from top to third place in the league table and would be looking to arrest this wobbly decline, with a thumping victory against a resurgent Baggies side.
West Brom: In absence of Ben Foster, his deputy Boaz Myhill will once again keep the gloves while defender Gareth McAuley is doubtful after suffering a hamstring injury while playing in the midweek international friendly for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan. Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, will be ineligible to play this tie.
Chelsea: John Terry picked up a knee injury after colliding with Luis Suarez in the last league match against Liverpool while Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard remain doubtful too for the clash.
28/10/2012 (PL) Chelsea 2-3 Man Utd
31/10/2012 (Capital One) Chelsea 5-4 Man Utd
03/11/2012 (PL) Swansea 1-1 Chelsea
07/11/2012 (UCL) Chelsea 3-2 Shaktar Donestsk
11/11/2012 (PL) Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
06/10/2012 (PL) West Brom 3-2 QPR
20/10/2012 (PL) West Brom 1-2 Man City
28/10/2012 (PL) Newcastle 2-1 West Brom
05/11/2012 (PL) West Brom 2-0 Southampton
10/11/2012 (PL) Wigan 1-2 West Brom
West Brom, sitting in the fifth place in the table are steadily building a foundation for a solid season based on their home performances. In the opening day of the season they gave Liverpool a hard lesson of what to expect from them this term. They will provide a stern test for the visitors and it will be interesting to see how the Blues bounce back from their recent wobbles on Saturday.