Chelsea got their first win under Guss Hiddink in their last outing and they will be looking to build up that performance when West Brom visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Blues have finally seem to find some rhythm and managed to avoid defeat in every match since the departure of Jose Mourinho. But Chelsea are still lurking around the dangerous relegation zone and they may be keen to further slip. The 2-0 win against Scunthorpe in the FA cup tie might have come as no surprise, but the team can take a lot of positives from a solid display.
West Bromwich Albion are currently three points ahead of Chelsea in the league table and they are coming on the back of a 2-2 draw against Bristol City in the weekend. They are making amends to the poor start of the season lately and are coming to London with back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
Chelsea vs West Brom : Team Form Guide
Chelsea’s last five matches read 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. Since the defeat to Leicester City in November, the team has started to score goals on a consistent basis with an exception of the 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
West Brom are coming on the back of consecutive wins in the league and they are certainly no pushovers. But their away form has been pretty poor this season and has only one win in 6 games on the road.
Chelsea vs West Brom : Head-to-Head Stast
The head-to-head record in the last five encounters between the two sides narrowly favors Chelsea with two wins, two draws and a loss.
While playing at home, Chelsea are unbeaten in the last 11 matches against West Brom in the league. Out of those 11 matches, the Blues are victorious in 10 and the Baggies’ last win came in 1978.
Chelsea : Team News
Eden Hazard alongside Loic Remy and Falcao are certain absentees for Guss Hiddink. But there is more headache for the coach as Diego Costa and Oscar struggling for fitness.
John Terry and John Obi Mikel could return to the starting lineup after rested in the weekend FA Cup clash against Scunthorpe.
Nemanja Matic is expected to recover from a head injury he suffered in the training and is expected to start on Wednesday.
Chelsea : Predicted Line-up
West Brom : Team News
Tony Pulis has the luxury of a healthy squad ahead of the trip to London with Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe are the players injured in the squad.
Both Salomon Rondon and James McClean are available for selection after serving their three-match ban.
Ben Foster who made his first appearance of the season in the FA cup draw against Bristol City in the weekend is expected to retain his spot.
West Brom : Predicted Line-up
Chelsea vs West Brom : Prediction
The Blues have certainly improved under the Dutch boss, but they are still missing the lethal punch they used to have in previous season.
While West Brom are a side whose first half of the season is pretty similar to that of Chelsea and are in the process of recover. Their superb performances against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool this season has to be particularly highlighted.
Despite all these, the match has Chelsea written all over it. History doesn’t favor The Baggies and their last away win against the Blues is dated back to 1978.
I expect over 2.5 goals and Chelsea to win by a 2 goal margin.
There is a potential risk of an upset on if Costa is not deemed fit in time to start. But that is a ‘big if’ for now.