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Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Soccer, Sports | 0 comments

Premier League Preview: West Brom vs Chelsea

         Chelsea will travel to The Hawthorns looking to keep up their fight for top 4.A run of five games without a win came to an end last week against a struggling Bolton side much to the relief of André Villas-Boas.With teams around them playing each other Chelsea can go back into top 4 if they win and results elsewhere go their way.West Brom are in a decent run of form having picked up 10 out of possible 15 points and having scored 9 goals in their last two matches.AVB has recently accepted that that he doesn’t know if his job is safe and there was more speculation when reports emerged that Jose Mourinho under whom AVB worked as a opposition scout  was spotted in London looking for a house.

    Villas-Boas:Under pressure    
 
Image Courtesy: BBC
                                                       

Team News

West  Bromich Albion
           Skipper Chris Brunt hasn’t featured for West Brom since New year because of injury.Though he has started training Hodgson is not sure if he will play in Saturdays game.Peter Odenwingie has impressed in his wing role role recently and he may continue playing there having scored 5 goals in his last 2 appearances.

Chelsea
           Villas-Boas will be hoping Didier Drogba will be fit to play against WBA.If not Torres will get one more chance to impress Villas-Boas and Chelsea fans.John Terry is a long term absentee which means Cahill and Luiz will get more playing time.Essien,Lampard and Ramires all started against Bolton and are expected to start in this match despite the friction between AVB and Lampard.

Recent Form

WBA 1 – 2 Swansea L
Wolves 1 – 5 WBA W
WBA 4 – 0 Sunderland W

Chelsea 3 – 3 Man Utd D
Everton 2 – 0 Chelsea L
Chelsea 3 – 0 Bolton W

Stats

         *  Torres has failed to score in his last 22 matches.
         *  Chelsea have won all of their last  10 premier league encounters against WBA.
         *  Corresponding fixture last season ended 1-3.

Man to Watch

Peter Odemwingie has scored 5 goals in his last two matches and he will be looking to continue that run against a Chelsea side whose defence looks like anything but watertight.

Match Time

Saturday 03 Feb 08:30 Pm IST

Prediction

WBA 1 – 1 Chelsea

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