Friday, 19 August 2011
EPL: Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion preview
Peter Cech is definitely out, so either Hilario or Turnbull will deputise in the first home fixture of the season. David Luiz is expected back in around a week and Sturridge is still serving a ban. Michael Essien remains our long term absentee. Despite the disturbing situation at home, John Mikel Obi will be available to play as will newly confirmed Romelu Lukaku.
Roy Hodgson brings his squad to Stamford Bridge with doubts over Peter Odemwingie, although Jerome Thomas is certainly sidelined. An injured Steven Reid is back to fitness. The Baggies will also look to Shane Long's excellent debut against Man Utd last week as signs of things to come.
Facts and stats
Didier Drogba has scored eight goals in just seven Premier League games against West Brom.
Nicolas Anelka has scored four goals in six games against the Baggies.
Chelsea have won all 10 Premier League games against West Brom, conceding just three goals.
The Londoners have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues dropped fewer points from winning positions (6) than any other team in the 2010-11 Premier League.
West Brom have failed to score in their last six visits to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
West Brom have lost just one of their last six Premier League away games.
West Brom recouped more points from losing positions than any other team in 2010-11 (27).
West Brom only kept two clean sheets in the league in 2010/11, the lowest ever amount in a single Premier League season.