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The silver lining in the clouds for the Baggies is that their fiery wingers, viz. Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira found the back of the net in the match against Everton.
Having added the former Chelsea man Branislav Ivanovic in their ranks, West Brom is expected to see an upward curve in their growth in the coming weeks.
Chelsea would be hoping their top guns, viz. Kai Havertz and Timo Werner fire this weekend after failing to score in the first 2 game weeks.
The Blues’ shaky defence needs to step up while Kepa Arrizabalaga is said to be loaned. to pull up his socks before he loses a place in the first team once Mendy arrives.
Pre Match Analysis – West Bromwich Albion
How did the Baggies perform in their previous encounter versus Everton, let us take a closer look :
West Brom caused all sorts of troubles for the Toffees in the opening 15 minutes of the game. They pressed with great intensity and overloaded the midfield with a 5-4-1 formation.
They drew first blood after scoring in the 10th minute through Diangana. Bilic’s men forced Everton to play backward passes as they closed out the channels in the midfield.
However, the match lost all competitiveness after Kieran Gibbs was awarded a red card for his foul on James Rodriguez.
This how the statistics looked after 90 minutes :
Ball Possession : 29% vs 71%
Passes : 322 vs 799
Interceptions : 12 vs 6
Corners: 1 vs 11
Counter Attacks : 2 vs 0
Total Shots: 6 vs 17
Pre-Match Analysis – Chelsea
Lampard had his XI lined up in a 4-3-3 formation making a solitary change replacing Loftus-Cheek by Mateo Kovacic.
The Blues tried to play from the left side of the pitch so as to catch Liverpool on the back foot.
They used Marcos Alonso to exploit Mohamed Salah’s low defensive work rate while Werner was tasked to take on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho.
Chelsea managed to shut the champions for the first 45 minutes.
However, in the 50th minute, Sadio Mane found the back of the net courtesy of a brilliant header and broke the deadlock.
A few minutes later, a misplaced pass from Kepa Arrizabalaga intercepted by Mane, resulted in a second goal for Liverpool and the final nail in the coffin for the Blues.
Let us look at the match statistics :
Ball Possession : 38% vs 62%
Total Shots : 5 vs 18
Total Duels Won : 50 vs 37
Tackles : 17 vs 14
Interceptions : 11 vs 8
Passes : 488 vs 764
Expected Lineup – West Bromwich Albion
The Baggies are expected to continue with the 5 man defence in a 5-4-1 formation.
First choice Sam Johnstone would find himself between the sticks.
New Signing and Chelsea Player Ivanovic would be replacing the suspended Kieran Gibbs. Furlong and Ivanovic might exchange places for today.
The 3 man centre half setup would see Semi Ajayi, Dara O’Shea and Kyle Bartley as they are expected to bolster their performances, especially after the Everton game.
Club captain Jake Livermore would be paired with the ever consistent Romaine Sawyers in the heart of the midfield.
While the goalscorers, Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira start as the wide midfielders.
Callum Robinson would find himself as the lone striker and he looks in fine form after finding the back of the net in their previous League Cup game.
Player Injuries and Suspensions
Kenneth Zohore (calf) and Kieran Gibbs (suspended)
Expected Lineups – Chelsea
Kepa Arrizabalaga could see himself in goal for one more game as the Blues await Edouard Mendy to train with the first team.
Lampard is likely to continue with his 4 men defensive setup.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell would light up the pitch with their performances as the full-backs.
While Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma would provide solidity in the heart of the defence.
N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic will utilize as the central midfielders with the young Mason Mount lying ahead of them.
Kai Havertz might be now ready to score first-ever goal in the Premier League this season on the right flank with Timo Werner on the left and Tammy Abraham leading the line as the sole striker.
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Doubtful – Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva
Injuries – Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Hakim Ziyech (knee).
Our Predictions For West Bromwich Vs Chelsea
Chelsea 3 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
The additions of Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell in Chelsea’s defensive line makes it harder for the Baggies to score.
Kai Havertz is touted to get his first goal for Chelsea, same goes with Timo Werner.
This game would be one step too many for Diangana and Pereira to score as we expect a Blues masterclass at the Hawthorns.
Where and When To Watch – West Bromwich Vs Chelsea
England – Sky Sports, BBC at 5:30 pm (GMT)
India – Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar at 10:00 pm (IST)