Premier League soccer returns on Saturday as Chelsea welcome West Brom to Stamford Bridge – dwell on talkSPORT.
It’s the primary time both aspect have performed within the top-flight since March 13 following the FA Cup quarter-final weekend and the worldwide break.
They resume their campaigns in completely totally different states, with Chelsea seeking to consolidate their top-four place, whereas West Brom want a miracle to remain up.
The Blues are unbeaten since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in January and the Baggies have gained simply twice beneath Sam Allardyce.
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Workforce information
Chelsea might be boosted by the return of Thiago Silva, who has been out since February.
Nevertheless, the Blues won’t be able to name on N’Golo Kante after the midfielder suffered an damage throughout France obligation, which can rule him out of the Champions League first leg in opposition to Porto as effectively.
West Brom, in the meantime, have a full squad to select from except for Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher, who can’t face his dad or mum membership.
Chelsea vs West Brom: What has been mentioned
Chelsea supervisor Tuchel: “It may be pleasing to take a break, to breath and calm down and refocus. On the identical time, it’s unusual. The gamers come again from totally different time zones – Giroud and Zouma had a sport with 5 hours time distinction they usually take three, 4 flights to reach again.
“That is clearly not the very best prepartion to reach for a sport at 12.30pm. It’s a time that I’m nonetheless adapting too. We don’t get away heads an excessive amount of about it, it’s clear while you be a part of a membership like Chelsea we’ve to adapt.
“We had an excellent coaching session immediately and we can have the staff collectively for dinner. It’s vital we take pleasure in these moments and refocus for the video games forward.”
West Brom boss Allardyce: “Once you’re in our place they usually’re of their place, you understand earlier than you go into the sport that your possession stats are going to be decrease than Chelsea’s. It’s making out the gamers to be best in these possessions.
“I believe usually it’s us taking part in counter-attacking soccer, taking part in fast, sharp, ahead passes to perhaps exploit the areas Chelsea will depart. If we spend an excessive amount of time slowing it down, passing sideways and backwards, they may come and do a excessive press and take the ball off us.”
Chelsea vs West Brom: Match stats
Chelsea are unbeaten of their final seven Premier League conferences with West Brom (W5 D2), coming from 0-Three down at half-time to attract 3-Three within the reverse fixture on the Hawthorns this season.
West Brom are winless of their final 15 away league video games in opposition to Chelsea (D3 L12) since a 3-1 win in September 1978. Within the Premier League, the Baggies have misplaced 10 of their 12 visits to Stamford Bridge (D2), failing to attain on 9 events in that run.
Since a 0-1 defeat to Bournemouth in December 2015, Chelsea have gained their final 11 Premier League residence video games in opposition to sides within the relegation zone by an mixture rating of 31-4.
West Bromwich Albion have gained simply 10% of their Premier League video games in London (W7 D19 L44), the bottom ratio of any non-London aspect with at the least 50 visits to the capital. The Baggies are winless of their final 13 such video games since a 1-Zero win at Crystal Palace in August 2016 (D2 L11).
Chelsea have had 5 goalless attracts within the Premier League this season, with three of these coming of their 10 video games beneath Thomas Tuchel. Solely in 1998-99 and 2001-02 (each six) have the Blues had extra 0-Zero attracts in a single Premier League marketing campaign.
West Bromwich Albion have scored fewer (9) and conceded extra (30) second half targets than another Premier League aspect this season. In the meantime, no aspect has conceded fewer targets after half-time than Chelsea (10), whereas 61% of the Blues’ targets scored this time period have come within the second half (27/44).
After conceding 28 targets of their first 10 Premier League video games beneath Sam Allardyce (2.eight per sport), West Brom have shipped simply 3 times of their final six within the competitors (0.5 per sport). Nevertheless, the Baggies have scored simply 10 targets in 16 league video games beneath Allardyce (0.6 per sport), failing to attain of their final three.
Chelsea are but to concede a single purpose of their 5 Premier League residence video games beneath Thomas Tuchel. In English top-flight historical past, the one staff to maintain a clear sheet of their first six residence video games beneath a particular supervisor are Manchester City beneath Ron Saunders in 1973-74.
Hakim Ziyech has scored in each of his final two appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, the identical quantity as in his first 24 video games for the membership. The Moroccan hasn’t scored in three consecutive membership video games since a run of 4 in January 2016 with FC Twente.
All three of West Brom ahead Callum Robinson’s Premier League targets have been scored in opposition to Chelsea, scoring as soon as for Sheffield United final season and twice within the reverse fixture for the Baggies this time period.