The long-awaited return of the Premier League is finally here. After a two-week hiatus as a result of the latest international break, Chelsea is back in action on Saturday morning against West Brom. Sam Allardyce and the Baggies come to Stamford Bridge for the reverse fixture of what was a juicy contest during matchweek three. The then-Frank Lampard-led Blues stormed back from three goals down to earn a draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns.
This time around promises to be much less intriguing—or so we expect. Chelsea is still unbeaten thus far with Thomas Tuchel at the helm. Meanwhile, West Brom would sacrifice just about anything to earn points at this moment in time. The Baggies are deep in the relegation zone and unless they get a miracle, they will be playing their football in the Championship next season. It’s a tale of two sides taking place in west London.
Although the odds are stacked against Allardyce’s side in nearly any way you spin it, the Baggies do have one obvious advantage. They have almost had the entire team in training together for the last two weeks. While the most important Blues players were out with their international teams, West Brom was preparing to take on Chelsea.
The international break also brought with it some negatives for the home side. The Blues saw Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante sent back to Cobham from their country’s camps with injuries. Further, Jorginho never joined up with the Italian squad due to a knock he suffered pre-break. The Blues have a few injury concerns ahead of this match, so those are areas the Baggies will look to exploit. Nevertheless, Thiago Silva could be in line to start his first bout since Spurs away. The Chelsea starting XI will have a lot of interesting storylines, but Tuchel’s team should have no problem dispatching the Baggies, no matter who is named to the line-up.
West Brom will be without one of its Player of the Year candidates in Conor Gallagher, who is not allowed to play against his parent club.
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Date: Saturday, April 3
Time: 7:30 a.m. ET (12:30 p.m. GMT)
Location: London, England
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: David Coote
TV Info: NBCSN (USA), BT Sport (UK)
Live Stream: NBC Sports (USA)
This match marks the beginning of the most important run of matches the Blues have seen all season. Although it’s easy for Chelsea to look ahead to the Champions League quarterfinals or the FA Cup semifinals, it needs to remain focused on the task at hand. West Brom presented an unlikely challenge the first go around and if the Blues are not careful, that could be the case in the reverse fixture. Chelsea’s ultimate goal is the top four and that begins with the Baggies on Saturday.