West Bromwich Albion will take on Chelsea tomorrow. The Baggies will be looking to get off the mark with their first Premier League points of the season when they take on Chelsea at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Frank Lampard will decide whether to hand Édouard Mendy his debut following a £22m move from Rennes but the Chelsea manager is unlikely to persist with Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is set to be dropped after a high-profile error in defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
Willy Caballero started in goal as a much-changed side romped past Barnsley in the Carabao Cup in midweek, a game in which Thiago Silva made his Chelsea debut. Hakim Ziyech is still yet to make his debut for Chelsea because of an injury sustained in pre-season, while Christian Pulisic remains doubtful.
Albion have not exactly made a fast start to the season, losing 3-0 to Leicester City and 5-2 to Everton, as well as being knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Brentford.
Taking their last top-flight campaign into the equation, West Brom have won just 11 points from the last 48 available, with all of these points being earned in a six-game spell.
The eight goals Albion have conceded so far this term is the most of any Premier League side, and the most they have ever shipped in the first two games of a league campaign.
Facing the likes of Havertz, Timo Werner and co. this weekend is the last thing Slaven Bilic will want, then, with his side already rooted to the foot of the division.
Chilwell got an assist to his name on his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt and, fitness depending, could retain his place at left-back at The Hawthorns.
As for the hosts, Kieran Gibbs is suspended following his red card against Everton and is expected to be replaced at left-back by Conor Townsend.
Hal Robson-Kanu scored twice in West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Brentford but was replaced late on due to what Bilic described as “tightness”, rendering him doubtful for this match.
Kamil Grosicki, Ahmed Hegazi and Kenneth Zohore are also unlikely to play any part for the Baggies because of injury problems.
It could be an emotional first game back in the Premier League for Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic, who joined Albion on a short-term deal this week.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea Team Form
West Bromwich Albion Premier League form: LL
West Bromwich Albion form (all competitions): LLL
Chelsea Premier League form: WL
Chelsea form (all competitions): WLW
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea Possible Lineup
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Ivanovic, O’Shea, Townsend; Pereira, Sawyers, Livermore, Diangana; Robinson
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Caballero; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Werner; Abraham
- West Brom has lost more Premier League games against Chelsea (18) than they have against any other opponent, including each of their last four in a row without scoring a single goal.
- Chelsea has won each of their last three away league games at West Brom
- The last six meetings between these sides have produced a neat total of 18 goals at an average of three goals per game.
- West Brom has seen at least one card in each of their four competitive fixtures so far in 2020-21.
- Despite their struggles, West Brom found the net twice at Everton last weekend, and they scored twice again in the Cup on Tuesday.
- Chelsea has just kept one clean sheet in their 20 Premier League away games under manager Frank Lampard.
- All four of West Brom’s competitive matches this term have ended with three goals or more – two of which saw went over 3.5.
- Branislav Ivanovic made 261 Premier League appearances for Chelsea between 2008-2016, scoring 22 goals, including one against new club West Brom back in February 2014.