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Albion v Chelsea - team news

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18:50 11th February 2014

Thievy starts as Mel makes four changes

THIEVY Bifouma is handed his full Barclays Premier League debut as Pepe Mel makes four changes – one enforced - to the side that lost 3-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.


Morgan Amalfitano makes his first start in five games, with Saido Berahino also recalled in attack.


Steven Reid comes in for the injured Billy Jones (knee) at right-back.


The other men to make way are benched trio Youssouf Mulumbu, Zoltan Gera and Victor Anichebe.


Jose Mourinho makes one change to the Chelsea team that beat Newcastle 3-0 at home at the weekend, with Ramires replacing the benched Frank Lampard.


ALBION: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Amalfitano, Morrison, Brunt (c), Thievy, Berahino. Subs: Myhill (gk), Mulumbu, Lugano, Dorrans, Gera, Anichebe, Vydra.


CHELSEA: Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer (gk), Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Torres.


REFEREE: A Taylor (Cheshire).


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