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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Chelsea

PUBLISHED

09:55 16th November 2012

Stats and info for Saturday's clash with the Blues (ko 3pm)

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


PLDWDLFAGD
HOME
62
24 
 16 
2210074

26 

AWAY6317163083125

-42 

NEUTRAL201115
-4

TOTAL127413353184204

-20 


Interesting facts


Albion’s 1-0 triumph over Chelsea last March is the only time they have taken points off the three-times Barclays Premier League champions. 

This fixture will see Roberto Di Matteo return to The Hawthorns for the first time as a manager after he parted company with the club almost two years ago.

The Baggies have not recorded back-to-back victories over Chelsea since 1979. 

Albion won 40, drew 33 and lost 42 of their meetings with the Blues prior to the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

Steve Clarke’s men have won five of their six home league games this term which is their best start to a campaign at The Hawthorns since 1982/83, when the Baggies were second after 11 games.   

Albion have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League home games. During that period, which began with a 4-0 victory over Sunderland in February, the Baggies have collected 28 points at The Hawthorns, with nine wins and one draw.

Chelsea are unbeaten on the road so far this season with three wins and two draws. 

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, March 3, 2012, Albion 1 (McAuley 81) Chelsea 0
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, August 20, 2011, Chelsea 2 (Anelka 53, Malouda 83) Albion 1 (Long 4)

Form guide (last six league matches)

ALBION: DWLLWW
CHELSEA: WWWLDD

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Wigan – away W 1-2): Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison (Gera 68), Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt; Lukaku (Rosenberg 86), Long (Odemwingie 68). Subs not used: L Daniels (gk), Dorrans, Popov, Tamas. 

CHELSEA (v Liverpool - home D 1-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry (c) (Cahill 39), Bertrand; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Oscar (Moses 76), Hazard; Torres (Sturridge 81). Subs not used: Turnbull (gk), Ferreira, Romeu, Marin.

Chelsea team news

John Terry has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Ashley Cole (hamstring) and Frank Lampard (calf) remain doubts.

Ref watch

Michael Oliver will referee tomorrow's game. The Northumberland official oversaw Albion’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat by Liverpool in September. He has dished out one red and 24 yellow cards this season. 

Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler: 
Albion to win: 31/10
Chelsea to win: evens
Draw: 27/10

James Morrison to score first: 15/1
Juan Mata to score first: 17/2 

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Tickets

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