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STAT PACK: Albion aim for home hat-trick

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12:14 11th February 2014

Facts and figures for tonight's game with Chelsea (ko 8pm)

BARCLAYS Premier League leaders Chelsea visit The the Hawthorns this evening (ko 8pm), and here, stats website WhoScored.com take a look at the numbers ahead of the clash.

The Baggies and the Blues may have had contrasting fortunes so far this season, but it was impossible to tell which side was fighting it out at the top of the table when the two met at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign. 

Albion dominated large portions of the game to come from a goal behind to lead 2-1.

But for a debatable last-gasp penalty, the Baggies would have come away with a deserved three points and extended their incredibly impressive run against Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho's team have won one of their last four clashes with the Baggies, with Albion so nearly making it three wins from four back in November. 

Both victories have come at The Hawthorns in the last two seasons, with Chelsea having failed to pick up a point at B71 since April 2011.

The Blues are in fine form at present and have not slipped up on the road since December's 3-2 defeat at Stoke. 

That loss should give Albion hope they can come away with a positive result tonight. 

This Chelsea side are, as we saw when the Baggies visited Stamford Bridge, far from unbeatable.

Albion are undefeated on home soil in the Barclays Premier League since early December, having recorded draws against Liverpool, Everton and Hull, in addition to beating Newcastle on New Year's Day.

Pepe Mel is yet to taste defeat at home since taking charge of the Baggies and will not be fazed by the prospect of playing the three-time Premier League champions. 

At Crystal Palace last weekend, Mel introduced new signing Thievy Bifouma, who made an instant impact on the game, scoring within 36 seconds of entering the fray.

Having netted at one of the best minutes-per-goal rates in La Liga with Espanyol this season before joining Albion (averaging a goal every 124 minutes), Thievy now has the best scoring rate in England's top flight and he will be hoping to improve that record against Chelsea.

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

PLD

W

D

L

F

A

GD

HOME

63

25

16

22

102

75

27

AWAY

65

17

17

31

85

128

-43

NEUTRAL

2

0

1

1

1

5

-4

TOTAL

130

42

34

54

188

208

-20


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

Albion have won their last two Hawthorns clashes with Chelsea - but have not won three successive home games against the Blues since 1949.

The visitors have kept clean sheets in each of their last four Premier League away fixtures.

Chelsea are undefeated in all competitions so far in 2014.

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, November 17, 2012, Albion 2 (Long 10, Odemwingie 50) Chelsea 1 (Hazard 39)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, November 9, 2013, Chelsea 2 (Eto'o 45, Hazard pen 90) Albion 2 (Long 60, Sessegnon 68)

Form guide (last six league matches)

ALBION: WLDWDL 
CHELSEA: WWWDWW

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Crystal Palace – away L 3-1): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell (Sinclair HT); Yacob (Berahino 71), Mulumbu; Gera (Thievy HT), Morrison, Brunt; Anichebe. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Lugano, Vydra, Dorrans.

CHELSEA (v Newcastle - home W 3-0): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Matic, Lampard, Willian (Salah 78), Oscar, Hazard (Schurrle 85); Eto'o (Ba 71). Subs not used: Schwarzer (gk), Cole, Ramires, Mikel.

Chelsea team news

John Terry will again miss out while Fernando Torres is available again after a knee ligament injury. Marco van Ginkel is a long-term absentee with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.   

Ref watch

Anthony Taylor will referee tonight's game. The Cheshire official last oversaw Albion on Boxing Day when the Baggies drew 1-1 at Tottenham. He has dished out 66 yellow and two red cards in 20 games this season. 

Betting

Selected odds from Sky Bet: 
Albion to win: 6/1 
Chelsea to win: 1/2 
Draw: 3/1 

Victor Anichebe to score first: 10/1
Eden Hazard to score first: 9/2 

If you fancy a flutter with the club's official betting partner, click here.

Tickets

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