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Albion v Chelsea match preview

17 November 2017

Albion return to Premier League action following the international break as they host Chelsea at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The opposition  

Chelsea come into the game off the back of three straight wins in the league, including a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in their most recent match.

They sit fourth in the Premier League table on 22 points having won seven, drawn one and lost three of their 11 games this season.

Manager Antonio Conte won the league in his first year in charge last campaign, and looked to strengthen his team over the summer by signing the likes of Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Davide Zappacosta.

Albion celebrate Gareth McAuley's goal in the 1-0 win over Chelsea in 2012

Last time out 

The last game between the sides was back in May when The Blues wrapped up the title thanks to a 1-0 win courtesy of Michy Batshuayi’s late goal.

Chelsea won by the same scoreline at Stamford Bridge back in December, this time though Diego Costa’s second half strike.

Team news

Albion will be without James Morrison and Nacer Chadli for the clash with the Blues, but Oliver Burke is expected to be involved.

Tony Pulis confirmed Albion will be without Chadli for the foreseeable future after he picked up a thigh injury on his return from international duty, whilst Morrison continues to recover from an achilles problem.

Stats

Albion

  • Albion have won three and drawn one of the last six games between the two sides at The Hawthorns.
  • Gareth McAuley made his 500th club career start in the match at Huddersfield, and if he plays against Chelsea then it will be his 199th Premier League appearance.
  • There hasn’t been a goalless draw between the sides when the Baggies have been at home since August 1975.

Chelsea

  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven visits to The Hawthorns.
  • Bakayoko has made the joint-most amount of fouls in the Premier League so far this season (22).
  • The Blues have had a man sent off in two of their last three visits (Fabregas 2014/15 & Terry 2015/16), and they have scored in nine of their 11 Premier League trips to the Hawthorns.

The gaffer

Pulis expecting tough test

"They're a good team and played very well against Manchester United.



'I've got great respect for Antonio Conte. I think he's a smashing manager and winning the title last year was fabulous.

"We know it'll be a tough game but it'll be a good game. Fingers crossed we get the breaks."

Conte on Albion memories

"Last season's game was a fantastic moment and one that I am proud of.

"But I am now looking at the present.

"It will be a tough game."

Head to head 

The head-to-head record is slightly in favour of Chelsea, who have won 58 of the 136 meetings between the teams. Albion have recorded 43 victories over the London club, with the other 35 matches ending in draws.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our last win against Chelsea back in May 2015.

Man in the middle

Jonathan Moss will be the referee for Saturday’s match. He will be assisted by Simon Bennett and Andy Halliday, with Geoff Eltringham as the fourth official.

It will be the first time that Moss has officiated an Albion game this season.

Ticket news

Tickets are on sale to season ticket holders and members only.

They are priced at £35 adults, £28 seniors (60+), £23 full-time students & young adults (22 and under) and £14 juniors.

There are no plans for this fixture to go on general sale.

Tickets can be bought online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Chelsea is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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