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Albion v Chelsea match preview

24th September

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will get back to Premier League action when they take on Chelsea at The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 5.30pm).

Chelsea

Their latest campaign

Under Frank Lampard’s guidance, the Blues secured a top-four finish last term. The London side reached the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League but a damning 4-1 defeat against victors Bayern Munich ended any hope of European glory. However, reaffirming fourth place in the top-flight last term means they will have another opportunity to mount a challenge for silverware in Europe. Lampard came close to lifting his first trophy as a manager in the FA Cup final, but Chelsea suffered a Wembley defeat to Arsenal.

In the dugout

Chelsea legend Lampard was welcomed with open arms when he returned to Stamford Bridge last season for the first time as their head coach. Entering football management in 2018, the 42-year-old enjoyed an impressive first year with Championship side Derby County - leading them to the Play-Off final and although he fell short of helping the Rams reach the top-flight, he did step up to the top-tier, replacing the outgoing Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea boss in 2019.

One to watch

The Blues have significantly bolstered their squad this summer, with Timo Werner a key arrival for Lampard’s men.

The German international moved to London for a reported £45m fee from RB Leipzig and his goal-scoring record emphasises Chelsea’s ambition. Werner retained his record as Leipzig’s top-scorer over the last four seasons, with last year proving his most prolific in the League with 34 goals.

Although he is yet to score for his new club, Werner has scored recently, netting for Germany against Spain in a Nations League game at the beginning of September.

Our last meeting

The last meeting between the two sides was a 3-0 Chelsea win at Stamford Bridge.

Albion’s most recent victory against the London club was on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign in which their opponents were crowned Premier League champions. The Baggies beat the Blues 3-0, as Saido Berahino hit a double, with Chris Brunt also scoring.

Stats

Albion

  • Hal Robson-Kanu has scored three goals in his last two games - both in the Carabao Cup.
  • Albion's goalscorers against Everton, Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana, will both reach double-figures for the Baggies the next time they score. Both exciting players scored eight goals last season, taking their current totals in blue and white stripes to nine with their Goodison Park strikes.
  • Callum Robinson’s first Premier League goal came against Chelsea just over a year ago. He scored Sheffield United’s first as they came from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea

  • The Blues have scored three and conceded three in the Premier League this season. They won their first league game against Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1, before slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
  • In the two Premier League games and one Carabao Cup match Chelsea have played, they have had seven different goalscorers. They beat Barnsley 6-0 in the cup on Wednesday.
  • Lampard’s men won just one of their last five away games in all competitions last season. They did however win at Brighton on the Premier League opening day this term.

Head to head

  Albion wins Draws Chelsea wins
League 38 30 56
FA Cup 4 4 3
League Cup 1 1 1
Total 43 35 60

Our one to watch

Hal Robson-Kanu will be vying for a first-team spot against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Albion forward has netted three times this season in the Carabao Cup, scoring once against Harrogate and two penalties in midweek against Brentford, but is yet to start a Premier League game for the Baggies this season.

Read all about it

Matheus Pereira on the cover. An Ivanović double-page special, Slav's verdict, Livermore on our new signings and an interview with a loan star all on the inside. Get your copy of Saturday’s Albion News here, or find out more about it here

Albion News

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