Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion are going to wrap up the actin in the 27th round of English Premier League on Monday evening. Home side needs to break their negative streak and remain in the top four, while the visitors want to get away from the bottom spot.
After two straight defeats, Chelsea have slipped to the 4th position and they are just one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur. It is very surprising that they were easily defeated by the teams from the bottom half of the table and they need to improve their performances urgently if they want to keep their Champions League spot. Eden Hazard and the lads failed to win in their last two home games and in the last five matches, they have celebrated only one win. They need to improve their defensive work since the hosts have conceded seven goals in the last two matches.
West Bromwich Albion are bottom placed side and they are also having many troubles lately. In the last three occasions, they managed to pick up just a point and their forwards haven’t been very productive this season. Alan Pardew’s side celebrated only one away victory this season and have booked the highest number of draw matches. The visitors need to start winning if they want to remain in the Premier League for the next season, and they are currently four points away from the safe zone.
Head To Head
Chelsea won the reverse fixture 4-0 in November through goals from Morata, Alonso and an Hazard brace, lifting them up to second place at the time.
More memorable than that was the 1-0 win at the tail end of last season, with Michy Batshuayi – recently sent to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the campaign – netting a late goal to seal the title for the Blues.
West Brom have lost five of the last seven meetings, in fact, with their only win during that run coming on home soil in May 2015 – a match that saw Saido Berahino score twice either side of Fabregas’s red card.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Hazard
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Hegazi; Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt, Gibbs; Sturridge, Rodriguez