Chelsea vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Having slipped to five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal following defeat away to Newcastle United, Chelsea will be aiming to close the gap with victory over West Bromwich Albion.

The Blues did recover from their poor showing at St. James’ Park with a comfortable win over Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Samuel Eto’o’s double in the absence of Fernando Torres would have come as a major boost for a team that has been short of goals from strikers this season.

Manager Jose Mourinho may also choose to keep the likes of Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata out of the starting XI once again, after questioning the mentality of his squad following the display at Newcastle. Willian, Andre Schurrle, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jon Obi Mikel all came in with good effect against Schalke.

West Brom come into this game in good form, having lost just one of their previous seven Premier League games. Last time out, they defeated managerless Crystal Palace despite not playing at their best, but their main concern, like Chelsea, is the lack of goals scored by strikers, with Nicolas Anelka and Victor Anichebe both yet to score this season, although youngster Saido Berahino continues to show great promise.

Chelsea will again be without Torres, who has a leg injury, with Marco van Ginkel the only long-term absentee.

Morgan Amalfitano should be fit to return for West Brom after missing the win over Palace, but Billy Jones will miss out after pulling his hamstring in that match. Scott Sinclair must pass it fitness test if he is to face his former club.

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