It has been a strong recent run for the home side, who have a strong home record under Tony Pulis despite a blip in March. He also knows how to contain Jose Mourinho’s side, having earned a famous victory while manager of Crystal Palace last term. His latest team will be typically well organised here.
There will be some regret at not making the most of their aerial dominance last time out at Newcastle United, switching off at the free-kick which led to them being pegged back. However, the Baggies have done exceptionally well to exceed the 40-point mark after looking in real danger before Pulis took charge.
After the euphoria of claiming the title for the first time since 2010, Chelsea did well to maintain a competent level of performance as they drew with Liverpool, having much the better of the first half before fading slightly after the break. But it no surprise, given the standards that Mourinho sets.
Captain John Terry added to his phenomenal list of achievements by becoming the highest scoring defender in Premier League history, while youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek did his chances of starting this game no harm whatsoever, outshining the more experienced John Obi Mikel in midfield.
James Morrison could return to West Brom starting line-up after recovering from injury, leaving goalkeeper Ben Foster as their only absentee.
Diego Costa may be fit enough to make his return for Chelsea, but defender Kurt Zouma and Brazilian duo Oscar and Ramires miss out.
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