Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
  • Cech
  • 7.04555555555556
  • Cole
  • 6.86064516129032
  • Mata
  • 7.27628571428571
  • Reid
  • 6.72545454545455
  • Long
  • 6.76735294117647
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(72) 55 Goals 25 (50)
(48) 38 Assists 19 (35)
(6.8) 7 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
28.3 Average Age 30
182.1 Average Height (cm) 184.4
(1.2) 1.5 Shots pg 1 (0.9)
(51%) 53% Aerial Duel Success 54% (51%)
(0.6) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.4)
(1.5) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Oriol Romeu Out 6.525
César Azpilicueta Doubtful 6.97
Gary Cahill Doubtful 7.07692307692308
Player Reason Status Rating
Zoltán Gera Out 7.005
George Thorne Out 6.412
Goran Popov Out 6.57583333333333
Romelu Lukaku Out 6.94857142857143

Team News

  • Defenders Cahill and Azpilicueta both missed the midweek FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough through illness and injury respectively but should be back in contention.
  • Oriol Romeu remains the only certain absentee, with John Terry back fit and available and Mikel and Moses both having now played since returning from the African Cup of Nations.
  • Oscar may return to the starting XI after the side looked a little short of creativity in defeat to City last time out, moving Ramires back into the double-pivot, while Ba and Torres continue to fight for the spot up front.
  • The fact that Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to play against them will be a relief for Chelsea given the teenagers form for West Brom.
  • Popov serves the final game of his 3-match ban, while Peter Odemwingie is back in contention having made his return to action from the bench last weekend.
  • The Nigerian could even start on Saturday due to Lukaku's absence, fielded on the right of an attacking three behind Shane Long if he was to do so, though he will face competition from Dorrans and Fortune.

Prediction

  • West Brom victories in this fixture ended up costing both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo their jobs at Chelsea, and following Benitez's midweek 'rant' another defeat for the Blues could well spell the end of the Spaniard's short tenure too.
  • Prior to the most recent two defeats against West Brom, Chelsea had won 11 games on the bounce against the Baggies, and they have still managed to net 17 goals in the last 6 meetings between the sides at Stamford Bridge.
  • The visitors main concern will be finding the net without Romelu Lukaku, and the teenager's absence against his parent club could well be the deciding factor here.
Prediction:
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Comments (3)

 
  • I think it is time for Chelsea to draw this game.

  • Always says that, then Chelsea makes bettors fucked

  • Chelsea will definitely win this one. 2-0

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