Newly promoted West Bromwich Albion welcome free-spending Chelsea aspect to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
The weekend’s fixture is already West Brom’s 5th recreation of a season which began not up to two weeks in the past, because of their Carabao Cup tasks. Despite the fact that, that run ended on Tuesday evening after dropping to Championship aspect Brentford by means of a penalty shootout.
Chelsea loved a contrasting night time within the EFL Cup in midweek, swatting apart second-tier Barnsley with a 6-Zero win. Alternatively, possibly maximum ominous of all, £72m signing Kai Havertz netted his first targets for his new aspect with a maiden hat-trick in senior membership soccer.
When Is Kick Off? Saturday 26 September
What Time Is Kick Off? 17:30 (BST)
The place Is it Being Performed? The Hawthorns
TV Channel/Reside Circulation? Sky Sports activities Primary Match/Sky Sports activities Premier League (UK), NBC (US), DAZN (Europe)
Referee? Jonathan Moss
Slaven Bilic will likely be with out the suspended Kieran Gibbs after the previous Arsenal guy noticed purple mist within the 5-2 defeat to Everton ultimate weekend. Centre-back Ahmed Hegazi and striker Kenneth Zohore are not going to function via damage whilst Kamil Grosicki is a doubt.
Chelsea have been ready at hand debuts to Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell on Wednesday, easing them again from damage with not up to 90 mins for each and every. Alternatively, fellow summer season signing Hakim Ziyech isn’t anticipated to go back till October after choosing up a knee damage in a preseason pleasant. Billy Gilmour could also be predicted for a go back subsequent month.
Andreas Christensen is to be had after serving his one-match suspension in midweek regardless that Christian Pulisic is a minor doubt as he step by step recovers from a thigh damage.
West Brom: Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea; Furlong, Sawyers, Livermore, Townsend; Pereira, Robinson, Diangana
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Werner
West Brom have not loved the most efficient of begins to the 2020/21 marketing campaign. Their 4 fits up to now have produced only one victory; in the second one spherical of the EFL Cup towards Harrogate The city – a facet which, as not too long ago as August, have been outdoor the Soccer League.
Alternatively, the Baggies have proven glimmers of promise of their Premier League encounters towards Leicester Town and Everton each time the electrical abilities of Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira have got at the ball.
Chelsea’s summer season splurge now not most effective supplied Frank Lampard with a wealth of (most commonly attacking) abilities to make a choice from, but additionally introduced the drive of mounting of a real name problem. The Blues started this season of significant expectation with a stuttering win towards Brighton adopted via a resounding defeat at house to Liverpool.
Here is how each and every aspect has fared of their ultimate 5 outings.
West Brom 2-2 (6-7) Brentford (22/9)
Everton 5-2 West Brom (19/9)
West Brom 3-Zero Harrogate The city (16/9)
West Brom 0-Three Leicester Town (13/9)
West Brom 2-2 Queens Park Rangers (22/7)
Chelsea 6-Zero Barnsley (23/9)
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (20/9)
Brighton 1-Three Chelsea (14/9)
Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea (8/8)
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (1/8)
Whilst West Brom’s huge forwards have introduced hints of an attacking danger, Bilic’s aspect have appeared worryingly open on the again, regardless of the shift to a three-man defence.
Chelsea possess all of the ahead skill one would wish to profit from a backline which has conceded 8 targets of their opening two league video games however Lampard – understandably – is but to peer his assault click on of their minimum best flight outings in combination.
Alternatively, despite the fact that Chelsea’s frontline is not as cohesive as it’s going to unquestionably be after a number of months enjoying in combination, the freshly stocked Blues must have sufficient particular person high quality to triumph over a facet strengthened via few new faces.
Prediction: West Brom 1-Three Chelsea