Premier League: Chelsea vs West Brom match preview

A look ahead to this weekends match at Stamford Bridge

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The Independent Online

Chelsea will look to maintain their unbeaten status in the Premier League on Saturday against West Brom. The Blues, who are four points clear at the top of the table, seem to be invincible this year but Manager Jose Mourinho criticised the Chelsea fans after their 2-1 over QPR for not backing their team enough as ‘it felt like playing in empty stadium’.

The Baggies announced talks with Saido Berahino to extend his contract which currently runs until 2017. The 21-year-old, who has scored eight goals this season, suggested he would leave West Brom at the end of the season to play Champions League football next year.

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: “We have opened preliminary talks with Saido's representatives.” Berahino who is labelled as the Sensation of the Premier League this year was called up for the England squad last week.

“This reflects proudly on our club and the efforts of all the staff who have played such a key role in Saido's progress since he arrived here as an 11-year-old,” Peace said. With his impressive start of the season rumours of potential interest from clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have surrounded the striker.

The Blues will be counting on Eden Hazard and Diego Costa’s scoring abilities once again. Chelsea have progressed very easily in the Champions League and Capital One Cup and will look to add another one to their unbeaten streak this upcoming Saturday but must keep an eye on the young striker.

It will be the first time West Brom and Chelsea meet this season.

Video: Premier League preview

KICK-OFF: Saturday 15:00

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

West Brom 1 (Anichebe) Chelsea 1 (Ivanovic), Premier League

Chelsea 2 (Eto'o, Hazard) West Brom (Long, Sessegnon)

Chelsea 1 (Ba) West Brom 0, Premier League, 02 March 2013

STATS:

Chelsea are unbeaten this season, winning 13 of their 17 matches

Chelsea have scored at least two goals in every Premier League home match this term

West Brom have not won a game at Stamford Bridge for 36 years

ODDS:

Chelsea to win 1.25

Draw 6.5

West Brom to win 15

TV: Highlights on BBC at 10.20pm

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