Premier League: West Brom v Chelsea match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns

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West Bromwich Albion deservedly occupy the lofty position of fifth in the Premier League ahead of Chelsea's visit on Saturday.

Steve Clarke's men have lost only to champions Manchester City at home this season with their new manager enjoying an almost blemish-free start to life in the top flight.

A win at The Hawthorns on Saturday would claw West Brom within a point of Chelsea. Chelsea have slipped to third in the table, three points behind leaders Manchester United and one behind champions Manchester City, after making a flying start to the season.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm


West Brom 1 (McAuley) Chelsea 0, Premier League, March 2012

Chelsea 2 (Anelka, Malouda) West Brom 1 (Long), Premier League, August 2011

West Brom 1 (Odemwingie) Chelsea 3 (Drogba, Kalou, Lampard), Premier League, April 2011


West Brom have won five and lost just one of their six Premier League matches at the Hawthorns this season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have not lost a game away from Stamford Bridge this term, winning three and drawing two.

The hosts’ manager, Steve Clarke, was assistant to Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant when they managed Chelsea, and notched up 421 appearances for the club in his playing days, while Roberto Di Matteo managed the Baggies between 2009-2011, taking them into the Premier League in the process.


West Brom to win: 3.75

Chelsea to win: 1.90

Draw: 3.40

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm