West Brom host Chelsea at The Hawthorns this Saturday as domestic football returns following the international break.
Last time out, Chelsea bounced back after a poor defensive display against Roma to secure a win and a clean sheet at home to Manchester United, while West Brom were beaten at Huddersfield by a stunning Rajiv van La Parra strike.
Alvaro Morata vs Jonny Evans
The new arrival at Chelsea has proved his worth so far this season, netting seven goals in his opening 10 Premier League games.
Jonny Evans, who will be up against Morata, will certainly have a tough afternoon. One clean sheet and 14 goals conceded in the league so far this season highlights their current weakness at the back.
Saturday will prove whether Evans is backing under-fire manager Tony Pulis, who needs a win and may only have two games to save his job.
If Morata takes his chances, unlike against Manchester United where he could have bagged more than one, Evans could have a torrid day, potentially costing Pulis his job.
But with West Brom known for their defensive stubbornness and with the fixture in May being tight, it certainly looks as though this is going to be a key battle in the outcome of the game.
West Brom’s midfield duo of
Chadli sustained a hip injury in training, while Scotland international Morrison has just undergone Achilles surgery.
Defender Craig Dawson is also not included in Tony Pulis’ provisional squad.
Chelsea travel to the Hawthorns without Belgian pair Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda.
Batshuayi is out with an ankle injury and youngster Musonda is unavailable due to a knee problem.
Despite pulling out of Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil, Gary Cahill is ready to return to action, alongside Danny Drinkwater.
David Luiz will travel with the side after Antonio Conte revealed it was a tactical decision to leave him out of the win against Manchester United.
Victor Moses is the only other absentee.
Predicted West Brom Lineup – Foster; Nyom, Evans, Hegazi, Gibbs; Livermore,
Predicted Chelsea Lineup – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen; Cahill; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Fabregas, Morata.
It will be a tough ask for Tony Pulis and his side to come away with anything on Saturday, with their defence as frail as it is.
Chelsea haven’t been as clinical as they should have been in recent weeks, particularly when they beat Manchester United by the single goal.
With good memories at the Hawthorns, Chelsea will approach the game with confidence and dominate it, picking up a fairly standard win away from home.
Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Chelsea