West Bromwich Albion will host the reigning champions Chelsea at the Hawthorns. Both teams have gained only one point from the first two matches.
West Bromwich Albion:
In the opening match, West Brom were devastated by Man City’s tremendous attacking force. Manager Tony Pulis took all the blame upon himself for that defeat admitting his poor strategy against a giant team like Man City. Their back four was totally helpless before the mighty Citizens.
Boss Pulis will look forward to Saido Berahino’s performance who is yet to score a goal this season. His goals came very valuable for his side last campaign. Pulis will try to make him stay at the club, but reports are claiming that the 22-year-old English striker might leave West Brom. As Berahino is still available, Pulis must make the most of his performance to make amends after having a poor start of this season.
West Brom secured a draw in their last game against newly promoted Watford. Pulis’ side will need to score goals to see a good result against the Blues who have started their campaign in a most unexpected way.
After getting thrashed by the Citizens last week, Chelsea completed their worst possible start. They failed to get a win in the opening match against Swansea even after getting a lead over them. Their defence was in sixth and seventh in the second match against Man City conceding three goals. Jose Mourinho’s men are yet to provide their best this season.
Mourinho’s concern will be his star player Hazard’s inability to play according to his full potential. Their attack depends on Hazard’s agile playmaking and deadly finishing from outside and inside the d-box. But, he has failed to show his formidable form which caused his team to suffer. Striker Diego Costa has made a comeback from his injury, but yet to find the net.
Head to Head:
In the past 102 meetings, Chelsea won 44 games, on the other hand, West Brom won 33 games. Their last victory came in the ending match of 2014-15 season as they defeated Chelsea 3-0.
Probable Starting Lineups:
West Brom: B. Myhill, C. Dawdon, M. Olsson, C. Brunt, G. Gardner, D. Fletcher, C. Yacob, J. Morrison, S. Berahino, S. Rondon
Chelsea: T. Courtois, B. Ivanovic, T. Chaill, J. Terry, Azpilicueta, C. Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, E. Hazard, Willian, D. Costa
Date: Sunday, August 23
Time: 4:00 p.m. (GMT)
Venue: Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, England
Commentary: Premier League Live Match Centre
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