Premier League Match : West Bromwich vs Chelsea Preview
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The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee: M. Oliver
November 17, 2012 10:00 AM EST
Focusing on the current state on the table, this really should be the most attractive game of the 12th round of the English Premier league, because the fifth West Bromwich will host the third-placed Chelsea, who otherwise have four points more.
However, WBA had a somewhat easier schedule in the last two rounds, which they used very well to significantly improve their position, while the “Blues” on the other side with two consecutive draws, have allowed themselves to fall on the third place below two clubs from Manchester.
Last season the players of WBA have celebrated at home against Chelsea, and interrupted the run of 15 consecutive defeats in their mutual duels in the Premier league.
Of course that the hosts will try to repeat the last season´s victory over Blues,especially since they are in good mood after two consecutive wins, against Southampton at home, and an away one against Wigan 2-1.
Nevertheless, WBA´s coach Steve Clark is well aware that this will not be an easy game for his team, so he has announced a more cautious tactic, but also he still believes in positive result,and in his team’s attacking force, so probably again will play with the duo Odemwingie-Long , while on the bench for his chance will wait the Blus player on loan Lukaku.
Steve Clarke: “The supporters have to be enjoying this moment because we are playing well and every week we are looking as though we can get a positive result.”
As for the rest of the team, there should not be any changes compared to the last two matches, but still out of action are injured defender Reid and midfielder Thomas.
West Brom probable lineups: Myhill;Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell ;Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt ;Odemwingie, Long
Unlike their next opponents, players from London´s Chelsea in recent times are in evident result crisis, what in fact was the reason why Manchester United have surpassed them, while after the last round and a draw against Liverpool and the other club from Manchester has managed to so the same.
In the Champions league they have managed to celebrate at home against the Ukrainian Shakhtar in match where the guest were much better team on the field.Still a last second header by Moses has secured them three big points in their fight for the next stage of the Champions league.
Perhaps this match doesn’t come for Chelsea in good time,considering their form,and because the host are doing great job in the league so far.
However,Chelsea is much bigger team,more experienced and with lot of stars in the team,and above all their target was to win the Premier league trophy this year,and to do so,they need to get back on the winning track,or Di Matteo soon could lost his job.
Chelsea will play in their strongest lineup,but without injured A.Cole,F.Lampard and John Terry.
Chelsea probable lineup : Cech;Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole;Mikel, Ramires,Mata, Oscar, Hazard,Torres
Match Prediction : The Baggies have lost only one of its six matches at home in Premier league ,while Chelsea still has not lost a match away ( 3 W , 2 D ).As for their mutual encounters the Blues have won 18 of their last 21 matches.Still the last match West Brom has won,and the result of it,a former Blues coach Villas-Boas was fired and Di Matteo was appointed on the hot bench.
Di Matteo certainly doesn’t want that the same happens,and Chelsea players will be motivated after the last season´s defeat.Chelsea to win.
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