Chelsea v West Brom - Preview and possible lineups
Chelsea: Tiemoue Bakayoko will miss the game following his red card against Watford as he serves his one-match suspension. January signing Olivier Giroud could finally make his first start for the 'Blues' though as Alvaro Morata (back) remains sidelined, whilst Andreas Christensen (hamstring) faces a late fitness test.
West Brom: Striker Jay Rodriguez will be available for selection despite being charged by the FA for his clash with Gaetan Bong. Jonny Evans (back), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Grzegorz Krychowiak (leg) are available for the 'Baggies', however, Jake Livermore (hamstring) James Morrison (Achilles) and Nacer Chadli (hip) are all ruled out.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte:
"We have to try to stop this bad run and get three points against West Brom. It won't be easy, the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work and football".
When asked about his future, the Italian replied: "I am not thinking for only one moment the possibility of going away from this club. My commitment and the players are totally for this club."
West Brom manager Alan Pardew:
"We are obviously under pressure because we are bottom of the league. I think you are going to see a lot of fight on the pitch in terms of two teams desperate to get points and turn a little bit of a corner for Chelsea and us to get a result that might be the boost that we need".
"I know Chelsea very well. I have watched them from afar. They have difficult periods but they do come through them and I have great respect for the manager and I think he will come through it - no problem."
Did you know?
Chelsea have won all three Premier League meetings against West Brom under Antonio Conte without conceding a single goal.
Chelsea: Courtois; Cahill, Azpillicueta, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses; Kante, Drinkwater, Hazard, Willian, Giroud.
West Brom: Foster; McAuley, Evans, Hegazy, Nyom; Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt; Rondon, Sturridge, Rodriguez.