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Chelsea will host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as the Blues look to close the gap at the top of the table to two points.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One from 10:50pm GMT.


Jose Mourinho will be upbeat following their 3-0 win over Bundesliga club Schalke in the Champions League in midweek. The Blues are currently five points behind Arsenal in the league table and know that a loss here will make it a difficult for the Europa League Champions to keep pace with the league leaders.

Mourinho's side succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Newcastle last weekend against all odds and the Portuguese manager will be hoping that a similar performance does not restrict them this time around. A win here will take them within two points to Arsenal, who do not play until Sunday and thereby put pressure on the league leaders. Chelsea's real trouble this season has been their attack which has looked pedestrian at times with the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba failing to hit the ground running.

West Brom on the other hand have had a stop start look to their season, beating the likes of Manchester United at Old Trafford and drawing against Arsenal. However, heavy defeats against Liverpool have brought the baggies crashing down to earth. This will be a momentous occasion for Steve Clarke, who will face his former boss for the first time since leaving Chelsea and can prove his credentials should he manage to get one over the Portuguese manager. The Baggies come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace but should realise that this will be a challenge of a different dimension to what they faced last weekend.

What the Managers Say

Jose Mourinho: "I feel our match is very special because from every English team involved in Euro competitions, especially the ones involved in Champions League matches, we're the only team that play Saturday. Everybody else has one more day to rest. Others play Tuesday and Sunday. Once more we're really special and our game v WBA becomes the 'Special Saturday' not 'Special Sunday'! It's happening a lot with us."

Steve Clarke: "I don't speak to [José] every week or text him every week but the friendship is good. I think when you've worked with somebody closely you build a bond and you take that bond through the rest of your life. But I haven't seen him for well over five years. So it will be nice to catch up with him face to face as opposed to little text messages."

Form Guide


    • Last Five(all competitions,most recent first): W L W W W
    • Last Result: Chelsea 3-0 Schalke

West Bromwich Albion

    • Last Five(all competitions,most recent first): W L D D W
    • Last Result: West Brom 2-0 Crystal Palace

Team News


    • Injured: Fernando Torres (muscle), Marco Van Ginkel (knee)
    • Doubtful: N/A
    • Suspended:N/A

Probable Line-Up: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Ramires; Schürrle, Mata, Oscar; Eto'o.

West Brom

    • Injured: James Foster (foot), Zoltan Gera (knee), Billy Jones (hamstring).
    • Doubtful:N/A
    • Suspended:N/A

Probable Line-Up: Myhill; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Morrison; Amalfitabo, Sesegnon, Berahino; Long