PL Preview: Chelsea v. West Brom

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  • Chelsea aiming to avoid back-to-back home defeats for first time since 2011
  • West Brom bottom of table, 7 points from safety
  • Chelsea have suffered back-to-back defeats by three-goal margins

Chelsea host West Brom on Monday at Stamford Bridge (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) aiming to arrest a worrying slump in form which has seen Antonio Conte‘s men drop out of the top four.

The Blues can climb back into the top four with a win against bottom of the table West Brom, but given their heavy back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, that is no given.

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In team news Conte will once again be without Alvaro Morata, while Tiemoue Bakayoko is suspended after his red card against Watford and Andreas Christensen could remain out injured.

West Brom’s Jonny EvansKieran Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak should all be fit after shaking off injuries.


What they’re saying…

Antonio Conte on his strengths: “Usually in my experience, I reached the best results possible with the players I have to work with. I think that I’m the type of coach who if I have a player who is 6/10, I bring him to an 8/10. If I have a player who is 8/10, I take him to 10/10. I’m this type of coach. My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect. In terms of their mentality also. And their desire, their will to fight, and all the tactical aspects. My task is this and, for this, I’m very good.

Alan Pardew on Conte’s situation at Chelsea: “I do feel sorry for the manager because the job he did last year was absolutely outstanding and I don’t really think he’s changed too much. Maybe the quality of the opposition has changed and maybe the players he’s had available haven’t been to the consistency he had when he won it. But you cannot fault his record and the job he’s done since he came to the Premier League.”

Prediction

Chelsea will get back on track to kick off a key stretch of games with Barcelona in the Champions League and both Manchester clubs coming up. The Blues will wrap this up early. 3-0