West Brom – Chelsea: The Blues are in desperate need of a strong rebound when they visit The Hawthorns on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 pm ET, on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
The Baggies, on the other hand, are simply hoping to collect their first point of the season after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City on the opening day of the 2020-21 season and following that up with a 5-2 beatdown at the hands of Everton last weekend.
As far as favorable matchups go, facing the 20th-place side a week after losing to defending champions Liverpool is quite timely for Chelsea, who is still a week or two away from seeing Christian Pulisic in a match.
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Here is everything you need to know ahead of West Brom – Chelsea this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.
Team news: West Brom – Chelsea (INJURY REPORT)
Hal Robson-Kanu’s leg is not a problem after a good midweek in the League Cup and he’ll start on the bench.
Christian Pulisic is out for Chelsea but Cesar Azpilicueta is fit to see the bench.
📋 Team news is in at The Hawthorns.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 26, 2020
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 26, 2020
What they’re saying: West Brom – Chelsea
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic, on struggling to sign players: “We don’t have a huge budget, that is why we are trying to be creative and lucky. That’s not easy but we are trying. … We have to do it to maintain a good chance.”
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, on Thiago Silva: “It is exciting for us because he has had just over a week training with us. It was a perfect 60 minutes for him tonight. He will show the qualities he has. Of course, he will get fitter and better. He also gave us something for me on the night in the dressing room and on the pitch of a leader with authority in terms of his demands on others. He can’t speak the language but at the minute that’s not even a problem because his presence and the way he commands people around him is already showing that to me in training and in our game tonight.”
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
West Brom (+750) represent one of the biggest underdogs — or, opportunities, depending on how you look at it — of the still-young PL season. There’s not much to be won by betting on Chelsea (-280). Even the draw (+400) is pretty far out there.
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Prediction: West Brom – Chelsea
Barring some unforeseen circumstances — for example, a 12th-minute red card — it’s virtually impossible to see West Brom getting anything from this game. They’ve been incredibly poor defensively through two games, and they’re yet to face a side with anything close to the firepower which the Blues possess. West Brom 1-3 Chelsea.
How to watch West Brom – Chelsea stream and start time
Kickoff: 12:30 pm ET Saturday
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com