Stamford Bridge is getting ready for a match between Chelsea and West Brom in which a win for the home side by two goals or more could see them overtaking the visitors and claiming twelfth place in the league.
Chelsea have been in improved form under the caretaker leadership of Guus Hiddink and will look to begin the process of climbing up the league table after their disastrous start to the year.
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Chelsea recently managed to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup while West Brom were held to a draw by Bristol City. An away win in this contest could potentially see the visiting side going as high as tenth position in the Premier League, depending on other results.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last four Premier League matches, having managed two draws and two wins. One of the biggest statements from Chelsea that they are a changed side came in their impressive 3-0 away win at Crystal Palace.
The result was a sign that things have improved since the immense scrutiny of Jose Mourinho’s final days at the club has lifted.
Chelsea’s chances of another impressive win have been boosted by the news that Diego Costa has overcome his knee issue and will be available for the starting XI.
He is likely to be the main attacking threat in the home side due to the absence of Eden Hazard who is injured.
West Brom head to West London looking to build upon a string of two consecutive victories in the Premier League.
The 2-1 and 1-0 home wins came against Stoke and Newcastle respectively. A major test for the visitors will be whether they are able to translate their winning ways at home to performances on the road.
West Brom will be without Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe who will miss their third consecutive games due to hamstring problems.
It is unknown whether West Brom see Ben Foster or Boaz Myhill as the current solution for the side at goalkeeper, and whoever starts in this game could be a major indicator of the direction the Baggies plan to take.
Chelsea are favoured to win this one but they have yet to prove they have truly changed and are capable of consistent victory.
West Brom will look to exploit the current unstable situation at Chelsea and take one, if not all three, points on the road. It is up to Guus Hiddink to show his side can win week in and week out, and the West Brom game is an achievable way of doing so.