Chelsea vs West Brom Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 2, 2013; Venue: 3:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Stamford Bridge — London.
Benitez is still looking for positive Stamford Bridge reaction. The under-fire Blues interim coach will try to return to winning ways in the Premier League to get better club’s Champions League qualification hopes.
Chelsea are now 4th in the EPL with 49 points from 27 games, with 14 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses. The Blues lost their 3rd position after the defeat to Manchester City. They are now 2 points behind third-placed Tottenham. Arsenal are also in the fight for Champoins League place with just 2 points back. Their present form has seen 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from last five matches. Last five home games the Blues have finished with 2 wins and 2 draws. So, Chelsea must get back to winning ways quickly as they want to keep their top 4 place.
West Brom are going 7th in the EPL table and with 40 points form 27 matches, winning 12, drawing 4 and losing 11 so far this season. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 2 defeats and 2 wins from last five games. Last five away matches WBA have finished with 3 losses, 1 draw and 1 win. They have won 2 straight games, away at Liverpool and at home against Sunderland.
Interim Chelsea coach Rafa Benitez could make numerous changes to the squad that defeated Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Wednesday. So, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Demba Ba could return to the starting line. Cesar Azpilicueta could return after leg problem, as so centre-back Gary Cahill. One man who is definitely out of the game is Oriol Romeu.
WBA manager Steve Clarke will play without forward Romelu Lukaku, cause he is ineligible against his parent club. Other forward Shane Long should be fit in time. Defender Goran Popov serves the final of a three-game bun. Midfielders Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are out for the rest of the season.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Ramires, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Ba.
Last three matches:
Middlesbrough 0 – Chelsea FC 2;
Manchester City FC 2 – Chelsea FC 0;
Chelsea FC 1 – Sparta Praha 1.
WBA line-up: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt, Long.
Last three matches:
West Bromwich Albion 2 – Sunderland 1;
Liverpool 0 – West Bromwich Albion 2;
West Bromwich Albion 0 – Tottenham 1.