Chelsea have the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a win at West Brom on Tuesday.
However, after dropping into the relegation zone for the first time since match day four, West Brom will be looking to get the maximum points to pull themselves back out of the bottom three.
The Blues are currently one point clear at the top of the table thanks to an unbeaten run of 11 games. Their most recent victory came on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 triumph at home to Newcastle
Pepe Mel ‘s side suffered their 10th defeat of the season on Saturday with a 3-1 loss at fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.
Last five games (All Competitions)
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle (PL)
Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea (PL)
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United (PL)
Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United (PL)
Hull City 0-2 Chelsea (PL)
Palace 3-1 WBA (PL)
WBA 1-1 Liverpool (PL)
Aston Villa 4–3 WBA (PL)
So’ton 1–0 WBA (PL)
WBA 0–2 Palace (FAC)
Stephane Sessegnon and Nicolas Anelka remain sidelined for the hosts, but Jonas Olsson could return to the squad following a hamstring problem.
Mourinho has revealed that striker Fernando Torres could make his comeback at Albion after a lay-off with a knee problem while also confirming that John Terry will play no part in the fixture.
When asked what he expects from West Brom, the Chelsea boss said:
‘It will be difficult. The teams not in the top four will be very influential in the league. Normally people are pushed to say games like Chelsea against Arsenal and Arsenal against City will decide things, but maybe they aren’t.
‘We know that Barcelona v Real Madrid decides the title, but this is not the same situation. The title is decided match after match.’
* The last two times these two teams have met at the Hawthorns, West Brom came out victorious both times.
* West Brom have drawn more games than any other team in the Premier League and fewer draws than any other team in the bottom half.
* West Brom also have fewer wins than any other team in the league.
* Chelsea have the league’s best defense, conceding only 20 goals and keeping 11 clean sheets as well.
Date – 11-02-2014
Venue – The Hawthorns
Time – 20:00 GMT
Author’s Verdict – West Brom 0-2 Chelsea