Opposition Scouting Report: West Bromwich Albion
After a disappointing start to the season with a draw and loss, Chelsea looks forward to face West Bromwich Albion. The game could mark the debut of summer acquisitions Pedro and Baba Abdul Rahman. The fixture should be a confidence booster as Chelsea look forward to registering their first victory. It’s an away fixture as Chelsea visit the Hawthorns. We analyze Chelsea’s opposition for the Sunday’s afternoon fixture.
West Bromwich Albion Football Club, also known as West Brom, The Baggies, The Throstles, Albion or simply WBA, is an English professional football club based in West of Bromwich in the West Midlands. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900. The 2015–16 season is now their tenth season in the top flight since 2002.
West Brom’s season has been the same as that of Chelsea. The West Midlands club has accounted just one point in the two games they have played. Their first game was against Manchester City and West Brom lost by a margin of 3 goals to 0. The fixture is crucial for both the teams as the clubs look to give their season a fresh start and a win would do the world of good for the sides.
Injuries and Suspensions:
West Brom’s side looks good with just one injury. Ben Foster is suffering from a knee injury that he sustained in March and Boaz Myhill seems to be the possible replacement for the English goalkeeper. The shot-stopper is expected to return to action around October.
The Baggies used a 4-4-2 formation in the last match with quality strikers upfront in the likes of Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert. Also, West Brom could use their newly acquired signing Salomon Rondon, who made a switch from Zenit St.Petersburg for a club record fee of around 12 million euros. Tony Pulis’ side would like to deliver a good performance and would probably settle for a draw against the defending Champions. Also, the experience and creativity of Darren Fletcher and Joleon Lescott could be vital for the Baggies
Saido Berahino: The English forward was a revelation in the Premier League as he notched up 14 goals for the Baggies, last season. His form also saw him constantly linked with a move away from the Hawthorns, but he stays. The striker could be a real threat in a counter-attacking system as his superior speed could cause some problems for our backline. After all, it did last season!
The attacking unit for West Brom looks like a class act, but the feeding wingers lack creativity. Another major problem for the Baggies is defending; West Brom are prone to leak quite a lot goals and Chelsea would like to pounce on this opportunity. Although, having Tony Pulis in charge will definitely change that this season!
Head to Head:
There have been 102 meetings between the two clubs, and Chelsea have won 44 matches, while, West Brom have clinched 33. A total of 25 games have been drawn. Oh, and if you remember, the previous meeting between the two clubs was last season’s final game, as West Brom won 3-0. The controversial red card to Cesc Fabregas is still etched in every Chelsea fans memory.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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