Hello good evening and welcome to Monday night football. Defending champions, Chelsea will host relegation battlers West Bromwich Albion.
Antonio Conte will be hoping to avoid losing three consecutive games for the first time in nine years as his side aim to recover from consecutive defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.
Olivier Giroud is in line to make his first start for Chelsea following an injury to Alvaro Morata.
The Blues have won just two of their 10 fixtures in 2018 inside 90 minutes and so victory against the Premier League basement boys would certainly bring some welcome relief for the west Londoners.
The two managers have been speaking ahead of the game.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “We have to try to stop this bad run and get three points against West Brom.
“It won’t be easy, the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work and football.
“I am not thinking for only one moment the possibility of going away from this club. My commitment and the players are totally for this club.”
West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew: “We are obviously under pressure because we are bottom of the league.
“I think you are going to see a lot of fight on the pitch in terms of two teams desperate to get points and turn a little bit of a corner for Chelsea and us to get a result that might be the boost that we need.
“I know Chelsea very well. I have watched them from afar. They have difficult periods but they do come through them and I have great respect for the manager and I think he will come through it – no problem.”
Chelsea XI against WBA
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger, Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Zappacosta, Pedro, Eden Hazard, Giroud.
WBA XI against Chelsea
Foster, Gibbs, Hegazi, Evans, Dawson, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt, Phillips, Rondon, Sturridge.
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