Chelsea need to bounce back after defeat to Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion
Table Position: 4th | Points 49
Table Position: 7th | Points 40
|Sunday, February 24 2013 |
Manchester City 2 - 0 Chelsea
Saturday, February 9 2013
Chelsea 4 - 1 Wigan Athletic
Saturday, February 2 2013
Newcastle United 3 - 2 Chelsea
Wednesday, January 30 2013
Reading 2 - 2 Chelsea
Sunday, January 20 2013
Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal
|Saturday, February 23 2013 |
West Bromwich Albion 2 - 1 Sunderland
Monday, February 11 2013
Liverpool 0 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
Sunday, February 3 2013
West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Wednesday, January 30 2013
Everton 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion
Saturday, January 19 2013
West Bromwich Albion 2 - 2 Aston Villa
Injuries & Suspensions
|Name||Expected Return:||Name:||Expected Return:|
|Romeu | Knee||30th June||G Thorne | Knee||13th September|
|S Long | Broken Foot||No Return date|
|Z Gera | Knee||13th October|
|Popov | 3 Match Ban||March 9th|
If reports in todays newspapers are to believed then all is not well in the Chelsea camp.
Reports of a training ground bust up are always good reading but am I the only one to wonder out loud whether the problem is not the manager - but the players who are given no leadership from the captain steering the ship.
Benitez must be becoming increasingly resigned to leaving his post at the end of this season - indeed if not before. Ambramovich has good form for sacking managers with less than a third of the season to go.
Frank Lampard was substituted in the second half - after missing a penalty which could have turned the game but Joe Hart was equal to it diving full stretch to palm away from the bottom corner.
It was a good penalty matched by an equally good save but it could have turned the match for Chelsea and Benitez was obviously unhappy.
Chelsea winning that game would be doing City a disservice though who were excellent and fully deserved their win.
Before this game Chelsea also have to play an FA Cup tie away against Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening which will not help their push for the European places.
I suppose the big issue for Chelsea is what on earth to do with their 50 million "action man" Fernando Torres who is not living up to his haircut. If Benitez can not restore the former hitman to his previous glory days then it is unlikely that anyone can. Just what is it going to take to jolt him back to life - or maybe it will never happen?
Steve Clarke will be coming into this game with a fresh squad and history of doing Chelsea on their home turf so they will be hopeful of getting something from this game.
Four draws in their last seven home games for Chelsea suggest that West Brom might well do that.
With the draw coming in at 4/1 how can you ignore odds like that?