October 16, 2021

LIVE: Chelsea vs West Brom

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Tuchel has made eight changes to his side from their 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup last time out. Mendy returns between the posts in place of Kepa. Thiago Silva returns from an injury layoff to start in the middle of the backline, while Azpilicueta also starts in a back three. James, Jorginho and Alonso slot into the team across the midfield. Werner and Ziyech get the nod alongside Pulisic in the final third. Mount, Chilwell and Havertz are among the subs after playing in internationals during the week.

WEST BROM SUBS: Hal Robson-Kanu, Callum Robinson, Jake Livermore, Grady Diangana, Branislav Ivanovic, Lee Peltier, Robert Snodgrass, David Button, Karlan Grant.

WEST BROM (3-4-3): Sam Johnstone; Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley, Semi Ajayi; Darnell Furlong, Okay Yokuslu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Townsend; Matt Phillips, Matheus Pereira, Mbaye Diagne.

CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Billy Gilmour, Kai Havertz.

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic.

West Brom are sliding dangerously towards the Championship after registering only one win in their last 11 matches. Sam Allardyce’s record of never being relegated from the Premier League is in serious jeopardy, with the Baggies 10 points adrift of 17th-place Newcastle United. The Midlands club need a surprise victory from somewhere to jolt a potential suvival and it needs to come sooner rather than later.

The Premier League returns after the international break and Thomas Tuchel will be desperate for Chelsea to maintain their push towards the Champions League for next season. The Blues are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions, including their last 10 outings in the top flight. They did draw their last game against Leeds United 0-0, and a clinical edge will be required to notch the win this afternoon.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and West Brom at Stamford Bridge