Chelsea look to keep up the pressure on third-placed Leicester when West Brom visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday

The Premier League returns from the final international break of the season on Saturday, and Chelsea kick it off when West Brom visit Stamford Bridge for a lunchtime kick-off.

The Blues are well set for the run-in, having tasted defeat under Thomas Tuchel so far, and sit fourth in the table going into the game with the relegation-threatened Baggies.

It could be said that the break helped Chelsea in the past fortnight, as it gave some of their key players chance to recover and not miss any league games. Edouard Mendy underwent a dental procedure instead of playing for Senegal, and Thiago Silva continued his recovery from a thigh injury and is back in contention.

Tammy Abraham is still struggling with an ankle injury and will miss out again and N’Golo Kante is facing a fitness test after leaving the French squad with a hamstring problem.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was part of England u21’s miserable European Championships tournament and is doubtful with a shoulder injury that kept him out of the 2-1 win over Croatia, and Jorginho’s availability is uncertain as he recovers from a knee issue.

West Brom have almost a completely fit squad to choose from, with only Kieran Gibbs struggling with a neck injury. The former Arsenal left-back officially signed for David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise during the break and will join them at the end of the season.

The only other absentee for the Baggies is Conor Gallagher, who is ineligible to face his parent club.
A win for Chelsea will guarantee they end the gameweek still in fourth place, but they could close the gap on Leicester City to just two points if the Foxes lose this weekend. West Brom can’t move positions either, with a win taking them five points adrift of 18th-placed Fulham as time runs out for top flight survival.

Chelsea take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, April 3rd. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

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