West Bromwich Albion’s tough start to the Premier League season continues as they host Chelsea at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies’ return to the top flight has seen them lose both of their opening fixtures so far, losing to in-form Leicester and Everton respectively.
Now Slaven Bilic’s men prepare to face Chelsea, who having spent more than £200m this transfer window are being tipped as potential title contenders.
However, the Blues didn’t give the best account of themselves last time out against current Champions Liverpool, who ended up comfortable winners to dish out Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s first defeat of the Premier League season.
Lampard’s men did take their chance to get back to winning ways midweek, however, with a crushing home win over Championship side Barnsley in the Carabao Cup.
New boy Kai Havertz bagged his first professional hattrick and his first goals for the club to boot in the 6-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have also welcomed another fresh face through the door in the meantime, with French goalkeeper Edouard Mendy joining the club.
Mendy is expected to offer stiff competition to the much criticised Kepa Arrizabalaga, who hasn’t been up to the standards expected of a goalkeeper who commanded a world-record fee two summers ago.
Lampard could put Mendy straight in to the starting eleven for the game against West Brom, as could fellow new signings Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva feature after recently recovering from injury.
Hakim Ziyech won’t play though – he is still suffering with a knee problem which has kept him from making his Blues bow so far. Christian Pulisic also remains a doubt.
For West Brom, trio Ahmed Hegazi, Kenneth Zohore and Kamil Grosicki are all expected to miss out through injury.
Hal Robson-Kanu was substituted in the Baggies’ midweek cup clash at Brentford with muscle tightness and is rated 50-50 to feature against Chelsea.
Kieran Gibbs won’t play on Saturday following his red card last week against Everton.
New signing Branislav Ivanovic is likely to make his league West Brom bow this weekend against his former club.
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea is a 1730 kick off on Saturday, 26th September.