Chelsea vs. West Brom: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2018

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Chelsea will play host to West Bromwich Albion in their second successive Monday night kick-off in Week 27, with the Blues hoping to avoid recording three consecutive defeats for the first time this season.

Antonio Conte's side return to Stamford Bridge having lost to Bournemouth and Watford in their last two outings, conceding a total of seven goals across those two matches and scoring only one of their own.

West Brom also come to west London with two defeats from their last two and lost 3-0 at Manchester City in their most recent away trip, having gone three fixtures unbeaten on the road prior to that.

Premier League champions Chelsea won 4-0 in their visit to the Hawthorns earlier this season, but replicating that result at home no longer looks assured after losing three of their last four games.

Read on for a preview of Monday's showdown in west London, complete with all the latest team news and a breakdown of the essential live-stream information.

           

Date: Monday, February 12

Time: 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK), NBC Sports Live (U.S.)

TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)

                  

Team News

Alvaro Morata hasn't featured in Chelsea's last three Premier League games and has been out of action since the 0-0 stalemate against Leicester City on January 13, with the Spaniard expected to miss Monday's meeting.

ESPN FC's Liam Twomey provided a squad fitness update from Conte on Friday, with centre-back Andreas Christensen hoping to make a comeback while Pedro is fit despite suffering a knock against Watford:

Tiemoue Bakayoko is out of contention following his two yellow cards in the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Monday, with Cesc Fabregas likely to start while he serves his one-match suspension.

Midfielders Nacer Chadli and James Morrison look likely to miss the clash after injury analyst Ben Dinnery said several weeks ago the duo look to be a month away from returning. However, manager Alan Pardew has another trio vying to take part, per PhysioRoom.com:

Central defender Jonny Evans has missed West Brom's last two league fixtures but would be a welcome return for the trip to Chelsea, while Grgegorz Krychowiak missed last Saturday's 3-2 loss at home to Southampton.

            

Preview

West Brom will have taken confidence from Bournemouth's recent 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge as they look to down the title holders on their own turf, having clinched only three points against the top six already this season.

Watford again exposed Chelsea's defensive frailties by netting four at Vicarage Road on Monday, although Conte recently gave the impression he won't be tempted into any drastic changes, via Goal's Nizaar Kinsella:

The Blues come into Week 27 sat fourth but could be pushed down to fifth if Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal in Saturday's early kick-off, while third-placed Liverpool can push ahead if they beat Southampton at St Marys on Sunday.

The Baggies' current predicament is a lot more dire as things stand, with Pardew' men four points adrift at the bottom of the table, although the manager remains confident of a revival, per the Express and Star's Matt Wilson:

It was only last month Chelsea recorded three back-to-back home draws in all competitions and haven't looked the same threat in attack, with Morata's absence in particular appearing to have a big impact on their success.

West Brom have won just one of their last four Premier League games but are showing subtle signs of improvement under Pardew, with two under-pressure sides desperate to clinch a result in Week 27's closing clash. 

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