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Stamford Bridge

Sat 09 Nov 2013 15:00 (Attendance: 41,623)


Having reacted well in European competition to last weekend's defeat, the task now is to match that in the league. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton welcome a West Midlands challenge...

In the last club action for a fortnight Chelsea face a West Brom side against whom we have a 100 per cent home record in the Premier League. No team has a better record on their own patch than Chelsea's five wins in five this season. Less impressive away form is the reason the Blues are looking to avoid successive Premier League defeats for the first time since May 2012.

Back then we lost at home to Newcastle and away to Liverpool. The Magpies' first goal on Saturday lunchtime was the first we have conceded this season in the league from a set-piece.

After such a setback it was reassuring to remain Arsenal's closest challengers. However, just one point separates second from seventh. It is crucial all three are taken this weekend - our neighbours Fulham are hardly in the best form for an upset at Anfield and Spurs host the Magpies.

Wednesday's 3-0 win over Schalke was another brick in the rebuilding of a fortress at Stamford Bridge. Returning manager Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in all his 80 home domestic games in open play.

Jose Mourinho manages Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the 100th time on Saturday.

The Special One has a 75.8 per cent win record in his 99 home matches in all competitions up to now, comprising 75 wins, 22 draws and two defeats - against Barcelona in 2005 and Basel this season.

Chelsea can qualify for next year's Round of 16 by avoiding defeat in the next Champions League match at Basel on 26 November. The Schalke result was the first 3-0 in which all goals were scored by strikers since 3 December 2011 at St James' Park when Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge took Newcastle apart.

Up until 19 October no centre-forward had netted for the Blues in the Premier League or Champions League. Now six of our last eight in those competitions have come from strikers.

In last night's any other business section former Blue Gus Poyet's Sunderland beat Southampton, setting up a quarter-final trip to the north-east on Tuesday 17 December. That will be our first meeting with the Mackems in this competition since the semi-final debacle of 1985.

Chelsea's fine record against the Baggies in London contrasts with the two consecutive defeats by them at the Hawthorns, the most recent of which helped secure them an eighth place finish last season. Of course, on-loan Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku played a big role in that too.

All at Chelsea will extend a warm welcome to Blues champions Steve Clarke and Nicolas Anelka and youth team graduate Scott Sinclair. This will be the first time Clarke has faced Mourinho across the technical area since he was his assistant from 2004 to 2007.

Mourinho and Clarke

After leaving the Bridge in 2008 Clarke was assistant at West Ham and Liverpool before striking out on his own at West Brom in 2012.

Nicolas Anelka scored 59 goals in just under four years at Chelsea. Which was your favourite strike? #CFCPMB

There are three televised matches in succession on Sunday starting at midday and culminating in leaders Arsenal's trip to Manchester. The Gunners have left Old Trafford with all three points just twice since 1998.

Barclays Premier League fixtures
Aston Villa v Cardiff 3pm
Chelsea v West Brom 3pm
Crystal Palace v Everton 3pm
Liverpool v Fulham 3pm
Southampton v Hull 3pm
Norwich v West Ham 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Tottenham v Newcastle 12.00pm - Sky Sports
Sunderland v Manchester City 2.05pm Sky Sports
Manchester United v Arsenal 4.10pm - Sky Sports
Swansea v Stoke 4.10pm

Barclays Premier League top six
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 10 +13 25
2 Chelsea 10 +8 20
3 Liverpool 10 +7 20
4 Tottenham 10 +4 20
5 Man City 10 +17 19
6 Southampton 10 +7 19
11 West Brom 10 0 13


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In previous visits to Stamford Bridge Steve Clarke has set his side up very defensively with the aim of staying in the game as long as possible before switching to a more offensive plan. Only West Ham have drawn as many times on the road as West Bromwich Albion.

In this fixture last season Ben Foster made several very good reaction saves to help restrict the hosts to a 1-0 victory. Along with regular attacking midfielder Zoltan Gera, the goalie is ruled out this time through injury.

Right-back Billy Jones has a hamstring injury so winger Morgan Amalfitano may step back into that role - it forces the first change in Clarke's ever-present back four. The change may affect the balance of their usual attacking tactic of playing the ball wide to Amalfitano (or Saido Berahino) and Chris Brunt to put in crosses for Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe or Shane Long to latch onto.

Anichebe is reportedly available but former Blues winger Scott Sinclair is rated a doubt, as is Nicolas Anelka. Ominously, Anelka has epitomised the 'law of the ex' by scoring regularly against former clubs Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Bolton.

Long (pictured below), who may start on Saturday, opened the scoring with a header in Albion's 2-1 win over the Blues at the Hawthorns last season. Amalfitano and Berahino were the goalscorers in the Throstles' excellent win at Old Trafford earlier this season.

West Brom Long

Former Sunderland man Stephane Sessegnon's ability to beat a man and find space in the final third often provides promising openings more centrally. However he has played five games for the Mackems against the Blues, losing every time.

Jose Mourinho will weigh up his options at centre-back after the Champions League shutout, as well as in the centre of midfield, having selected John Mikel Obi alongside Ramires rather than Frank Lampard. One return to the Blues squad is Eden Hazard, omitted midweek.

The Belgian will be keen to make amends this weekend if involved, especially after such strong performances from Andre Schurrle and Willian in the 3-0 win over the Germans. The Baggies are not strong around their own box and can be negligent when it comes to giving away free kicks in dangerous areas.

Former Hull goalie Boaz Myhill is expected to have recovered from an Achilles problem and will have studied the behaviour of Chelsea's new stealth weapon, Samuel Eto'o. Timo Hildebrand followed Cardiff's David Marshall in learning of the Cameroonian's cunning when it comes to goalkeepers.

With Fernando Torres still sidelined Jose Mourinho has the luxury of choosing from the two-goal man or another Wednesday night scorer, Demba Ba.

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Chelsea are seeking a 10th successive win in league and cups against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.

The Throstles were the second competitive visitors to Stamford Bridge, on 23 September 1905, and the first on a Saturday (Hull City played 12 days earlier on a Monday). Lavishly moustached centre-forward Bob McRoberts scored the only goal of the game, his second of the season.

The season before the Blues won the league for the first time, 1953/54, Ted Drake's side was already showing promise. An Albion team managed by Vic Buckingham played at the Bridge on 17 March (pictured below) with Frank Blunstone absent from the Chelsea line-up because of national service duties with the army.

Instead amateur Jim Lewis patrolled the left flank and he thoroughly enjoyed himself against the league leaders - as did his teammates.

'Hold everything,' scoffed Thursday's Daily Express afterwards. 'It's the Shock of the Year … West Bromwich Albion are beaten 5-0 in the League and who do it? Our old, unpredictable up-and-coming friends from Chelsea.'

Drake's 'champagne Chelsea', full of confidence, tore into the Baggies from the first minute in front of 46,000 spectators in what the Express dubbed 'the show of the season.'

Roy Bentley kickstarted the afternoon by cleverly laying off to inrushing wing-half Derek Saunders (below second from right) to open the scoring on nine minutes. Three minutes later Bentley latched on to a Ken Armstrong (below far right) pass, beat a defender and unselfishly crossed for Johnnie McNichol to hit an empty net.


Bentley also had a hand in the third, crossing for Eric Parsons to chest down deftly. Les Stubbs scored despite offiside appeals. Lewis steered the ball past goalkeeper Heath for the fourth time and in the second half Bentley deservedly hit the fifth. Parsons and McNichol combined down the right, Lewis nodded down the cross and Bentley dispatched high in to the net.

The Baggies were FA Cup semi-finalists - Chelsea had been one of their victims en route - and after watching them flop in London, Freddie Steele, manager of rivals-in-waiting Port Vale declared: 'I had hoped Albion would go on winning their matches until they met us. Then they would have been riding high and might have been over-confident.'

West Brom reached the final with a 2-1 win, overcoming Preston North End (including Tommy Docherty) 3-2 to lift the trophy.

Chelsea are looking to extend our current unbeaten home run against West Bromwich to 13 games in all competitions. The Baggies last win against us was here in November 1983 in the League Cup third round at Stamford Bridge. The 11 game run consists of 10 wins and one draw.

The last occasion the Baggies came away from the Bridge with a league win was in September 1978 when Ron Atkinson managed the side to a 3-1 victory. Goals came from Cyrille Regis John Wile, and Tony Brown. Steve Wicks opened the scoring for Chelsea.

Shane Long scored the one Premier League goal the Baggies have scored in their last 11½ hours' play at Stamford Bridge.

Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
1984/85 - Chelsea won 3-1 - Division One
1985/86 - Chelsea won 3-0 - Division One
1988/89 - Drew 1-1 - Division Two
2002/03 - Chelsea won 2-0 - Premier League
2004/05 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Premier League
2005/06 - Chelsea won 4-0 - Premier League
2008/09 - Chelsea won 2-0 - Premier League
2010/11 - Chelsea won 6-0 - Premier League
2011/12 - Chelsea won 2-1 - Premier League
2012/13 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Premier League


Other match last season
17 November 2012 Barclays Premier League
West Brom.……..……2 Chelsea………..……1
Long 9 Hazard 39
Odemwingie 50
Att: 25,933

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion in all competitions
Games played 129
Chelsea wins 54
Baggies wins 42
Draws 33

Head-to-head in the league at Stamford Bridge
Games played 57
Chelsea wins 29
Baggies wins 14
Draws 14

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 7-1 West Brom - 03/12/1960
Chelsea 2-5 West Brom - 17/04/1929

Chelsea dropped points at home to the Baggies: 9,079
West Brom won in the capital: 318
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,094
Liverpool won the league: 8,589

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In the Barclays Premier League, we have won 37 points from the last 39 available at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have not dropped any points from winning positions this season.

We have won all five league games when we have scored the opening goal.

Chelsea have won 12 and drawn two of our last 14 home Premier League games since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.

Last six results
Oct 19 Cardiff (h) W 4-1
Oct 22 Schalke (Champions League a) W 3-0
Oct 27 Manchester City (h) W 2-1
Oct 29 Arsenal (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Nov 2 Newcastle (a) L 0-2
Nov 6 Schalke (Champions League h) W 3-0

Premier League scorers (16)
Oscar 4, Hazard 3, Eto'o 1, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Mikel 1, Schurrle 1, Terry 1, Torres 1, Willian 1, own goal 1

League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 6
A home defeat: 14

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 23 Nov West Ham away 5.30pm
Tue 26 Nov Basel (Champions League) away 7.45pm
Sun 1 Dec Southampton home 4.10pm

Michael Essien's next appearance will be his 250th for the club.


Major trophies
1 League championship, in 1920
5 FA Cups, last in 1968
1 League Cup, in 1966
2 FA Charity/Community Shields (1 shared), last in 1954

Last season
Premier League - Eighth
FA Cup - Third round
Capital One Cup - Third round

The Baggies have won six points from a possible 15 away from home this season. Their one win was at Old Trafford against Man Utd, three draws at Everton, Fulham and Stoke and a defeat in their last away game to Liverpool.

The Liverpool defeat was their only one in their last seven in the league.

Seven of West Brom's 10 Premier League goals have been scored in the second half.

West Brom, in Premier League games, have not gone on to win any of the four games their opponents scored first and have not lost any of the four matches when they opened the scoring.

Manager Steve Clarke
Days in charge: 502
Played 54
Won 19
Drawn 13
Lost 22

Albion's Last 10 Year League History
Pts Pos Division Level
2003/04 86 2nd League Division One 2
2004/05 34 17th Premier League 1
2005/06 30 19th Premier League 1
2006/07 76 4th Championship 2
2007/08 81 1st Championship 2
2008/09 32 20th Premier League 1
2009/10 91 2nd Championship 2
2010/11 47 11th Premier League 1
2011/12 47 10th Premier League 1
2012/13 49 8th Premier League 1

Since 2002 West Brom have moved seven times between the top two divisions.

Last six results
Sep 25 Arsenal (League Cup h) lost on pens aet D 1-1
Sep 28 Manchester United (a) W 2-1
Oct 6 Arsenal (h) D 1-1
Oct 19 Stoke (a) D 0-0
Oct 26 Liverpool (a) L 1-4
Nov 2 Crystal Palace (h) W 2-0

Premier League scorers (10)
Amalfitano 2, Berahino 2, McAuley 2, Morrison 1 (pen), Ridgewell 1, Sessegnon 1, Yacob 1.


League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0

Nicolas Anelka (free, Shanghai Shenhua), Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan), Diego Lugano (Paris Saint Germain, free), Matej Vydra (Udinese, loan), Scott Sinclair (Man City, loan), Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille, loan), Lee Camp (Norwich, free), Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland, undisclosed), Victor Anichebe (Everton, £6m)
Outs Marc Antoine-Fortune (Wigan, free), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest, free), Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace, free), Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff, £2.25m), Lee Camp (Bournemouth, loan)
NB Zoltan Gera left on 30 June at the end of his contract but re-signed later.

Andre Marriner has replaced original appointment Lee Probert. Marriner is making his second visit to the Bridge having been the official in September against Fulham.

There are no suspensions.


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Chelsea v West Brom



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o


  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 15
    Kevin De Bruyne
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 13
    Boaz Myhill
  • 2
    Steven Reid
  • 23
    Gareth McAuley
  • 3
    Jonas Olsson
  • 6
    Liam Ridgewell
  • 5
    Claudio Yacob
  • 21
    Youssouf Mulumbu
  • 18
    Substitution Morgan Amalfitano
  • 29
    Substitution Stephane Sessegnon
  • 11
    Chris Brunt
  • 9
    Substitution Shane Long


  • 38
    Saido Berahino
  • 4
    Substitution Goran Popov
  • 25
    Craig Dawson
  • 20
    Matej Vydra
  • 19
    Luke Daniels
  • 16
    Substitution Victor Anichebe
  • 7
    Substitution James Morrison

Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion Highlights

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An injury-time penalty from Eden Hazard preserved Jose Mourinho's unbeaten Premier League record at Stamford Bridge on the manager's 100th home game.

It had looked as though West Brom had come from behind to take the points on an afternoon of frustration, but Hazard's ice-cool spot kick won us a point after Ramires had been brought down inside the area.

An underwhelming display had seen us lead thanks to Samuel Eto'o's goal just before half-time, but on the hour the visitors levelled through a Shane Long header and then broke to steal what looked like a winner seven minutes later, which would have consigned Chelsea to consecutive league defeats after last weekend's loss at Newcastle.

The Blues continued to pressure, however, and when Ramires burst into the area with four minutes of stoppage time all but up, referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and Hazard stroked the ball home to grab a point.

Team News
Mourinho made two changes from the side that started against Schalke in midweek, as Frank Lampard and Hazard returning to the line-up at the expense of John Mikel Obi and Andre Schurrle.

Hazard had been punished in midweek after a breach of discipline, but was back in alongside Oscar and Willian behind Eto'o, who scored twice on Wednesday. Cesar Azpilicueta continued at left-back, with Ashley Cole among the substitutes.

West Brom, under the tutelage of Steve Clarke, the Chelsea legend who assisted Mourinho during his first spell at the club, and who the manager referred to as a family member in his programme notes, continued to be without first choice goalkeeper Ben Foster, so Boaz Myhill deputised.

First half

Chelsea v WBA
Clarke embraced every member of Mourinho's coaching team before kick-off, which was also preceded by an impeccably observed minute's silence to remember those service men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. As is traditional, four Chelsea pensioners joined the sides on the pitch.

Once the game got underway, action was a little slow to arrive. Oscar and Eto'o had tame shots on target from distance while at the other end Morgan Amalfitano and Chris Brunt both shot wide.

Fourteen minutes in Lampard was booked for a clip on Shane Long's heels as the Baggies forward broke clear after the Chelsea man's free-kick had been blocked by the defensive wall.

Just before the half-hour, Hazard was tripped by Claudio Yacob, who joined Lampard in the book. Oscar's free-kick was bound for the top corner until Myhill tipped it over. That was the closest either side had come until Chelsea took the lead right on the stroke of half-time.

Hazard cut inside from the left and shot low, bringing a decent one-handed save from Myhill, who would have expected Liam Ridgewell to clear the loose ball, only for the defender to hesitate and allow Eto'o in to poke home his third goal of a profitable week.

Chelsea v WBA

It put a gloss on what had been a first half lacking talking points. Chelsea had spent much of the game inside the visitors' half but had forced few chances and rarely threatened a West Brom side that had caused very few problems itself.

Mourinho would want more from his men after the break, despite the narrow lead.

Second half
Oscar's excellence put Eden Hazard through within just a couple of minutes of the restart, but the Belgium man was unable to control the diagonal pass, allowing Myhill to collect easily and keep West Brom within touching distance.

Eleven minutes into the second period they almost drew level, Amalfitano's cross found Long with space in the area, and his header had Cech scrambling across his goal-line, the ball rebounding back into play off the foot of the post.

Shortly afterwards Gareth McAuley threatened, beating Cech to a Brunt cross but heading high, and so after two aerial warnings it was perhaps not surprising to see West Brom equalise. McAuley rose highest at a corner, bringing a superb reflex save from Cech, but much like our opener, defenders stood still and attackers acted, Long leaping highest and nodding in.

Chelsea v WBA

Mourinho responded typically quickly, bringing on Demba Ba for Lampard, putting him up front and moving Eto'o out to the left. Oscar, who had been at the centre of all the Blues had done well, dropped deep alongside Ramires.

The manager's rapid changes often have the effect of producing a quick goal for his side, but today, it went the other way.

Branislav Ivanovic was bundled off the ball just inside the opposition half, legally according to Marriner, and while Chelsea appealed for a free-kick West Brom broke, working the ball inside to Sessegnon who found a yard of space and struck low past Cech, who seemed taken by surprise at the Benin man's shot.

Juan Mata and John Mikel Obi were sent on as Mourinho gambled for a leveller, and it very nearly came after a spell of sustained pressure around the West Brom box. Eventually the ball bounced for Ivanovic to swivel and shoot, but Myhill produced a stunning reaction save to keep the Blues at bay.

Willian then headed over from close range, perhaps due to a slight nudge from behind by Ridgewell. Chances, and time, were beginning to slip away. Everybody as thrown forward, and Cahill, from a wide-right position crossed low into the area, but Ba was just unable to connect and the ball went loose.

Four minutes of injury time were indicated, but it was West Brom who almost nicked a third when Brunt broke clear, but he shot over and Chelsea would get one more chance. The away side were camped inside their own box ,but Ramires slipped between two defenders and was fouled by Steven Reid, and Marriner awarded a penalty. Remonstrations followed, but after a delay Hazard kept his composure to side-foot home and bring what could prove to be a valuable point.

Players now depart for international duty before our next game on November 23, away to West Ham United.

Chelsea v WBA

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta (Mikel 72); Ramires, Lampard (Ba 64); Willian, Oscar (Mata 72), Hazard; Eto'o.
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, David Luiz, De Bruyne.
Goals Eto'o 45, Hazard (pen) 90+5
Lampard 14, Eto'o 45, Ivanovic 90+6

West Bromwich Albion
(4-2-3-1): Myhill; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob; Amalfitano (Popov 88), Sessegnon (Morrison 80), Brunt (c); Long (Anichebe 78).
Unused subs Daniels, Vydra, Dawson, Berahino.
Long 60, Sessegnon 68
Yacob 28, Long 45+2, Amalfitano 82, Brunt 90+5, McAuley 90+5, Ridgewell 90+5, Olsson 90+6

Referee Andre Marriner

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Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...