It's the Blues' first visit of the season to the Midlands this weekend. We build up to the game with key facts and figures, including some records against the Baggies we will want to maintain...
West Brom vs Chelsea head-to-head record
Chelsea are unbeaten against West Brom in our last six Premier League meetings, winning the last four.The Blues have won on our past three visits to the Hawthorns.The Baggies last beat Chelsea in May 2015 when Tony Pulis was their manager, when we had already won the league.West Bromwich Albion have lost 18 Premier League games against Chelsea, more than they have against any other club.
Chelsea will be aiming to keep five consecutive clean sheets against West Brom for the first time in our history.
Biggest win for each team
West Brom 4-0 Chelsea - 1919/20, 1931/32, 1937/38, 1958/59, 1961/62, 1971/72 - all in Division One.Chelsea 7-1 West Brom - 1960/61 - Division OneChelsea’s biggest win at the Hawthorns is 4-0 in 2017/18 in the Premier League
Last time at the Hawthorns
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 CHELSEA 4Premier League, 18.11.17, 3pm
West Bromwich Albion (3-5-2): Foster; McAuley, Evans (c), Hegazi; Phillips (McClean 83), Livermore, Barry, Krychowiak (Yacob h/t), Gibbs; Rondon, Rodriguez (Burke 70).Unused subs: Myhill, Nyom, Brunt, Robson-Kanu.Head Coach: Tony PulisBooked: Rondon, Yacob
Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Fabregas (Drinkwater 67), Kante (Willian 76), Bakayoko, Alonso; Morata, Hazard (Pedro 70)Unused subs: Caballero, Rudiger, David Luiz, Ampadu.Head Coach: Antonio ConteBooked: Hazard, Fabregas, Morata.Scorers: Morata 17, Hazard 23, 62, Alonso 38
Referee: Jon MossAttendance: 23,592
Frank Lampard’s side are looking to win successive away Premier League wins for the first time since we defeated both Tottenham and Arsenal in eight days last December.The Blues are unbeaten away in September for seven games in all competitions, winning six of them, since we lost 0-3 to Arsenal in 2016.Chelsea have scored 42 away goals in the Premier League since the start of last season. Only Man City (48) have netted more in the same period.
Lampard’s side have kept one clean sheet on the road since the beginning of last season in the Premier League (20 games), conceding an average two goals per game.Chelsea have won four and lost three of our past seven away Premier League games at newly promoted sides.The last three Chelsea hat-tricks have been scored by 21-year-olds – Tammy Abraham v Wolves, Christian Pulisic v Burnley and Kai Havertz v Barnsley.
Ben Chilwell’s next game will be 100th career appearance in the Premier League.Mateo Kovacic made his 100th appearance for the club against Barnsley on Wednesday.
West Brom stats
Last seasonChampionship - secondFA Cup - fifth roundCarabao Cup - first roundTop scorer all competitions: Charlie Austin 11
Last season’s Championship statsMost starts (max 46): Sam Johnstone 46, Jake Livermore 43, Semi Ajayi 42, Romaine Sawyers 42Most goals: Charlie Austin 10, Hal Robson-Kanu 10, Grady Diangana 8, Matheus Pereira 8
West Brom won 10 and drew 10 of their 23 home league games last season. Their three defeats at the Hawthorns were against Wigan, Stoke and Middlesbrough.At Everton last week, West Brom conceded five Premier League goals for the first time since a 5-5 draw against Man Utd on the final day of the 2012/13 season.West Brom have conceded eight goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.
West Brom have won one and lost five of their past eight home Premier League games.Since losing to Chelsea in February 2018, the Baggies have won two of their three Premier League matches against ‘Big Six’ sides - Tottenham (h) W 1-0, Liverpool (h) D 2-2, Man Utd (a) W 1-0.At Everton last week, Kieran Gibbs was the first West Brom player to be sent off in the Premier League since Hal Robson-Kanu against Burnley in August 2017.
Slaven Bilic’s managerial record against ChelseaWon 2Drawn 1 Lost 2
West Brom's last Premier League game
Saturday 19 September 2020 Everton 5 West Brom 2Team (3-5-2): Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Gibbs; Pereira (Phillips 71), Livermore (c), Sawyers (Field 75), Diangana (Edwards 71); RobinsonScorers: Diangana 10, Pereira 47Sent off: Gibbs 45+1 (violent conduct)
Baggies major summer moves
InMatheus Pereira Sporting LisbonCedric Kipre WiganGrady Diangana West HamDavid Button BrightonCallum Robinson Sheffield UnitedBranislav Ivanovic Zenit Saint PetersburgConor Gallagher Chelsea, loan
OutChris Brunt ReleasedOliver Burke Sheffield United
West Brom’s Kieran Gibbs is suspended.
Andreas Christensen is available again after serving his one-match ban on Wednesday against Barnsley.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings listChelsea: NoneWest Brom: Ajayi 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Jon MossVAR: Darren England
Jon Moss’ only other Blues game in 2020 was against Norwich at Stamford Bridge in July.