PMB: Chelsea v West Brom - talking points

It is consecutive weeks closing the Premier League round of fixtures for the Blues, but our build-up to Monday night’s game begins here. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look ahead to the hosting of West-Midland opposition…


Antonio Conte handed his players three days off after Monday’s defeat at Vicarage Road. His squad return to training today, hopefully refreshed for the big challenges on three fronts.

As we enter a weekend of matches including the north London derby, it is worth reminding ourselves that Chelsea remain the Premier League’s leading challengers from the capital. Given that hosts in that derby, Tottenham, are one point behind the Blues and Arsenal five, a pragmatist might prefer the points to land in the Gunners’ pocket. Many Chelsea supporters would not be averse to a draw though.

It is another Monday kick-off for Conte and co. Having lost successive games to mid-table teams, the champions entertain a West Bromwich side who are currently bottom, one of nine teams separated by just seven points.

With no away win in 12, and seven points from their 13 games on the road to date (only Stoke have earned fewer), the Throstles may well encounter a vengeful Blues side back to full-throttle.