CHELSEA v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 9th November 2013,
The last time the Baggies won at Chelsea came 30
years ago to the day when a Garry Thompson goal handed Albion a 1-0 win in a
Milk Cup 3rd round tie.
The two teams also met on this date at The
Hawthorns in 1963 in a First Division clash. Terry Simpson scored for the
Baggies in a 1-1 draw, Bert Murray scored for the visitors.
Albion's last game on this date came in 2002 when
they played out a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, Scott
Dobie scoring the Baggies' goal. The club's last win on November 9 came in 1991
when goals from Don Goodman and Gary Robson gave Bobby Gould's side a 2-1
victory at Reading.
Chelsea's last game on November 9 took place in
2008 when two goals from current Albion striker Nicolas Anelka gave them a 2-0
win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 65 Premier League home games as
manager of Chelsea (W51, D14).
won just one of their last 15 league games in London, their only victory coming
at QPR on Boxing Day last season when they beat Harry Redknapp’s men 2-1.
Chelsea have won all
seven Premier League meetings between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge, scoring 18
goals and conceding just one.
Albion's last six games:
Crystal Palace (H) 2-0;
Liverpool (A) 1-4; Stoke City (A) 0-0; Arsenal (H) 1-1; Manchester United (A)
2-1; Arsenal (H, LC) 1-1 (3-4 on pens)
Chelsea's last six games: FC Shalke 04 (H, CL) 3-0;
Newcastle United (A) 0-2; Arsenal (A, LC) 2-0; Manchester City (H) 2-1; FC
Shalke 04 (A, CL) 3-0; Cardiff City (H) 4-1
Albion will be without in-form
right-back Billy Jones for the
clash after he suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s win over Crystal
Palace. The experienced Steven Reid looks most likely to deputise for Jones.
Steve Clarke also has doubts over former
Chelsea duo Scott Sinclair
(hamstring) and Nicolas Anelka (groin) but will be boosted by the return of
Victor Anichebe following his hamstring injury.
Ben Foster (foot) and Zoltan Gera (knee / hamstring) remain
Myhill, Daniels, McAuley,
Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anichebe, Dorrans,
Morrison, Long, Brunt, Vydra, Dawson, Anelka, Lugano, Popov, Reid, Amalfitano,
Eden Hazard returns to the
Chelsea squad after being left
out in midweek due to disciplinary reasons having missed a training session
ahead of the Champions League game with Schalke.
Spanish striker Fernando Torres is missing with a thigh
problem, so either Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba will take his place up front.
Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Cech, Schwarzer, Ivanovic,
Cole, Bertrand, Luiz, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard,
Willian, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Eto'o.
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
“It was a good win against Palace last weekend. Not a vintage
performance in difficult conditions on the afternoon. But it was a day just to
win to get three points. It’s important, as and when you have matches you
identify as games you should pick up points in, you manage to do that - we’ve
done that. We have 12 points from our last seven games which, I think, is a
decent return. If we can take 12 points from the next seven games coming up
then, approaching Christmas, we’ll be in a good place.
"A win wouldn't mean anything to me other than the fact it's
another three points for the
Albion. It would be a good scalp to take, winning at
Stamford Bridge and beating
Chelsea, but that's it. I think if we're 100 per cent focused, and concentrated
and play at our maximum, then we have an opportunity to compete with any team in
the Premier League and that's what we have to focus on.
have very similar personnel to last season. Maybe they're a bit more dogged and
defend a bit deeper than they did last year at times but they're pretty much the
same group of players, so we've got an idea what to expect. But we'll
concentrate more on what we can do. It's unusual for teams who are going to
compete for the title to lose back-to-back Premier League games, so that's our
challenge. They did play this week and won against Schalke in the Champions
League so they've had a game to get last weekend's defeat at Newcaslte out of
their system. It wouldn't have necessarily made it easier for us if they had won
at Newcastle, it was always going to be a difficult game.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:
“Of course I'm very happy to meet him before and after the
match, it will not be the same thing to play against Steve than to play against
any other manager because he is a special guy in my career. We have stayed in
touch but didn't speak about our jobs directly.
“He had a very good experience as a player and an assistant
manager. He was always very focused and very organised. When he became manager
for the first time he was very well prepared and I knew that he would do very
well. I am so happy for Steve. He knows that every match he plays I am wishing
he will win, but not tomorrow, which is strange.
“During the match it will be hard for us because he is very
good and he organises his team very well, defensively and in counter-attacks.
They are always a difficult team - this season we have a simple example of that:
they stopped Arsenal winning and they won at Old Trafford.”
Albion Win: 10/1, Chelsea Win: 3/10, Draw: 4/1.
Anelka 11/1, Anichebe 12/1, Long 14/1, Vydra 16/1, Berahino 16/1, Sessegnon
16/1, Rosenberg 20/1, Brunt 25/1, Sinclair 25/1, Morrison 25/1, Mulumbu 33/1,
McAuley 33/1, Dawson 33/1, Amalfitano 33/1.
Chelsea: Eto'o 7/2, Ba 4/1, Hazard 5/1, Oscar 5/1,
Schurrle 5/1, Mata 6/1, Lampard 13/2, Willian 13/2, De Bruyne 9/1, Ramires 11/1,
Luiz 20/1, Ivanovic 20/1, Cahill 25/1, Essien 25/1, Terry 25/1.
Andre Marriner (West Midlands) (replacement
for Lee Probert who was originally allocated the game)
The official took charge of one Albion
game last season - the 3-1 defeat at West Ham United in March.
Marriner last took charge of a Chelsea game in
September for the Blues' 2-0 win at home to Fulham.
Tickets are now completely sold out. Fans are urged
not to travel without a ticket.
Dry and sunny, 8°C
The first ever league meeting of the two clubs came at
Stamford Bridge in September 1905, just months after the London club had been
formed. Albion lost that initial Division Two game 1-0 with Bob McRoberts
scoring for the home side. The return game at The Hawthorns in January ended in
a 1-1 draw, Jack Manners the Albion scorer.
Albion's best league victory over the Londoners is 5-2, a
score achieved twice - away at Stamford Bridge in April 1929 when Tommy
Glidden hit a hat-trick, and at The Hawthorns in October 1953 when the
late, great Ronnie Allen notched a treble. Allen had a fantastic scoring
record against the Blues, hitting 14 goals in 19 league games between the
The Baggies also registered a 8-1 win in October 1945 at The
Hawthorns in a Football League South
Ike Clarke scoring four of the goals
The game came just a week after the two clubs had shared 11 goals at
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea coming out on top in that one 7-4.
Chelsea's best victory over
Albion came at Stamford Bridge in December 1960 when five goals from the
legendary Jimmy Greaves helped the Blues to a easy 7-1 victory.
Albion have an awful recent
history against Chelsea, winning just two of the last 22 games, although those
victories have come in the last three meetings. Before those wins, Albion had
lost 13 games in a row against the Blues in all competitions.
Albion's last victory at
Stamford Bridge came in November 1983 when Ron Wylie's men beat the Londoners
1-0 in a League Cup 3rd round tie whilst the last league victory in
West London came in September 1978, Albion running out 3-1
winners thanks to goals from Cyrille Regis, John Wile and Tony Brown.
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 2 March 2013, 3:00pm
Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic,
Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard (c); Hazard (Moses 80), Mata (Mikel 90+4), Oscar;
Ba (Torres 87). Subs not used: Turnbull (gk), Terry, Cahill,
Goalscorer: Ba 28
Booked: Hazard 56 (foul)
Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson
(c), Ridgewell; Yacob (Rosenberg 82), Mulumbu; Fortune (Odemwingie 62),
Morrison, Dorrans (Thomas 71); Long. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Jones,
Booked: McAuley 65 (foul), Odemwingie 85 (foul)
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Chelsea claimed a routine win
over West Brom as Rafael Benitez made a victorious Stamford Bridge return
following his midweek criticism of Blues supporters. Demba Ba's 28th-minute goal
saw Chelsea return above Tottenham to third place in the Barclays Premier League
for 24 hours at least, ahead of tomorrow's north
West Brom had not won a league
match at Chelsea in almost 35 years, and although owner Roman Abramovich may be
content with Benitez in charge until the end of the season and a fifth win in
seven games, that may not be enough to appease Blues fans. There is recent
precedent for a change of Chelsea manager following losses to West Brom, with
the Baggies the final Premier League opponents for both Andre Villas-Boas and
Roberto Di Matteo. Many wondered if this would be Benitez's last stand following
his rant against the title of 'interim manager' and the fans' incessant
barracking of him.
Much of the focus was on the Spaniard after his midweek
deviation from measured politician to rabble-rouser. Due to his prior
association with Liverpool, Benitez's temporary appointment was never a popular one, but he hoped
the crowd would use their energies to back the team. They came with handmade
banners - "The Interim One" and "Rafa Benitez we're just not that inter im"
among them - and would have been unhappy to see captain John Terry named among
the substitutes, alongside Fernando Torres, as one of seven changes to the side
which progressed in the FA Cup at Middlesbrough. Benitez says he will decide
whether Terry, with his fitness travails, can play twice a week and the
defender's armband was passed to Frank Lampard, who moved equal with John
Hollins as the club's third-highest appearance maker on 592.
Benitez quietly took his seat - it took a few moments for his
arrival to be greeted with the usual expletive-laden chants - and
Chelsea almost went ahead in the
fourth minute. Ba crossed from the right for Oscar, but Ben Foster, who has made
himself available again for England, saved instinctively in front of the
watching national manager Roy Hodgson. Juan Mata, on his 100th Chelsea
appearance, volleyed wide across goal before Steven Reid's long-range effort was
tipped over by Petr Cech. Oscar should have had a rare headed goal when he met
Mata's clipped cross to the back post after 16 minutes but could not convert.
Following the move, the Stamford Bridge patrons observed their homage to Di
Matteo, but there was also plenty of encouragement for the players on the pitch,
so perhaps Benitez's midweek comments that the fans should put their effort into
supporting the team had been heeded to some extent. Ba shot straight at Foster
after latching on to a loose ball and Oscar screwed another effort over. Eden
Hazard almost took advantage of indecision in the Baggies defence before Claudio
Yacob's foul on Oscar presented Chelsea with a free-kick opportunity. David
Luiz's effort ricocheted off the wall and Foster scrambled it out for a corner,
from which Chelsea went in front. The left-sided set-piece was played short to
Oscar, whose inswinging cross towards the back post found Luiz and occupied the
attentions of Foster. Luiz headed the ball back across goal for Ba to sweep it
in. Mata shot wide soon after before Oscar, twice, and Cesar Azpilicueta had
Lampard, seeking his 200th
Chelsea goal, had an effort
ruled out early in the second half, with Mata flagged offside in the build-up.
After 60 minutes, Benitez and the Blues fans reacted in unison in appeal for a
penalty. Oscar's lofted ball forward was brought down by Hazard, who went down
under pressure from Jonas Olsson, but referee Kevin Friend was unmoved. There
were more boos at the Bridge when Peter Odemwingie finally got his wish to play
in west London - albeit not at QPR - and came on as a substitute. The
single-goal advantage was not a comfortable one for Chelsea and Benitez was
animated in his technical area, even rising to his feet as the fans chanted
"Stand up if you hate Rafa".
again threatened and again Foster saved from Oscar. Azpilicueta's cross was
headed down by Ba for the Brazilian, who scuffed his shot straight at the
goalkeeper. Oscar again saw an effort saved by Foster before Cech had to tip
over a dipping Odemwingie free-kick. Cech was called upon from the resulting
corner as the ball was directed goalwards off the head of his team-mate
Azpilicueta. A Victor Moses cross was just behind his fellow substitute Torres
and Odemwingie had an effort saved by Cech. Foster came up for a stoppage-time
corner, but the hosts held on for three points to the relief of Benitez.
Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke spent 11 years as a player
with Chelsea between
1987-98, making 421 appearances. He also spent four years coaching the Blues'
French striker Nicolas Anelka had a
successful four year stint at Stamford Bridge between 2008 and 2012.
Scott Sinclair joined Chelsea from Bristol
Rovers in 2005 at the age of 16. He spent four years in West London but made
just a handful of appearances for the Blues. In 2012, after a number of loan
spells away from the club, he joined Swansea City in a permanent £500,000 deal.
Academy starlet Isaiah Brown made his debut for
Albion on 4 May 2013 against
Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns, becoming the second-youngest player in Premier
League history at the age of 16 years and 117 days. He joined Chelsea in a
controversial move in July 2013.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Neil Clement, Shaun Cummings, Warren Cummings, Alan Dickens, Tony Godden, Derek Kevan,
Romelu Lukaku, Paddy Mulligan, Frank Nouble, Fred Richardson, Graham Roberts, Fred Rouse, Frank
Sinclair, David Speedie, Kenny Swain and Mickey Thomas.
Roberto Di Matteo managed both clubs having previously had a
lengthy spell as a Chelsea player, whilst another former Blues' player
Eddie Newton, was Di Matteo's assistant at both The Hawthorns and
Former Albion manager Jack Smith was a player for
Chelsea prior to the Second World War; World Cup winner Sir Geoff
Hurst had a short spell as a player at The Hawthorns before later
managing the London club; Ex-Albion player and manager Don Howe
had a spell as Chelsea coach; Former Baggies' goalkeeper Bob Ward would
later act as Chelsea physio; Former sprint champion Ade Mafe has
acted as fitness coach for both clubs.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS CHELSEA
TEN MATCHES AGAINST CHELSEA
Sat 02 Mar 2013
Sat 17 Nov 2012
Long, Odemwingie - E Hazard
Sat 03 Mar 2012
Sat 20 Aug 2011
Long - Anelka, Malouda
Sat 16 Apr 2011
Odemwingie - Drogba, Kalou, Lampard
Sat 14 Aug 2010
Malouda 2, Drogba 3, Lampard
Fri 26 Dec 2008
Sat 15 Nov 2008
Bosingwa, Anelka 2
Sat 04 Mar 2006
Kanu - Drogba, J Cole
Wed 24 Aug 2005
Lampard 2, J Cole, Drogba