Preview: Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion

Stamford Bridge
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Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they look to return to third place in the Premier League table.

Tottenham Hotspur's victory over West Ham United on Monday night saw Chelsea drop to fourth place, but they can regain third spot with a victory over the Baggies.

Under-pressure manager Rafael Benitez will make changes after his side's 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

Gary Cahill could return from injury to replace John Terry, while Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba are all expected to make the starting lineup.

West Bromwich Albion have reignited their challenge for a Europa League place in recent weeks with back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Sunderland respectively.

The Baggies' recent success has largely come down to the goals of Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian forward is ineligible to face his parent team.

Lukaku's absence could see Peter Odemwingie make his first start for the club since he failed to secure a move to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.

Recent form

Chelsea: WWWDLW

West Bromwich Albion: LDLLWW

Possible starting lineups

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, David Luiz, Cahill; Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Mikel, Hazard; Ba

West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Reid, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley; Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu; Long, Odemwingie

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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