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Team News: Olivier Giroud starts for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata on bench

Team News: Giroud starts for Chelsea, Morata on bench
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Olivier Giroud is given his first Chelsea start in the Premier League fixture with West Bromwich Albion, while Alvaro Morata is selected on the bench.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has handed a start to Olivier Giroud for the Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion.

Giroud features in the starting lineup for the first time since his January switch from Arsenal, while fellow forward Alvaro Morata makes a surprise return to the bench after a back injury.

Andreas Christensen is also selected in the centre of defence after a short period out with a hamstring injury, while Cesc Fabregas features in place of the suspended Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Emerson Palmieri and Willian are only among the replacements, but there is no place in the 18-man squad for David Luiz.

West Brom head coach Alan Pardew has made three alterations from the team which started last weekend's 3-2 defeat against Southampton.

Jonny Evans returns to the centre of defence after a back problem, while Kieran Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak also come back into the side.

Gareth McAuley, Allan Nyom and Claudio Yacob all find themselves on the bench.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard
Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson, Drinkwater, Willian, Morata

West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Gibbs, Evans, Hegazi, Dawson; Brunt, Barry, Krychowiak, Phillips; Sturridge, Rondon
Subs: Myhill, Nyom, Yacob, McClean, Burke, Rodriguez, McAuley

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2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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