Chelsea January signing handed starting debut vs West Brom as star defender returns - football




Chelsea January signing handed starting debut vs West Brom as star defender returns

Chelsea January signing handed starting debut vs West Brom as star defender returns



The lineups for tonight’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have been announced, with a number of notable inclusions for champions Chelsea.
Matchup
The two sides are set to go head to head at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men desperate for all 3 points following a dismal run of form which saw the Blues fall to consecutive 3-goal defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Watford.
Tonight’s result could prove particularly decisive regarding Antonio Conte’s future in the English capital, with widespread claims over the last week that a loss tonight will see the Italian tactician sacked by Chelsea.
West Brom, meanwhile, have fallen to defeats in their last 2 Premier League outings, the latter of which came in hugely disappointing fashion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.
The Baggies currently sit rock bottom of the English top-flight table, a full 5 points behind 19th-placed Stoke City.
Teams
The lineups for tonight’s crucial matchup were announced a short time ago, with a number of notable inclusions and absences for hosts Chelsea. Andreas Christensen returns to the heart of the Blues’ defence following a spell on the sidelines, while Olivier Giroud earns his first start for the Premier League champions up front.
Cesc Fabregas is also included from the start, stepping in for the suspended Tiemoue Bakayoko, while Alvaro Morata is fit enough for a place on the Chelsea bench.
However, Marcos Alonso is a notable absentee, with the Spaniard having been a surprise late scratch from the Blues’ squad for their clash with Watford last week as a ‘precautionary measure’.

Team to face WBA: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson, Drinkwater, Willian, Morata. #CHEWBA pic.twitter.com/LCu4nxduoI
? Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 12, 2018

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