Eden Hazard is hungry for more goals after scoring his first hat-trick for Chelsea. Image courtesy of www.sportsmole.co.uk
Following a weekend loss to Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion has slumped into the bottom three and for the last third of the season needs to battle hard if it wants to avoid relegation. In their last fifteen matches, the Baggies have posted just one win, 1-0 over Newcastle. In the same time period, Chelsea has lost just once. The 11 wins and three draws have seen them move to the top of the table.
West Brom manager Pepe Mel wants his players to turn things around quickly, after slipping into the relegation zone. The 3-1 defeat at Palace left Mel with two points from a possible 12 since taking charge.
Following a 2-2 draw with WBA in November, Chelsea has banked 36 points from a possible 45. The Blue Lions are one point clear of Arsenal in the championship, with Manchester City a point further back in third. After missing the 3-0 victory over Newcastle, captain John Terry is likely to return from a minor leg injury. Out since mid-January with a knee problem, striker Fernando Torres is close to a comeback, but may be saved for the weekend FA Cup fifth round encounter against Manchester City at Etihad. Coach Jose Mourinho is wary of the trip to The Hawthorns against a team under the pump, especially after the short two-day turnaround.
For a side which has leaked an average of 1.5 goals per game this season, West Brom’s defence will have to pay close attention to Chelsea’s leading goal-scorer Eden Hazard. The Belgian midfielder has found the net a dozen times in the 2013/14 EPL campaign and is full of confidence after slotting his first hat-trick for the Pensioners last weekend. During this current run of form, Chelsea has dismissed fellow title-contenders Manchester City 1-0 and Liverpool 2-1 .
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