After a good victory against Bolton last week it’s off to the Midlands to play ‘Woy’s’ in form West Bromwich Albion team.
Despite West Brom’s recent good form and goal scoring feats, Chelsea have a great record against the Baggies as Chelsea have beaten the Baggies in 15 consecutive top-flight matches. For AVB to have such a favourable two consecutive games is a blessing in disguise for the under pressure boss. However two big wins for Hodgson’s men, with Peter Odemwingie scoring five in those matches, means that this will be no walk over.
Team selection should be interesting after last week’s game with all eyes on the ‘old boys’ Essien, Cole and Lamps. With Lamps not selected for England in midweek he should be fresh enough to try to notch up his 150th Premier League goal. Also after milestones is ‘the Drog’ who needs one for his century of Premiership goals. If Kalou plays it will be his 150th Premiership game and Ramires could notch up his 50th.
Encouragingly Chelsea have scored 31 Premier League goals against West Brom, more than any other club against the Baggies. With Arsenal playing the Scousers at lunchtime at least we will be in a position, by kick off, to know what we have to do in the battle for fourth place. However three points, and Spurs losing again on Sunday, suddenly makes third place achievable.
It was good to see Gary Cahill and Danny Sturridge playing such important roles in England’s 3-2 defeat against Holland at Wembley in the week. Danny won the man of the match for his cameo role, although the judges must have been looking the other way when he missed a sitter. It was good to see old boys Scotty Parker and Arjen Robben playing so well for their respective countries as well as Khalid Boulahrouz.
Hopefully the harmony in the dressing room would have been restored after some ill judged press interviews over the last couple of weeks. I do wonder what goes through some players minds when a tape recorder is stuck under their nose. The press are making it their job to stir things up with an old guard and new guard scenario. With a young manager we are an easy target for the football pundits, especially with a certain Senor Mourinho being snapped in London. All of a sudden Jose is the next Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and England boss and this only heaps pressure on AVB.
So three good points, a clean sheet, no red cards, no injuries and all those milestones being reached would do very nicely for me. My tip is a sneaky 3-1 with goals from Lamps, Blondie Torres and Juan Mata. With Spuds getting trounced by the plastic Mancs and Arse losing to Liverpool this could be a massive weekend for our Blue Boys.