Chelsea v West Brom preview

Rafa Benitez is likely to make sweeping changes to the starting

XI he sent out for a midweek FA Cup fifth round victory over

Middlesbrough when Chelsea return to Premier League action against

West Brom.

Paulo Ferreira, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Ake, Victor Moses and

Yossi Benayoun are likely to be among those to make way, with

Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba

pushing for recalls.

Defensive duo Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta sat out cup duty

through illness and injury respectively and a decision is yet to be

taken on their involvement against the Baggies.

Oriol Romeu remains the Blues’ only long-term absentee, as he

continues to nurse knee ligament damage.

West Brom could be without their two frontline strikers on


On-loan Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face his parent club,

while forward partner Shane Long is a doubt with the ankle injury

suffered against Sunderland and has been unable to train so far

this week.

Left-back Goran Popov will complete a three-game ban for his red

card against Tottenham.

Steve Clarke has included 16-year-old midfielder Isaiah Brown,

who is still at school, in his squad.