Chelsea v West Brom team news and stats

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 1:46

Diego Costa: Turns back on potential Atletico return

Guus Hiddink will be hoping to improve on his incredible win percentage record when Chelsea lock horns with West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Team news

Striker Diego Costa is fit as Chelsea tackle West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday after recovering from a bruised knee.

Forward Eden Hazard remains out, though, with a groin injury and is working individually with the physios to return to fitness.

Loic Remy is back in contention following a calf problem, but his fellow striker Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out.

Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe are major doubts for West Brom.

The duo are struggling with hamstring injuries which have kept them out of the Baggies’ last two games.

Ben Foster is available after making his comeback in Saturday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw with Bristol City although Boaz Myhill could return after deputising for the goalkeeper during his 10 months out with a knee injury.

Opta stats

  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last six Premier League meetings with WBA (W3 D2 L1).
  • West Bromwich Albion have lost more Premier League games against Chelsea than versus any other opponent (14).
  • Guus Hiddink has lost just one of his 16 Premier League games as a manager (W12 D3 L1) and has the best win ratio of any manager to have taken charge of 4+ games in the competition (75%).
  • Diego Costa has scored as many goals in two Premier League games under Guus Hiddink this season (3) as he had in 14 league appearances under Jose Mourinho and Steve Holland in 2015-16 (3).
  • Costa has had a hand in three goals (two goals, one assist) in three Premier League games against West Brom.
  • The Baggies haven’t scored in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game since May 18th 2015 and are the only side yet to do so this season.
  • In fact, this goal was scored by Saido Berahino versus Chelsea and was also the last goal that Chelsea have conceded in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League match.
  • WBA have scored more headed goals than any other Premier League side this season (9).
  • West Bromwich Albion have played the highest proportion of their passes long in the Premier League so far in 2015-16 (21.7%).
  • West Bromwich Albion have won their last two Premier League games and will be looking to win three in a row for the first time since November 2012 (four in a row – the third of which was against Chelsea).

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