The international break is over and we’re set for four straight months of uninterrupted club football, which begins with a grueling 17 games in 45 days stretch for Chelsea starting with Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Pulisbion.
Not to be confused with the Chequebook kind, Real Pulis has had a few bad results go against him in recent weeks and months. In fact, they have not won a game in any competition since beating Accrington Stanley in the League Cup back in August. Still, all we have to do is look back to the last we came out of an international break and conjured up a loss at previously winless Crystal Palace in October. Nothing is easy, nothing’s a gimme in the Premier League — even amidst all the bad results, they still only lost by one goal to Manchester City a few weeks ago.
So, Chelsea have their work cut out for them, but fortunately the squad is trending towards the healthy end. This match may come a bit too soon for Victor Moses, but everyone else should be available — though several players are coming off of recent knocks and bruises (including Hazard, Bakayoko, David Luiz) and we never heard any further updates after Batshuayi was forced to return early to Chelsea from Belgium.
A midweek trip to Azerbaijan awaits after this to play Qarabag, followed by another away game, at Anfield, where Liverpool have not lost all season.