Three games left, three points needed. The task is simple. The game won’t be.
“This moment is a really good moment for us. We are so close to reaching a fantastic target, but we mustn’t forget we have to take three points in these three games.”
“It’s important at this moment to enjoy. We have worked a lot; we have worked very hard. I like to repeat: this is a good season; we want it to become a great season. There is only one way: to take three points and win the title.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
The players are focused. They are ready.
Are you ready?
Date / Time: Friday, May 12, 20:00 BST; 3pm EDT; 12:30am IST
Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England
Referee: Michael Oliver — Mr. Oliver’s been in charge of a few pivotal Chelsea games this season already, including the Arsenal loss, the win over Spurs in the League as well as the win over Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Forecast: Rain during the day, easing into the evening.
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); NBCSN (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live Extra (USA); Hotstar (India)
West Bromwich Albion team news: Since winter turned to spring West Brom have not had much to play for, and their results reflect that perfectly. Just one win in their last nine and with just five goals scored — three of which, hilariously enough, came against Arsenal in that lonely 3-1 win — has seen them stay safely mid-table, which is where they will finish for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Tony Pulis has done solid work, as usual.
Chelsea team news: Everyone is fit after last week’s injury scare ruled out N’Golo Kanté and made David Luiz and Thibaut Courtois last-minute fitness decisions. Chelsea have had another great year in terms of avoiding injuries, and this time without any major drama behind the scenes even (or not quite behind the scenes as it were)!
Chelsea have scored at least three goals in four straight matches and have kept back-to-back clean sheets. We don’t need another 3-0 today, though one does recall an 8-0 title clincher against Wigan Athletic some years ago.
Previously: Costa scored one of the best goals of the season as Chelsea nicked a 1-0 at the Bridge over the Bagginses.