90+4min: The End.
90+1min: Goal. West Brom. Sure, why not. Robinson again. 5-2.
90min: 4 more minutes of this pain.
88min: Bodies everywhere in the West Brom penalty area, no shot, no goal, no call from the referee.
86min: Azpi makes a good block on a Diagne cross.
84min: Mason Mount picks up a knock in a 50-50 challenge, favoring his right hip.
79min: Werner can’t quite catch up to a tremendous through ball from Kovacic.
76min: Zouma contrives to miss an open net at the far post after Werner had flicked on a corner.
75min: Maitland-Niles tries his luck from distance after Kovačić lost the ball, but it’s well over the bar.
71min: GOALLLL! MOUNT! Alonso with the cross, finds Werner. He probably should score with a first-time finish, but that confidence is not there. Still he lays it off to Mount, who stabs it into the back of the net! 2-4.
69min: Jorginho chips one over the top, finding Mount. But his shot is deflected wide.
68min: Goal. West Brom. The visitors counter from the corner, Chelsea all at sea as Diagne eventually finishes. 4-1.
67min: Alonso fires in a cross, goalkeeper punches out for a corner. James takes, inswinging. Zouma’s up, but Chelsea can’t find the loose ball.
66min: Kovačić into the book for a late tackle, after being fouled himself but not called.
63min: Goal. West Brom. Stellar finish from Callum Robinson. West Brom lead, 3-1.
61min: Chelsea turn the ball over at midfield and West Brom have a short field to attack. A good dummy finds Pereira, but Mendy makes a strong save to deny him a hat-trick.
60min: Alonso finds a cross into the area, but Werner unable to corral the bouncing ball.
59min: Kovačić with a great turn, runs at the defense and shapes to shoot, but the effort is always swirling away from goal. Slight deflection gives Chelsea a corner, from which we find Zouma’s foot, but he’s unable to guide his effort on target. Another chance, that.
56min: Chelsea have a free kick, just outside the corner of the penalty area on the left. Mount takes and goes for goal, and almost finds the bottom corner at the near post!
54min: Great ball from Kovačić finds Alonso making the run down the left. His cross is blocked, but he re-collects the ball and puts it in again. It’s a bit strong, but James arrives at far post to chip back in. Goalkeeper palms it away above the head of Werner, but only as far as Alonso, who acrobatically guides a right-footed effort on target. It beats the goalkeeper, but the defender on the line makes a great block and deflects it onto the post. Unlucky!
51min: Chelsea build on the right with Mount and James, with the former finding space for a cross. It’s over the head of everyone however.
48min: Not much happening yet this half. Tough to see where the goals will come from at the moment.
SECOND HALF: Mount on for Pulisic at the break. Chelsea restart proceedings.
45+5min: HALF TIME. No idea what just happened.
45+4min: Chelsea give the ball away trying to pass it around. West Brom find Pereira again, who shows his quality again to finish and put West Brom into the lead! 2-1. WTAF.
45+3min: Phillips gets past Alonso, cuts in, and shoots. It looks very good for a moment, but fortunately it hits the crossbar.
45+2min: Goal. West Brom. Chelsea have clear and start pushing up. West Brom goalkeeper pumps it back long and it catches Chelsea out, with Pereira behind Zouma and able to chip Mendy who was off his line. What an incredibly silly goal in this incredibly silly game. 1-1.
45min: West Brom able to play through on the right, but Christensen cuts out the low cross. Chelsea half-clear the corner, then Alonso clears for a throw. 5 minutes added on after all the stoppages this half.
44min: James wins the ball from Maitland-Niles with a fantastic tackle and Chelsea have a chance to counter, with Kovačić leading the way. He waits for James to catch up, finding him with a nice ball to the right. James goes for the first-time piledriver, but the goalkeeper’s equal to it. James then takes the resulting corner, finding Christensen’s head at the near post, but it’s a tough angle for the center back and there’s not much threat in the header.
42min: Chelsea break the lines in the middle, with Azpilicueta stepping up and releasing James. He ignores Pulisic as an option in the middle and goes at it himself, firing a low shot from a tight angle that forces a good save. James takes a couple corner, finding Zouma with the second, but he can’t direct his header on target.
41min: West Brom fashion another cross from the right. Mendy also claims this one. Chelsea had kept possession for a bit prior to that sequence, but were unable to make much progress beyond the middle third.
38min: Chelsea contrive to give the ball away by the corner flag, but West Brom’s cross only finds Mendy’s gloves.
37min: Chelsea eventually take the corner, James inswinging, almost finding Azpilicueta’s head. But the Chelsea captain’s called for a push anyway, although there didn’t look to be much in that.
36min: Chelsea force a turnover at the top of the box and have a chance to counter. Kovačić releases Werner down the left and he’s got the beating of Ivanović on pace but not the angle. Werner goes down in the area under pressure, no call. He does win a corner at least, but the game’s stopped as Ivanović has managed to hurt himself in that process and won’t be able to continue. Robinson’s on to replace him.
33min: Christensen on to restore the back three, as Ziyech makes way
30min: THIAGO SILVA RED. Jorginho gives the ball away again. West Brom’s shot is wayward, but Thiago Silva’s called for a foul after the shot, which is something you rarely see. And then he gets a yellow as well, which is his second and is thus sent off.
27min: GOOOOALLLLL!!! PULISIC!!!! Pulisic’s hacked down by Bartley, 30 yards out, central. No card. James and Alonso conference over the ball, the latter takes and beats the goalkeeper only to hit the post. But Pulisic’s there to follow up and bundle it into the back of the net! 1-0, CHELSEA!!
24min: James takes the corner, outswinging, but West Brom clear.
23min: It briefly opens up for Kovačić to shoot, which he does after a touch, but it deflects off a defender for a corner. Before that’s taken, O’Shea goes off to be replaced by Ivanović.
21min: O’Shea down for treatment near the benches after getting stepped on by one of his own teammates. Ivanović goes for a jog to warm up.
20min: Ziyech’s latest ball in from the right almost finds Alonso at the far post, but the defender makes a strong clearance and avoids an own goal, too.
19min: James with a great ball down the right channel for Werner. He plays a nice square ball to Ziyech, who looks to release Pulisic, but he had put on the breaks just then, giving West Brom a chance to recover and clear.
17min: Werner down briefly after taking a kick to his ankle. Eventually he’s up and carries on. Chelsea try to build on the left, but find no joy and Alonso’s called for a foul to end that sequence.
14min: Diagne with an accidental forearm shiver in the battle for a high ball into the face of Azpilicueta, who goes down with a shout. Diagne into the book for the flailing arm.
13min: James puts in a nice cross. Werner doesn’t quite find the finish, but his blushes are spared somewhat by the offside flag.
12min: Great ball over the top from Thiago Silva finds Alonso making a run off the back of his defender. A good touch brings the ball under control in the area, but the goalkeeper’s down well to save the low hard shot.
11min: Ziyech chips a ball towards the far post from the right, but not much chance for Alonso to win the high looping ball and the goalkeeper can collect.
9min: Chelsea with a bit of difficulty in playing out under some surprise West Brom pressure. Eventually we do, but Azpilicueta’s through ball is cut out and West Brom can counter. Alonso blocks the eventual cross fro a corner, which is headed clear by Silva.
6min: West Brom take their time in lining up the free kick, but promptly hit it into the wall. Chelsea have a chance to counter from the rebound, but Ziyech gets his pass all wrong and the goalkeeper can collect.
5min: Jorginho gives the ball away in the defensive third with a horrendous pass. Zouma and Thiago Silva stop the danger, but the latter gives away a foul just outside the area and gets a yellow.
3min: West Brom force Ziyech into a turnover and find Diagne with a nice through ball. His layoff finds a West Brom player at the top of the box, but his shot is straight at Mendy and he makes the catch and holds on.
2min: Chelsea build on the right, with Ziyech swinging in a flat cross with his left, just over the head of Werner at the near post. Chelsea then build on the left, but Pulisic’s ball is wayward and over the head of everyone.
KICK-OFF: The players are out, Chelsea in classic all-blue with white socks, West Brom in a rather garish green-yellow stripey number. The players take a knee and the visitors get us underway.
Welcome to the final quarter of the 2020-21 Premier League season. Chelsea sit fourth and in control of our top-four destiny.
Chelsea have been good and West Brom have been bad, but this could be a classic trap game, if we don’t pay attention.
As expected, those who were very busy during the international break only start on the bench. Welcome back, Thiago Silva!
Here we go!
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Mendy | Zouma, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta (c) | Alonso, Kovačić, Jorginho, James | Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech
Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, Rüdiger, Christensen, Chilwell, Gilmour, Mount, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud
West Bromwich Albion starting lineup (5-4-1):
Johnstone | Townsend, Ajayi, Bartley (c), O’Shea, Furlong | Pereira, Maitland-Niles, Yokuslu, Phillips | Diagne
Substitutes from: Button, Peltier, Ivanović, Livermore, Dianganga, Snodgrass, Grant, Robinson, Robson-Kanu
Date / Time: Saturday, April 3, 2021, 12.30 BST; 7:30am EDT; 5pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: David Coote (on pitch); Chris Kavanagh (VAR)
On TV: BT Sport 1 (UK); NBCSN, Universo (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); SuperSport Premier League, Canal+ Sport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport Live (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!