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Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o celebrates with John Terry after scoring against Schalke in the Champions League, November 6. Reuters
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o celebrates with John Terry after scoring against Schalke in the Champions League, November 6. Reuters
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o celebrates with John Terry after scoring against Schalke in the Champions League, November 6. Reuters

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After the loss to Chelsea, Jose Mourinho demanded a reaction and got it courtesy the Champions League win over Schalke in midweek.

However, all the bouncebackability will turn to nought, if Chelsea fail to turn up against West Brom in the English Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The loss to Newcastle, when, as Mourinho, himself put it, all 11 players played poorly, was as bad as they come, and surprising as it came on the back of an unbeaten October.

Chelsea were being tipped to go top of the Premier League and probably keep their place there for a while prior to the Newcastle game. A sound second half performance from the Magpies at St. James' Park put paid to those hopes, and if the Blues are not careful, West Brom might just sneak in another shock victory on Saturday.

The Baggies, currently eleventh with 13 points from ten games, have looked really good against the bigger teams this season - topping Manchester United at Old Trafford, while giving Arsenal a real test at the Hawthorns.

They were thumped 4-1 by Liverpool a couple of weeks back at Anfield, though, and it is that result that Mourinho will be concentrating on and expecting his Chelsea team to emulate.

If the Blues, who can move to within two points of leaders Arsenal with a win, get their passing and movement going, then West Brom will be in for a long afternoon; but if Albion, like Newcastle, stifle their opposition, then rewards in the shape of points will be theirs.

The match also poses a contest between Mourinho and West Brom manager Steve Clarke, who was the Portuguese's assistant at Chelsea a few years ago.

"I'm very happy to meet him before and after the match," Mourinho said. "It will not be the same thing to play against Steve than to play against any other manager because he is a special guy in my career. We have stayed in touch but didn't speak about our jobs directly.

"He had a very good experience as a player and an assistant manager. He was always very focused and very organised. When he became manager for the first time he was very well prepared and I knew that he would do very well. I am so happy for Steve. He knows that every match he plays I am wishing he will win, but not tomorrow [Saturday], which is strange.

"During the match it will be hard for us because he is very good and he organises his team very well, defensively and in counter-attacks. They are always a difficult team -- this season we have a simple example of that: they stopped Arsenal winning and they won at Old Trafford."

Team News: Fernando Torres is ruled out for Chelsea, but the manager expects his striker to be fit once Premier League action returns after the international break. "Fernando is recovering well," Mourinho said. "We think normally, if things go the right way, he should be in the condition to be back after the international break."

There are no new injury worries for Chelsea, meaning, apart from Torres, only long-term absentee Marco Van Ginkel is sidelined. Eden Hazard will return to the squad after Mourinho decided to leave the Belgian international out for the Champions League win over Schalke as punishment for missing training on Monday.

"He reacted well. He apologised to me and he apologised to the club," Mourinho said. "Of course the apology was not accepted but it's over and it's something that doesn't exist anymore.

"He is selected and he is ready to play. He has an appetite to play; it was a risk not to select him (for the Newcastle game) speaking in terms of football. It was an important match but sometimes as a manager you have to make some risky decisions."

Billy Jones (hamstring), Ben Foster (foot) and Zoltan Gera (knee) are ruled out for West Brom, while Scott Sinclair (hamstring), Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Nicolas Anelka (groin) are doubtful.

Key men: Chelsea: Hazard, after being dropped, will be keen to make an impression, and grab the headlines for the right reasons.

West Brom: Anelka, if fit, will want to dent his former side with a couple of goals. If the Frenchman fails a fitness test, however, the onus will be on the likes of Stephane Sessegnon to find a way past the Chelsea defence.

Where to watch

The game is scheduled for an 8.30 pm IST start on Saturday night with live coverage on Star Sports 4. You can also catch the game live online by clicking the official link HERE. 

Expected lineups: Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.

West Brom: Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Yacob; Amalfitano, Morrison, Sessegnon; Long.

Prediction: 3-1 to Chelsea

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