Chelsea will look to continue their resurgence under Guus Hiddink when they host West Bromwich Albion at the Stamford Bridge in a midweek encounter of the English Premier League (EPL) on Wednesday.
Chelsea have not lost in their last five matches, and will want to continue that momentum in this fixture.
The Blues defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 in their last EPL game, before seeing off Scunthorpe 2-0 in the FA Cup, and it seems that interim boss Guus Hiddink is having the desired effect on the players.
Chelsea have a number of injury concerns to deal with, however, ahead of their clash against The Baggies. Eden Hazard, who is going through a torrid time in terms of form, will not be a part of the squad, as the Belgian is suffering from a minor injury, with Hiddink not ready to risk the playmaker.
"Hazard was on the pitch today with the physios and trainers, he's doing better and better but is still not available," Hiddink was quoted as saying by the official website of Chelsea FC.
"He's not been with the group. We want to have him fit. It's better a little late than one hour too early. For me it's about freshness. If the mind is fresh and players are eager to step on to the training ground and enjoy training, it's a signal of freshness."
"He won all these trophies but this season it's been mostly physical problems. He has to enjoy it and get rid of his physical problems, automatically he will then come into his normal shape of play."
West Brom are coming into this match three points above Chelsea. They made an encouraging start to the season but lost their momentum midway through. Manager Tony Pulis will be aware of the importance of picking up points consistently to stave off any possible relegation threat, and therefore he will look to avoid a defeat, at least, on Wednesday. The
"We know how tough the game against Chelsea is going to be. They have wonderful players. We need to be at our best," Pulis told reporters at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday. "We have been steady with the players in training ahead of the trip."
Expected lineups: Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.
West Bromwich Albion: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt; Fletcher, Yacob; Sessegnon, Morrison, McClean; Lambert.
Where to watch live:
Chelsea vs West Brom Albion is scheduled to kick-off at 7:45 pm BST (1:15 pm IST, 2:45 pm EST) on Wednesday, 13 January at the Stamford Bridge.
Unfortunately, no channels will broadcast Chelsea vs West Brom live in the UK and Ireland.
In the US, viewers can catch the game between Chelsea and West Brom on the USA Network. Online streaming will be available on NBC Sports Live Extra. Radio commentary of the game will be available on Westwood One Sports.
Fans in Australia can watch Chelsea vs West Brom live on Fox Sports 5 and they can also stream the game live on Foxtel Play.
Audience in the Middle East can watch the live action between Chelsea and West Brom on beInSports Arabia 5 HD.
Southern and Sub Saharan African countries can follow the game live on SuperSport 6 Africa.
Viewers in Canada can watch Chelsea vs West Brom live on Sportsnet One and stream the game live on Sportsnet World Now.
Le TV will broadcast the game live in China and Hong Kong.
Chelsea TV will have the radio commentary of the game live.