Emotions will run high today, as Chelsea clash with West Brom in a Premier League match at The Hawthorns.
Nigerian players John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Osaze Peter Odemwingie who were not part of the Super Eagles international friendly last Wednesday will be aiming to perform and thrill their Nigerian fans, while on the other hand, the two coaches Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Clarke are desperate to impress. Di Matteo was coach at West Brom, while Clarke played for Chelsea and was assistant to Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant.
After dropping points at home to Manchester United and Liverpool, Chelsea are out to take all full points with the aim of regaining the top position lost to United after falling controversially 3-2 to Manchester and drawing 1-1 with Liverpool.
A win for Chelsea will see them close the gap on United, while West Brom will be a point behind Chelsea if they win and possibly be in Champions League spot if Everton lose or draw at Reading.
But Chelsea are undefeated away from west London and should be in a no foul mood. Ashley Cole is back and will definitely keep Odemwingie who scored a brace in West Brom’s win against Wigan Athletic.
The Blues have won 18 of their last 21 games with West Brom. However, Chelsea suffered a bitter loss on March 3 at the Stamford Bridge and that led to the sacking of Andre Villas Boas and promotion for Di Matteo who then successfully led Chelsea to the FA Cup title, its first-ever Champions League crown and qualification for this season’s European tournament. “Robbie has done very well. He is still quite young but he drove the Chelsea team on.
“So all my praise goes to him, but we are looking to beat him,”said West Brom midfielder, Youssouf Mulumbu.