Defending champion Chelsea faces West Bromwich Albion in their opening Premier League fixture on 14 August 2010 at the
. It seems the newly promoted West Brom could find Stamford Bridge too tough to break, but still the Blues are less likely to take their opponent lightly. Chelsea
The match kicks off at 16:30 GMT and 17:30 BST. According to the
US time, the match begins in New York time at 12:30 and time at 09:30. California
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Both the clubs have been in excellent scoring form last season.
scored record 103 league goals last season and this was the first century of goals in a single season in English top-flight football since Tottenham Hotspur’s same achievement in 1962-63 season. Chelsea
West Brom’s scoring form in the last Championship season was also pretty much impressive as the Baggies scored 89 goals. They scored consistently in their last 26 Championship matches. Albion also showed their never-give-up mentality last season as they came from back to clinch 6 wins and 26 points.
However, the head-to-head result shows
picked up full points against West Bromwich Albion in their 8 previous meetings in Premier League. The last time West Brom defeated Chelsea Chelsea came in 1978 as the Blues lost to the Baggies 3-1 at . Stamford Bridge
Chelsea conceded only 2 goals against West Brom in their 8 Premier League meetings so far. fans would also be happy to know that the Blues have been winning their opening matches for the last 8 Premier League seasons. Chelsea
manager Carlo Ancelotti could be a bit worried about his side’s shaky defending against dead-balls. Chelsea conceded 63% of their total goals from deal-ball situations last season. Chelsea
Moreover, Ancelotti would miss the service of right back Jose Bosingwa who is currently out of action with a knee injury. Goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender Alex are expected to be available after getting over their respective injuries, while Didier Drogba lacks of match fitness and could come as a substitute. Key midfielder Frank Lampard picked up an ankle knock during
England’s 2-1 friendly victory over and would go through a late fitness test. Hungary
However, the good thing is that experienced midfielder Michael Essien has returned to action after getting over his injury sustained in January 2010 during the African Cup of Nations. Moreover, new signing Yossi Benayoun could have his Premier League debut in
shirt against the newly promoted side. Chelsea