Chelsea: Predicted XI v West Brom

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has some big decisions to make ahead of the clash with West Bromwich Albion after a disappointing start to the season.

The Blues haven't won either of their two matches this season, drawing against Swansea on the opening day before an emphatic 3-0 defeat at the hands of title rivals Manchester City.

Goalkeeper change

That will almost certainly mean changes from 'the Special One' when they arrive at the Hawthorns, with Thibaut Courtois one player set to come back into the side following his suspension. Whilst Asmir Begovic did little wrong in the defeat at the Etihad Stadium, he'll make way for the Belgian international on Sunday.


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At the back, centre back John Terry was hauled off at half-time against City and will likely pay the price again. Mourinho replied 'maybe' when asked the question in his pre-match press conference, but Kurt Zouma is the logical choice alongside Gary Cahill. Branislav Ivanovic should get one more chance at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta on the opposite flank and Baba Rahman waiting in the wings.

Whilst Cesc Fabregas took some criticism for his display, the Spaniard will continue in a holding midfield alongside Nemanja Matic. The Chelsea boss does have options though, with Ramires, John Obi-Mikel and Reuben Loftus-Cheek all capable if required.

Pedro's debut?

In the advanced midfield positions, Pedro is primed to make his debut after training with the squad, and the Blues need an injection in attack after a lacklustre fortnight. Willian can play on the opposite flank, with Eden Hazard trying to influence things behind the striker. The former Barcelona playmaker can interchange with his Belgian teammate when required.

Diego Costa hasn't hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge this season, but he remains the best option available to Mourinho, who has favoured Radamel Falcao over Loic Remy when bringing a forward off the bench to try and influence things.

Chelsea predicted XI v West Brom:

Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Falcao.

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