Preview: No new absentees for Chelsea's visit

Albion play their first game of the new decade when they host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Day, kick-off 12.30pm.

By Alex Stedman • 30 December 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter and Dan Burn share a celebration together at the Amex.

Goals from Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy, their first for the club, were enough to seal three points against AFC Bournemouth at the Amex in the last game of 2019.

Jahanbakhsh scored the club’s fastest ever Premier League goal when he latched onto Neal Maupay’s pass after just two minutes, 29 seconds before Mooy stylishly slotted home after the break to double the advantage and seal a 2-0 win.

Chelsea come into the contest off the back of a 2-1 win at Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead, but goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham in the last ten minutes turned the game on its head for Frank Lampard’s men.

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring his first goal for the club.

Team news...

Graham Potter confirmed that he had no fresh injury concerns for Wednesday’s game, with Solly March and Jose Izquierdo the only two players ruled out.

In his pre-match press conference, the head coach said, "We have no new injury problems. Solly March trained today [Monday] but Wednesday will be too soon.

"Jose Izquierdo is still out but he's making good progress too, we have a good group available."

The visitors will wait to hear back for news on Christian Pulisic, who missed the clash with Arsenal on Sunday due to a muscle injury, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel are still short of match fitness. Reece James also remains side lined, as does French striker Olivier Giroud.


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Extended highlights: Albion 2 Bournemouth 0

Our last fixture…

Albion 2
Jahanbakhsh (3)
Mooy (79)

AFC Bournemouth 0

Albion: Ryan (GK), Montoya, Dunk ©, Duffy, Burn; Propper, Bissouma (Murray 89), Mooy (Stephens 84); Jahanbakhsh (Alzate 84), Maupay, Trossard.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Webster, Bernardo, Gross.

Their last fixture…

Arsenal 1
Aubameyang (13)

Chelsea 2
Jorginho (83)
Abraham (87)

Chelsea line-up: Kepa (GK); Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Tomori (Lamptey 59), Emerson (Jorginho 34); Kante, Kovacic (Hudson-Odoi 70), Mount, Abraham, Willian.

Subs not used: Caballero (GK); Christensen, Barkley, Batshuayi.

The Chelsea player to watch…

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Tammy Abraham celebrates against Arsenal.

Tammy Abraham has found the back of the net 15 times for club and country so far this term, including most recently in Sunday's win over Arsenal. 

The 22-year-old has scored twice, against Norwich City and Sheffield United back in August, before firing a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves in mid-September. Abraham also scored in the UEFA Champions League against Lille in both home and away ties as well as scoring for England in the 7-0 win against Montengero in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley last month. 

The 22-year-old stands on 12 Premier League goals ahead of Wednesday’s match. Only Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (17) and Aubameyang (13) have scored more.