No fresh injuries ahead of Chelsea match

Albion start their 2020/21 Premier League campaign on Monday night as they host the Blues.

By Charlie Hanson • 14 September 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion have no new fresh injury concerns ahead of Chelsea match on Monday.

Albion open their 2020/21 Premier League campaign tonight with the visit of Chelsea to the Amex.

The fixture will be shown live on Sky Sports, with kick-off at 8.15pm.

Graham Potter’s side are already fairly familiar with Chelsea, having welcomed them for a pre-season friendly at the end of last month when new signings Adam Lallana and Joel Veltman got a first run out in a 1-1 draw.


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Highlights: Albion 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea had their own fresh faces on show that afternoon with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech making their debuts.

Albion will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run of three matches in the Premier League, having taken all three points from the final game of last season at Burnley with an impressive 2-1 victory which followed draws against Southampton and Newcastle United.

Frank Lampard’s side were one of the form sides in the second half of the campaign, picking up eight wins from their last 12 league matches.

Team news…

By Paul Hazlewood
Christian Walton was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the pre-season friendly against Frank Lampard's side.

While Jose Izquiedero and Christian Walton continue their recoveries from injury, Graham Potter has no new injuries ahead of Monday night’s game.

He said, “Some players have played more minutes than others and we are still assessing players coming back from international duty. But there’s no new injuries to report so we will arrive on Monday with a full squad to choose from apart from Jose and Chris.

"Chris is due for a scan over the next couple of days, we're not sure time wise on him, but he won't be available for Monday's game or the next couple of weeks."

Chelsea are expected to be without a few of their new recruits including Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, while long-term absentee Billy Gilmour also won't be available.

Our last Premier League fixture…

By Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma lets fly with a brilliant curling effort that would open the scoring against Burnley.
Burnley 1
Wood (44)
Albion 2
Bissouma (20)
Connolly (50)

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK), Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn, March (Bernardo 73), Bissouma (Propper 73), Stephens, Mac Allister (Mooy 74), Connolly (Murray 90), Maupay (Jahanbakhsh 90+3)

Subs not used: Trossard, Gross, Montoya, Button.

Their last Premier League fixture…

Chelsea 2
Mount (45+1)
Giroud (45+4)


Wolves 0

Chelsea line-up: Caballero (GK), Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho (Barkley 88), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek), Alonso, Mount (Pedro 85), Giroud (Abraham 78), Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi 78).

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga (GK), Christensen, Tomori, Emerson.

The Chelsea player to watch…

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Pulisic could be one of Chelsea's biggest performers this coming campaign.

While the acquisition of Timo Werner has turned a few heads, American international Christian Pulisic will be hoping to build on the impact he made last season.

At just 21, the former Borussia Dortmund winger became the youngest player to net a hat-trick in Chelsea’s history when he put three past Burnley in October, as well as being the first player to score a perfect hat-trick for the Blues since Didier Drogba in 2010.

He arrived with quite a price tag – a record fee for an American at a rumoured £58 million – but proved he could do it in the big games as well. He scored in the Emirates FA Cup final as well as getting the first goal in the 2-1 win over Manchester City, a result that ended Pep Guardiola’s side’s hopes of retaining the title. It all contributed to him being on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Season.

Match officials…

Referee: Craig Pawson. Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin & Richard West. Fourth Official: Simon Hooper. Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Simon Beck