Last Updated: 11/02/14 10:02pm
West Brom 1 Chelsea 1. The hosts hold on and move back out of the drop zone, while the Blues edge two points clear at the summit.
Foster in no hurry to give the ball to Chelsea. He doesn't believe it should be a corner. Set-piece is touched up into the air, and than gathered by Foster.
Seconds ticking away now. Home supporters calling for the final whistle. This could be a big point for them. They have to hold out though as Willian sees a shot deflect behind for a corner.
Anichebe with blistering pace to get beyond Cahill. Chelsea man does well to get back, tighten the angle and block behind for a corner. McAuley can't connect with the set-piece.
Free-kick to West Brom near halfway. Ridgewell goes long. Anichebe nods down to Vydra, but the ball won't sit for him and he slices up in the air.
Ivanovic decides to try his luck from a long way out. His luck isn't in as he slices well wide of the target. He had options to aim at in the middle.
Tempers fraying now. Azpilicueta not happy with how long it is taking West Brom to deal with an injured player. Morrison down again in the middle of the park.
Berahino involved again, cutting the ball back to the edge of the box. Brunt controls on his chest, but then bends the ball over the crossbar.
Chelsea with a poor clearance to the edge of their box. Berahino there, but gets caught in two minds and neither shoots nor crosses. Chelsea rocking as Torres concedes a free-kick on halfway.
Anichebe was booked for his celebration. Mourinho looking even more disgruntled now. He won't be happy with the defending, or Cech coming flying out.
GOAL WEST BROM - ANICHEBE. The hosts get their reward. Berahino pulls out to the left and bends over a dangerous delivery. Anichebe gets in front of Luiz and glances in off the post.
Cahill looks like he is going to try and run his knock off. Chelsea ready to introduce Lampard as their final change. Cahill back with us as West Brom ready to take a throw on their right.
Cahill still receiving treatment. He gets back to his feet, but hobbles to the side of the field. Home supporters not happy about how long that process takes.
Mourinho doesn't look too impressed on the touchline. His side have been far from their best this evening, but they are winning and that is, I suppose, all that matters.
Chelsea wall takes a long time to retreat 10 yards. Brunt whips the ball dangerously towards the back post. Dawson tries to get something on it, but Cech can gather. Cahill down now holding his leg.
Reid floats the ball towards McAuley. The ball bobbles around the edge of the Chelsea box, with Luiz tugging at Anichebe again. Matic then concedes another free-kick in a dangerous area.
Luiz next into the book. He tries to get in front of Anichebe, fails and ends up having to tug the West Brom striker back. Free-kick to the hosts 35 yards out, right of centre.
Morrison with another direct burst which forces a corner. He is struggling with cramp. Brunt delivers the set-piece into the six-yard box. Dawson rises highest, but glances high and wide. Another chance goes begging.
Chelsea also making a change, their second of the night, with Oscar making way for Mikel. Mourinho looking to tighten things up in the middle of the park.
West Brom send on Vydra in place of Thievy in their final change. His first involvement sees him watch a very ambitious effort from Luiz sail harmlessly into the stands.
Ivanovic was booked for getting in the face of an assistant - not happy with a decision which went against him. Back in the present and Torres wins a free-kick 35 yards from goal, dead centre.
Another clear sight of goal for West Brom and Brunt, this time on his left foot. The ball comes a long way and bounces in front of him, but he will be disappointed to drill a volley across goal and wide of the target.
Brunt whips the corner over, and it drops at the back post. Thievy drills hopefully across the face of goal, and the ball flicks behind for another corner - it only needed a touch in the middle. Second corner seen out, but returned to Brunt. He delivers again and Chelsea are rocking for a moment, before hacking clear.
Torres unable to find a way past McAuley, who sends Berahino on his way down the left. Ivanovic and Matic come to meet him, but can only concede a corner. Smart play by the Baggies frontman.
West Brom ready to send on another attacker, in the form of Anichebe. As expected Amalfitano is the man to make way.
Foster drills long down field, onto the head of Ivanovic. West Brom find the feet of Thievy, who goes left to Morrison. Thievy then gets involved again, and rolls into the path of Morrison. He gets away from Matic, but lifts a shot from 15 yards out over the top.
West Brom caught short at the back, with Hazard sprung into acres of space. He is very wide and has to check his run once reaching the by-line. Chelsea probe inside the box, but Willian ends up firing down the throat of Foster. Could have been more.
Morrison into Amalfitano, who is now back on the right. He has Reid in support, but he is edged backwards by Azpilicueta. West Brom have to go the other way, and Brunt ends up putting in an air shot from 12 yards out.
Eto'o's final touch as he becomes the man to make way for Torres. Spaniard making his 100th Premier League appearance for Chelsea. Eto'o takes forever to make his way from the field.
Late call from the officials, but West Brom win a free-kick just inside their own half. Movement on the Chelsea bench, with Torres being readied for action. On the field. Hazard beats the offside trap, feeds Eto'o, who slices horribly wide from a tight angle.
Willian goes into the book. He clattered into Dawson as the West Brom defender came across to bundle the ball out for a throw. Again, not much in it but a card has been shown.
Willian down, but the decision has gone against him. He was tussling with Ridgewell. Looked 50-50, but the Baggies get the call. Free-kick is helped on by McAuley, but Cech steps off his line to dive on the loose ball.
West Brom able to force a corner off Ivanovic. Brunt's corner is swung out to McAuley on the penalty spot. He nods into the ground, wide of the target and behind for a goal kick.
Sloppy touch again from Amalfitano, he must be on borrowed time. West Brom now looking to provide more of a threat. Mulumbu's first touch sees him find Berahino, but he has to turn away from goal.
Yacob won't be able to continue. West Brom had called Mulumbu back from his warm-up anyway, but he still isn't ready to take to the field. West Brom down to 10, but only for a matter of seconds as Mulumbu is now ready to join us.
Brunt has Thievy moving off him down the right of the box. He is confronted by three defenders and is unable to power his way into a shooting position. Yacob down holding his hamstring.
Ridgewell trips Willian on halfway, after Amalfitano gave the ball away and then stood and watched Chelsea run away with it. Crossed wires between Ramies and Eto'o on the edge of the area.
Matic into Hazard, but again Morrison is breathing down his neck. West Brom can't get the ball to stick in the final third, so it keeps coming back at them.
Reid has to go back to his keeper. Foster takes a touch with Eto'o closing in and has to drill the ball out for a throw. Chelsea pressure had the hosts firmly pegged inside their own box.
Hazard crowded out in midfield. West Brom look for Amalfitano drifting inside off his flank, but Chelsea gather possession and counter. Willian allowed to carry the ball a long way before stinging the fingertips of Foster from 20 yards out.
Chelsea play their way out, with Willian popping up on the left. Hazard can then spread right to Oscar. He darts towards the by-line, forcing him too wide for a shot. He tries to cross, but the ball sits up in front of him and he slices behind for a goal kick.
Chelsea knocking the ball around inside their own half. They seem to be lacking in ideas. West Brom are sat deep, which isn't helping their cause, but it's up to them to force the issue. One goal isn't game over.
Willian cuts across the edge of the box and looks to pull the trigger, His snap shot is blocked by Ridgewell. Cahill prevents Berahino from racing away on the break. He's been very solid tonight.
Ramires asks far too much of Oscar with a pass slid down the middle of the field. West Brom work the ball back to Foster. Slight lull in proceedings at the moment.
Reid floats the ball forward, but Cahill climbs highest. Willian leads a Chelsea charge. He knocks the ball too far in front of him and ends up catching Ridgewell as he tries to catch up with it.
McAuley forced back towards his own goal, with Hazard at his back. He has no option but to put the ball out for a throw. Chelsea make nothing of the throw and Azpilicueta ends up tugging at the shirt of Thievy.
Morrison trips Ramires. He isn't happy with the decision, but the tackle came in from behind. He won the ball, but only after nudging Ramires out of the way.
Ivanovic tries to steal a few yards from a throw. He then goes on the deck to Willian, He slides a pass down the channel for Eto'o. He shoots first time, but sees his effort beaten away by Foster. As he chases to win the ball back, he hacks down Yacob and is cautioned.
Another terrible pass, with Morrison this time firing a pass out of play. No chance for Amalfitano to control the ball. He is soon on the ball though and slips through to Berahino. He feels he is blocked by Luiz, but is waved back to his feet.
Both sides sloppy in possession in the middle of the park. Amalfitano plays a simple pass intended for Thievy out for a throw. Mel on the touchline barking out instructions.
Ridgewell punts forward. Cahill clears, but only as far as Morrison. Amalfitano makes good ground down the left, and can eventually cross. Cahill there again for Chelsea.
No changes at the interval by either side. Chelsea immediately onto the front foot, with Eto'o pressuring McAuley into conceding a throw by the corner flag. Yacob can then only half clear to the edge of the box, where Oscar flashes a volley wide of the target.
Chelsea, having kept the home side waiting out on the field for a minute or so, get the second half under way.
Connor Salter says: "Slow start to the game for Chelsea, but hopefully that goal will start to spur them on and make a better point advantage on top, well done to Ivanovic for scoring proving to be an asset for the blues."
Dan says: "Chelsea will of course have learnt from the mistakes over West Brom last time around! Also not putting the west ham game to bed with a win will stir Mourinho's men to make sure they see it out. 3-0 for me!"
Scott Cathro says: "I can see Chelsea pressing on and scoring another 2 or 3. As a Chelsea fan, West Brom have been good, and held their own well, until the goal. The goal will help open the game up, come on the blues!"
Noh Velocity says: "West Brom are looking a stronger team, creating chances, keeping possession and Hazard is quiet Boing Boing Baggies."
Neil Cheesman says: "Chelsea need to have one player of the 'holding two' who can link defence with attack... and can pass the ball... Ramires and Matic doesn't work.... need to get Lampard on and Ramires off.. and get Torres on for Eto'o."
Kevin Dineen says: "With the goal, I can see Chelsea pushing for a second for the first 25 or so minutes then trying to stroke it around and earn a typical 1-0 draw under the Special One. If it gets to 2-0, game over."
Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. West Brom now 20/1 to take the spoils, with Chelsea 1/7 and the draw 5/1. You can get 6/1 on the Blues running out 3-0 winners.
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West Brom 0 Chelsea 1. Advantage to the visitors at the interval. It hasn't been great so far, but the goal should help to open things up.
GOAL CHELSEA - IVANOVIC. West Brom switch off right on the stroke of half-time. Willian sends a corner to the near post, where it is touched on by Luiz. Ivanovic escapes his marker and turns home from close range.
Foster sends a clearance straight out for a throw near halfway. Last chance for Chelsea to do something in first half. Ivanovic crosses low from the right, but scuffs along the ground. Eto'o gathers and forces another corner.
Cahill again battling to get on the end of a Willian corner, but fails. Hazard tries to weave his way down the left, but can only hook a cross into the arms of Foster.
Brunt dinks forward over halfway, but only to Ivanovic. Morrison then snaps into a challenge on Ramires. Chelsea able to keep hold of the ball without getting anywhere. Ivanovic crosses from deep, and Dawson slices out. The ball is returned to the box and McAuley glances behind.
Ivanovic in a lot of space on the right, and touches into Ramires. He drills over a cross which Eto'o has a swing at six yards out, but doesn't make clean contact. Dangerous delivery which deserved more.
Eto'o chests into Oscar, before getting the ball back. Reid cuts out a pass intended for Hazard. Berahino and Thievy looking to cause problems on the break, but Cahill and Luiz have them covered.
Hazard takes the free-kick himself. He opts to go low, and drills straight into the wall. Wasted. The loose ball breaks out to Willian. He takes a touch to set himself, then sends a dipping volley over the top of the crossbar.
Ridgewell pushing on for the Baggies. He has no support and settles for a throw. West Brom give the ball away sloppily. Hazard moving down the left again now. He is tripped by Amalfitano, who is cautioned. Free-kick wide on the left for Chelsea.
Hazard chases a ball lofted over the top. He finds Oscar, who can cut back to the edge of the box for Ramires. His shot flicks behind for a corner. Willian delivers again. Cahill trying to get something on the ball, but nods into the ground and loops the ball into the hands of Foster.
Ivanovic trying to get something going, but Yacob toes the ball out for a throw. Chelsea still lacking that spark. West Brom containing them really well. Job done for them so far as they have looked lively on the counter at times.
Azpilicueta requires two attempts at knocking the ball back to Cech. He goes long, where Ivanovic flicks down the right flank. Ramires still hobbling, but is now back on the field. No sympathy from the home support.
Still waiting on Ramires. Luiz comes across to have a word with his countryman. Appears to have worked as Ramires gets back to his feet. He is helped from the field and doesn't look to be in a good way.
Clash of knees the problem for Ramires. He's still down at the moment. Physio on and Lampard sent out to warm up.
Willian goes short this time to Hazard. He gets the ball back, but West Brom can get out to him and Morrison blocks the attempted cross. Thievy looking to counter, but takes Ramires' legs out from under him as he tries to pick his pocket. Brazilian stays down.
Referee having a word with Matic and Ridgewell. Corner finally taken by Willian. Luiz goes to the near post, but flicks out to the edge of the box. Chelsea still on the ball. Oscar feeds over a low cross, which McAuley slices behind for another corner.
Willian teases Reid, before laying off to Ramies. A looping cross is misjudged by Foster, who dives forward but gets nothing on the ball. No Chelsea play waiting behind him. Visitors probe again and Dawson slides the ball out for a corner.
Yacob down the right for Berahino. He slips under Matic, but then produces a poor centre. Ramires cuts the ball out, and is then felled on his way forward.
Matic wide to Ivanovic. His cross is blocked by Brunt - the first man. Not happening for Chelsea at the moment in the final third. They look comfortable on the ball, but are lacking that creative spark - which they shouldn't be given who is on the field.
West Brom now seeing more of the ball. Wasteful from Brunt though as he fires down the middle of the field and all the way through to Cech. Chelsea start again from the back.
Brunt wide to Ridgewell, but too much on the pass and the Baggies full-back slips and knocks the ball out of play as he tries to gather near the corner flag.
Amalfitano skips away from Azpilicueta. He swings a cross to the back post for Berahino. He nods down into the path of Thievy. He opts against a first time shot and tees up Brunt. He drills low and wide of the target from 12 yards out.
Willian comes as close as anyone to finding a breakthrough. He works a yard of space 20 yards out, but drills narrowly wide of the angle.
Willian tries a clever flick on the edge of the box, but West Brom have bodies around Eto'o. Chelsea try again down their right. Hazard worked into space, and flashes a low cross along the edge of the six-yard box. No-one has gambled for the visitors.
Brunt can't quite find the feet of Morrison as he darts forward. Azpilicueta gifts the ball back to the hosts. They also give it away and Hazard shows good strength to win a free-kick off Yacob.
Matic bundles through the back of Morrison on halfway. Free-kick to West Brom. Ridgewell floats the ball forward to the edge of the box. Luiz muscles McAuley out, but concedes a throw.
Willian delivers again. Cahill can't get on the end of the delivery. Great hold up play by Thievy, who then runs away from Ramires. He keeps possession by going back to Ridgewell. Warm round of applause from the home support.
Willian frees Ivanovic, who in turn finds Hazard. No room to work in, but Eto'o suddenly finds some on the by-line. He centres, and Ivanovic is furthest forward. Yacob has to bundle the ball behind.
Berahino with a flick into the box for Thievy to chase. Cech alert to the danger and races off his line to gather on the slide. Cahill had Thievy's run well covered anyway.
Chelsea seeing a lot of the ball. They keep giving it away though, with Willian playing a pass easily cut out by Reid. Eto'o then strays offside. Mourinho out onto the touchline.
Another wayward pass looped over the top for no-one by Chelsea. Matic the culprit on this occasion. Eto'o has the pace to get in behind, but West Brom aren't leaving him much to work in. They are now on the front foot themselves.
Oscar dropping very deep to get involved. Azpilicueta then picks out the head of Eto'o, but is unable to nod down for Willian. West Brom doing really well to chase down second balls.
Ridgewell gives the ball away. A few groans in the stands. West Brom have been lively but haven't been able to piece much together. They have been industrious, little more so far.
Brunt slides in Thievy down the left wing. He has Berahino in support and attempts to cut the ball back in his direction. Too obvious and Chelsea see the danger out. They attack through Ivanovic. He finds Oscar, but his touch around Ridgewell is far too heavy and runs out for a goal kick.
Luiz with another raking pass down field. Far too much on this one and it runs through to Foster. He then goes long, but West Brom lack a target man and Berahino ends up chasing a lost cause. Matic leads a Chelsea counter, but the move comes to nothing.
Chelsea play along their back line. No urgency at the moment. Visitors are prepared to be patient and wait for gaps to open up. West Brom trying to stop that from happening. Doing okay so far.
Thievy tugged by Matic. West Brom look to take the free-kick quickly, with Chelsea napping. Berahino breaks in behind Luiz, but moves too soon and the flag goes up. Referee having a word with Amalfitano, must have been something he said.
Chelsea win a throw deep inside the West Brom half. Willian then lays in Eto'o, who turns back to Oscar. He fires the ball across the face of goal, but Dawson is able to stick out a leg and clear.
Willian takes the set-piece. Cahill looking to get to the front post, but is outnumbered. West Brom able to clear their lines. Cahill feels he was pushed, but gets nothing.
Matic tripped by Thievy in midfield. Chelsea take another free-kick quickly. Eto'o found in the box, but he is moving away from goal and has to play backwards. Hazard looks to burst through, and forces the first corner of the game off Yacob.
Luiz strolls out from the back. He then lobs the ball forward again. Oscar can't get a touch, but Foster has to come out of his area to clear on the volley. Not the best clearance, but Ivanovic's efforts to return the ball into an unguarded net are even worse. He slices high, wide and not very handsome.
Thievy a willing runner up top for the hosts, but smart defending from Cahill sees him spin away from the Baggies frontman. Willian on the deck again, and this time he was tripped by Amalfitano. Free-kick taken quickly and Hazard feeds a low pass into the box. Eto'o can't get on the end of it.
Hazard runs the ball out for Chelsea. Ranires then finds Willian. He is bundled over by Yacob, but is waved back to his feet. Amalfitano then squanders possession cheaply again.
Hazard has already swapped flanks with Willian. From the right, he feeds the ball into Ramires. He has Willian bursting past him on the edge of the box, but a slide-rule pass has too much on it. At the other end, Berahino spins into space but sees his cross cut out by Luiz.
Hazard feeds Ivanovic, who is well forward on the Chelsea right. His low, drilled cross is cut out. West Brom look to play their way out, but Amalfitano is caught in possession. Chelsea force a throw.
Very tight in midfield at the moment. Chelsea work the ball into the feet of Willian, but he can't move it on to Eto'o. Back with Foster, who drills long. Azpilicueta nods out for a throw on halfway.
Chelsea looking to play their way out from the back. West Brom happy to sit off them. They start pressing on halfway. Luiz looks left and Ridgewell is fortunate to get away with an under-hit back-pass which had Eto'o interested for a second.
Thievy wide to Amalfitano. Dangerous delivery which Ivanovic has to come across into the middle to deal with and nod out for a throw. Neat passing from the Baggies early doors. Thievy roaming across the front line for the hosts.
Hazard onto the ball early, but decides to play backwards and keep possession. Luiz happy to go long, but is unable to pick out the head of Eto'o and the ball runs through to Foster.
Players out onto the field. Chelsea team all wearing tracksuit tops before we begin, West Brom all match ready - and plenty in short sleeves as well!
The teams are in the tunnel so we will have to leave the feedback there for now. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle. Games faces on!
I wondered how long it would be before a certain creature was mentioned, and Brett Barrs is the man to deliver: "Mourinho's little horse can jump 4 points clear tonight!! 2-0 Chelsea! Hazard and Samuel."
Snow still falling at The Hawthorns, but it isn't settling on the pitch. Proper midweek winter football weather! This is the kind of game in which Chelsea could put down a real marker - and did so regularly during Mourinho's first spell in charge.
Marco Raj, tuning in from Canada, says: "Baggies made a huge mistake leaving Vydra and Dorrans on the beach. However, I still believe they can steal a point from this game, hopefully. We need to keep up. 2-2 Thriller!!!"
Peter Cafolla says: "I was hoping Jose would rest a few players tonight and play his strongest side v City on Saturday, another win against them would damage their psyche."
It's now snowing at The Hawthorns. Shouldn't really alter anything, but shows how cold it is in the Midlands tonight!
And for Kristina Yianni: "Chelsea all the way! Hazard is a force of nature right now, I can see a comfortable 3-0, with a brace from Eden!"
Blue is the colour for Muktesh: "The Hawthorns has always been a tough place for us but our recent form should see us through 1-2 with Hazard and Oscar, come on you blues!"
Half-an-hour until kick-off at The Hawthorns, with Chelsea now also going through their warm-ups, keep your pre-match thoughts coming in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.
West Brom players first out on to the pitch. It's a chilly night in the Midlands but neither side can have any complaints about the conditions. Expect both to get the ball on the deck and play the right way.
Igli Kojku is another going for a comfortable away win, saying: "It will be a good game, but because of Chelsea's form and particularly Eden Hazard, who for me is currently one of the best in the world, Chelsea should be challenging to win every game they can. I see a 2-0 win, with Eden to grab a goal and set up Eto'o."
Dom Lockyer says: "Chelsea to win 3-2. Providing Eto'o steps up. Can't keep relying on Hazard. WBA will dig deep. David Luiz at CB is worrying."
Ben Drew, a Chelsea fan, says: "Optimistic that we can get a much needed victory to remain top. If we start quickly we should get 2-3 and as long as we start quickly this shouldn't be too difficult. 2-0, with Oscar and Eto'o bagging the goals. Enjoy the game."
Kieran sees a Samba star shining tonight. He says: "Last week was the Hazard show, but tonight it's going to be the Oscar show!"
Alex is a Manchester City fan looking for a favour. He says: "I really hope the Baggies can pull off a shock result or at least get a draw. With Chelsea's form recently though I see them winning comfortably."
Daniel Horan another going with a popular scoreline, saying: "Think Chelsea will grab all 3 points tonight, prediction 3-1 to the blues! with Hazard and Oscar to grab the goals! Come on you blues!"
Neil Cheesman says: "As a Chelsea fan.. the ONE thing I don't like with Jose's team rotation is that player's don't get into a run of form and don't build that extra stamina by playing regularly... I am sure Lampard would benefit from playing more often...."
Keith Murray agrees, saying: "This again could be a tricky game for Chelsea tonight. Not seen either team lineups but the Baggies are fighting to stay up, so I think Chelsea will have to be on their guard tonight. Hope the Blues win 3-1."
Cian Hughes is quickest out of the blocks, saying: "West Brom aren't that bad at home, but I think Chelsea will win 3-0."
Chelsea team: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Torres.
West Brom team: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Amalfitano, Morrison, Brunt, Thievy, Berahino. Subs: Myhill, Mulumbu, Lugano, Dorrans, Gera, Anichebe, Vydra.
You can also bet in-play throughout the evening at Skybet.com. West Brom start as outsiders at 6/1, with Chelsea 4/9 and the draw 7/2. You can get both teams to score in the first half at 9/2.
Can West Brom spring a surprise or will Chelsea edge clear at the summit? Who will be the stars of the show? Let me know your thoughts.
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There are no such troubles for the Blues to contend with at present, with Jose Mourinho having guided his side to the top of the table on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run in the league which has brought eight wins.
The Baggies go into the game having dropped into the relegation zone over the weekend, with a win of no win in five leaving them in trouble and still looking for their first success under new boss Pepe Mel.