West Bromwich vs Chelsea | Preview | HEGAZI is BACK!

West Bromwich vs Chelsea | Preview | HEGAZI is BACK! West Bromwich Albion have another tough assignment in the Premier League this weekend as they welcome Chelsea to The...
Ahmed Hegazi
Photo: Ahmed Hegazi (Official Instagram account)

West Bromwich vs Chelsea | Preview | HEGAZI is BACK!

West Bromwich Albion have another tough assignment in the Premier League this weekend as they welcome Chelsea to The Hawthorns.

It’s been a tough start to life back in the top flight for the Baggies and boss Slaven Bilic as they continue their search for the first league win of the campaign. Meanwhile, it’s been an up and down beginning to the 2020/21 season for Frank Lampard’s Blues who head into this game looking to lay down a real marker concerning their title aspirations.

Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi could feature in his first Premier League game of the season when West Bromwich meet Chelsea on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring injury.

West Brom coach Slaven Bilic said on Friday Hegazi was over his hamstring problem, which kept him out of the team’s opening two games against Leicester City and Everton.

The towering 29-year-old defender is now back in training, Bilic added.

Hegazi made 16 Championship appearances last season and scored one goal to help West Brom earn promotion to the top flight.

All in all, Hegazi has played 103 matches with West Brom since joining in 2017, netting four goals and providing two assists.

Chelsea

It’s certainly been an inconsistent start for the Stamford Bridge after their summer splurge. The Blues kicked off their campaign by edging past Brighton & Hove Albion before falling to defeat at the hands of reining Premier League champions Liverpool. They put a marker down in their last match though by thumping Championship side Barsnley 6-0 in the Carabao Cup, with Kai Havertz helping himself to a hattrick.

That is just the first time that the Londoners have scored six or more goals in a game since a 7-1 success against Grimsby Town exactly a year ago today.

One aspect that Lampard and his team will be desperate to improve is their away record in the Premier League. In 2020, Chelsea have only managed to win three out of ten away league games, losing their last two before the win at Brighton on the opening day of the current campaign. That poor record included defeats at the hands of Newcastle United, West Ham United and Sheffield United.

After being withdrawn at half-time in the recent loss to Liverpool, Havertz is likely to start this match following his hat-trick in midweek. However, one man who will not be appearing is Andreas Christensen after his red card in the defeat to Reds. Recent signing Edouard Mendy is also unlikely to be in contention having not trained for some time. Meanwhile, Hakim Ziyech,

Christian Pulisic and Billy Gilmour all remain out.

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