Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion - MONDAY (12/02/2018) 9:00pm

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Antonio Conte is aiming to avoid losing three consecutive games for the first time in nine years as West Brom visit Chelsea on Monday Night

Chelsea were humbled 4-1 at Watford on Monday and head into the game with questions surrounding Conte's future at the club.

Olivier Giroud is in line for a first start since his Deadline Day move from Arsenal, but fellow arrival Emerson may have to wait for his debut, having started only one game all season due to injury.

Conte will be relieved to have an unblemished record in three meetings against the Baggies since he took over at Chelsea, winning all three of their previous games without conceding.

Their 4-0 victory at The Hawthorns in November was followed by the sacking of Tony Pulis two days later. However, West Brom's form has barely improved since then, and they have won the fewest (three) games of any side in the league.

West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the FA for alleged racial abuse of Gaetan Bong during West Brom's match against Brighton on January 13.

Rodriguez denies the allegations, and is available to face Chelsea if called upon.


Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the FA over alleged racial comments

Team news
Chelsea will be without suspended midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for Monday's Premier League meeting with West Brom.

The France international serves a one-game ban following his dismissal at Watford.



Striker Olivier Giroud could make his first start since moving from Arsenal, but centre-back Andreas Christensen (hamstring) faces a late fitness test and forward Alvaro Morata (back) remains sidelined.

Jay Rodriguez is available for selection for West Brom's trip to Chelsea on Monday despite being charged by the Football Association following his clash with Gaetan Bong.

The striker will still be picked by boss Alan Pardew despite being charged with alleged racial abuse of the Brighton defender, something the England international denies.

Jonny Evans (back), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Grzegorz Krychowiak (leg) are available but Jake Livermore (hamstring) James Morrison (Achilles) and Nacer Chadli (hip) are out.



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