Stamford Bridge, London, England
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FT: The result means that Chelsea move back to the top of the league on 37 points whilst West Brom remain in eighth on 20 points before the rest of the weekend’s games. The victory was Chelsea’s ninth consecutive victory to equal their best winning run since 2009.
FT: Chelsea were frustrated for lengthy periods in the game and were mostly restricted to strikes from-range. Luiz went close when his deflected freekick was palmed behind by Foster before Costa’s goal. Alonso and Fàbregas also had chances later on with efforts but Chelsea will be happy to get all three points against a compact and well-drilled defence.
FT: West Brom didn’t take their chances in the first-half and were made to rue their missed opportunities as they created very few opportunities in the second-half. Before Chelsea’s goal, the Baggies went close when a Phillips cross found Rondón but the striker just couldn’t get enough on the ball. Dawson also fired an effort off-target, however an error from McAuley was capitalised on by Costa, who curled home terrifically.
FT: So Chelsea have managed to break down a throughly disciplined and well-drilled West Brom side and break the deadlock to regain top-spot.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+3′ The corner is taken short but comes to nothing.
90’+2′ Costa wins a corner.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Robson-Kanu is caught offside.
88′ Matić receives a yellow card for timewasting.
87′ Chance!! Costa pulls the ball back to Fàbregas, whose effort on the slide is deflected wide although the referee awards a goalkick.
85′ Close!! A misplaced clearance from Dawson falls to Alonso, who fires an effort just over the bar.
84′ Dawson fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.
83′ Final West Brom change sees Brunt replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.
81′ Costa is caught offside.
80′ Costa wins a freekick.
79′ The delivery is cleared.
79′ Dawson wins a corner.
78′ Final Chelsea change sees Branislav Ivanović replace Hazard.
77′ Double West Brom substition sees Phillips and Morrison replaced by James McClean and Nacer Chadli.
76′ Goal!! Costa dispossesses McAuley deep into his own-half and surges forward before brilliantly curling home into top-corner.
75′ The corner falls to Alonso, but he just can’t get enough on the ball and Forster claims the loose ball.
74′ Azpilicueta wins a corner.
73′ Second Chelsea change sees Fàbregas replace Moses.
72′ Willian cuts-inside before firing wide.
70′ Play resumes.
69′ Slight delay in the match as Luiz has to receive treatment for a head injury.
68′ Matić fires an effort wide from-range.
64′ Chance!! A dangerous delivery from Phillips finds Rondón, who just can’t get enough on the ball and the ricochet off Alonso falls kindly to Courtois.
62′ First Chelsea change sees Pedro replaced by Willian.
60′ Close!! The freekick from Luiz takes a deflection off the wall and Foster is forced to palm the ball behind. However the referee somehow awards a goalkick.
59′ Dawson is penalised for a late foul on Costa and is lucky to escape a second yellow card. He concedes a freekick in dangerous position.
58′ Play resumes.
57′ Slight delay in the match as Evans is down with an injury, the defender is receiving treatment.
55′ Yacob is penalised for a cynical foul on Kanté and receives a yellow card.
53′ Rondón wins a freekick after a foul from Cahill.
52′ Yacob is penalised for a foul on Hazard.
52′ Hazard is penalised for a foul.
50′ The freekick comes to nothing as Luiz is caught just offside.
50′ Dawson receives a yellow card for a foul off the ball on Costa, who wins a freekick in a good position.
47′ Kanté receives a yellow card for a late foul on Dawson.
45′ Chelsea get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Chelsea open the scoring or will West Brom frustrate the Blues? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: West Brom will need to sustain their defensive work if they are to get at least a point from Stamford Bridge. If they are to get all three points they will need to give Rondón more service, the striker has done well to create some of his own chances and deal with Luiz.
HT: Chelsea haven’t got going against the Baggies, who have done well to get men behind the ball and deal with the Blues’ attacking threat. The Blues have lacked creativity and have delayed a number of passes to send Costa and Hazard through on-goal. Chelsea have Cesc Fàbregas on the bench and he may be summoned if things continue. The hosts have also looked a bit shaky in defence with Luiz finding it difficult to cope with Rondón.
HT: West Brom have had a number of decent chances. First Brunt headed an effort off-target at the near-post before he fired just wide from-range. Rondón also fired an effort inches wide of the far-post after getting the better of Luiz.
HT: The hosts have dominated the game but haven’t created many chances to threaten the West Brom goal. The closest they came was when a Kanté strike deflected just wide of the post. Luiz also went close with a freekick and Costa came within inches of connecting with a Pedro cross.
HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
44′ Costa is penalised for a foul on Yacob.
40′ Close!! Luiz’ dipping freekick is saved well by Foster.
39′ Pedro wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Yacob.
37′ Close!! The corner is taken short before Pedro’s eventual delivery just evades Costa under-pressure from Yacob.
36′ Alonso wins a corner after his cross is blocked behind by Dawson.
33′ Hazard cuts-inside to fire an effort that sails over the bar.
31′ Luiz fires the freekick wide from-range.
31′ Hazard is back on the pitch.
30′ Nyom is penalised for a foul on Pedro, who wins a freekick in a good position.
28′ McAuley receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Hazard. The Belgian is receiving treatment and will have to leave further treatment.
27′ Close!! A Kanté strike ricochets off Pedro and wrongfoots Foster before spinning inches wide of the post.
25′ Close!! Rondón gets the better of Luiz and fires an effort through the legs of Azpilicueta that drifts inches wide.
21′ Nyom is penalised for a foul on Moses.
19′ Hazard overhits the delivery and Foster claims.
19′ Costa wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Brunt, who receives a yellow card.
18′ Close!! Brunt gets the better of Alonso and Matić before firing an effort just wide from-range.
17′ Pedro wins a freekick.
15′ Chance!! Hazard and Costa exchange a nice one-two before Hazard’s cross-come-shot is saved well by Foster. The Belgian was caught in two minds.
15′ Rondón is caught offside.
14′ A cross-field pass from Hazard towards Pedro is claimed by Foster.
13′ Costa does well to beat his man and get to the byline but his cross is cleared.
8′ Phillips fires an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.
5′ Chance!! A Dawson cross is met by Brunt, who heads off-target.
4′ Chance!! A teasing delivery from Dawson is met by Rondón with a header that Courtois saves well but the flag was already up for offside.
2′ Luiz is penalised for a foul on Rondón.
0′ West Brom get the game underway.
Chelsea F.C.: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Gary Cahill, David Luiz, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Nemanja Matić, N’Golo Kanté, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro
West Bromwich Albion F.C.: Ben Foster (GK), Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson, Jonny Evans, Allan Nyom, James Morrison, Matt Phillips, Claudio Yacob, Chris Brunt, Darren Fletcher, Salomón Rondón