Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge. Here are five things we learned.
Sturridge injury a huge blow for West Brom
Daniel Sturridge was back at one of his old stomping grounds against Chelsea but his reunion was extremely short-lived. After just three minutes, Sturridge went off with a hamstring injury. Signing Sturridge on loan was seen as a coup for West Brom but his latest injury has come at a terrible time.
Hazard sparkles against the Baggies
Chelsea needed a win against West Brom and main man Eden Hazard delivered. He has scored more goals (7) versus West Brom than he has against any other team in the Premier League. Six of Hazard’s last eight shots on target have resulted in goals. He was awarded Man of the Match against West Brom after an excellent performance.
West Brom look down and out
The relegation battle is hard to call with teams changing positions each week. However, while other teams are finding form, West Brom are unable to do so. They have given a good account of themselves in most games but what they really need is three points.
Promising home debut from Giroud
Olivier Giroud made his first start for Chelsea and lasted an hour before being replaced by Alvaro Morata. He was a constant presence in the penalty area and caused West Brom endless problems. Giroud could have scored his first goal for the Blues with a first-half strike but West Brom keeper Ben Foster was equal to it. Giroud played a neat one-two win Eden Hazard for the Belgian’s first goal and generally had a good game.
Another clean sheet for Chelsea
Under Antonio Conte, Chelsea have won all four Premier League meetings against West Brom without conceding a single goal. Southampton and Stoke are the only other two teams that Conte has faced in his two seasons and got a 100% record against. If only Chelsea could play West Brom every week!