As Chelsea go 3 points clear at the top of the Premier League the Blues fans in The Tavern rock nervously on their bar stalls dreading a massive slip up at the weekend against West Brom.
Since the 0-3 loss at Arsenal on 24 September, leaving Chelsea languishing in 8th place, the Blues have looked like a different team.
Following that defeat, Chelsea have won 8 premier league games in a row, a feat last achieved under Jose Mourinho in the 2006/7 season.
The key to their rejuvenation has been Antonio Conte’s decision to change the formation to a 3-4-3 and having a consistent first XI.
Indeed, Chelsea have the lowest number of changes in the Premier League this season, making just eight alterations to the starting lineup over the entire campaign.
As the season enters the ‘tricky’ Christmas period the Blues fans in The Tavern are worried about potential threats to their title ambitions and West Brom are just that.
The Baggies are packed with power and creativity and are currently sitting in 7th place in the league.
In Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips, they have a real threat in the attacking third, the latter has had a hand in six goals in his last four games (3 goals, 3 assists) and is their key man.
This is a difficult game for Conte, they’ll need to win, and maybe win ugly, against a well organised and powerful Baggies side who are having a great start to the season.
With that in mind, these TWO players must start for Chelsea at the weekend in order for them to continue their fine form and beat the Baggies.
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