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Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Team news

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Striker Olivier Giroud makes his first Chelsea start since signing from Arsenal as Antonio Conte responds to last week's 4-1 hammering at Watford by making four changes.

    Cesc Fabregas returns to the midfield while Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are back in defence. Gary Cahill, Willian, David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was sent off at Vicarage Road, make way.

    Cesar Azpilicueta is captain.

    Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud.

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    Three changes for West Brom after last week's 3-2 home defeat by Southampton.

    Defender Jonny Evans returns from a back injury to skipper the side, while former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak are recalled.

    The players making way are Gareth McAuley, Allan Nyom and Claudio Yacob.

    Daniel Sturridge starts against his former club.

    West Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt, Sturridge, Rondon.

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  2. 'Fresh' hamstring, fresh quiff

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Olivier Giroud

    One thing that irks me about the modern-day pro is their hairstyles. It's not that they are well groomed, it's that the hair is never out of place. Take Giroud as an example, or maybe look at Liverpool's Emre Can. How can men play a game and remain in this slick-looking state?

    It's just not on.

    Anyway, here's what Giroud has had to say about his place in the starting line-up:

    "My qualities you know," he told Sky Sports. "The coach told me that I am in and he explained what he expected from me. We worked a lot tactically in training so I am ready and finished with the hamstring injury. I'm fresh and really want to play."

  3. Breaking team news - Giroud starts

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Olivier Giroud makes his first Chelsea start as they make four changes, one of which is captain Gary Cahill dropping to the bench.

    Daniel Sturridge starts against his former club for West Brom who make three changes, with Jonny Evans back from injury to captain the side.

  4. Tune in now...

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As the lights go out in the sky, Stamford Bridge shines more and more like a beacon.

    You can take the action in tonight via the team on BBC Radio 5 live and their coverage is kicking off now. You can click play at the top of this page to listen.

    Is it worth your time? Of course it is. West Brom are on a dire run (more on that shortly) but if they score first here, you can imagine the unease which will sweep this patch of expensive postcode. You'll be able to hear the unease through your earphones I promise.

    Stamford Bridge
  5. 'Odd recruitment'

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland winger on Football Focus

    When you look at Chelsea last year - it was a very settled side - and they didn't have Champions League football, of course. Now they look all over the place, Antonio Conte doesn't seem to know what his best side is, and their recruitment over the summer was odd.

    Tiemoue Bakayoko has been a real disappointment for them, he doesn't have the class of Nemanja Matic in the middle, and he hasn't supported N'Golo Kante enough for me.

    No Bakayoko tonight of course Kev - he's suspended for being a naughty boy.

  6. 'I am a disaster'

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Giroud and Barkley

    It is maybe harsh to state Chelsea are in crisis mode. They are after all still very much in the top-four hunt. But you just get the sense that something is brewing do you not?

    And is Antonio Conte's latest hit in the media a swipe at the club's bosses?

    The 48-year-old Italian says he needs to be more persuasive and feels he's been a "bit of a disaster" in the transfer market.

    "I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good at persuading their clubs to spend money to buy top players," he said.

    "I think I'm a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy players. I think in this aspect I can improve a lot.

    "I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect."

    Is this a bit rich? Conte signed Olivier Giroud, Emerson Palmieri and Ross Barkley in January. He's hardly operating on a 1920s budget.

  7. Get Involved - VOTE NOW

    Conte's future...

    You will see that on the side of this page - or at the top on a tab if you're on mobile - you can now vote on what you think the future holds for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

    Gone by the end of the season? Gone in the summer? Gone next season? Or a Premier League winner against next season?

    Vote now and you can do so until 20:45 GMT.

  8. Get Involved

    Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111

    Antonio Conte

    All this talk of pressure on the shoulders of Antonio Conte, I wondered what you guys thought of the man?

    Like him? Not fussed? Would he be a miss for the Premier League?

    Please let me know on #bbcfootball or text 81111.

    In addition, we have a vote on Conte coming in the next post.

  9. So let's do this...

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew

    So there we have it, something of a knife-edge game you feel.

    One manager on the brink facing off against a team on the brink. Not bad for a Monday night. I will run through all the team news, the stats, the tweets, the texts, the quotes and the talking points over the coming hours.

    Chat to me, you know where I am - #bbcfootball.

    Stamford Bridge
  10. When 21 is the same but different...

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Ben Foster

    That is a remarkable statistic.

    West Brom have won once since 19 August in the Premier League.

    Goals have been a major problem as with 21, the only side with fewer in the top tier is Swansea.

    But that said, Burnley have just 21 to their name and life is well or them.

    That's bent my brain a bit.

    They need to get it right and get it right quickly.

  11. Danger zone...

    Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

    Gary Cahill and a Banana skin

    That's right, West Brom arrive here as the banana skin which could send Antonio Conte, Gary Cahill, Roman Abramovich and the rest of Chelsea's hierarchy into a tailspin.

    The Baggies come in with back-to-back defeats of their own and an ever-widening margin appearing to the promised land of Premier League safety.

    One way or the other tonight, one of these sides are in a world of trouble by 22:00 GMT.

  12. Feel the strain

    Welcome

    When you've had back-to-back defeats and the vultures are circling, there's something bitter sweet about welcoming the league's bottom club to your home.

    An easy way to get back on track? Or a disaster waiting to happen - one which could bring this sorry mess to its knees.

    Conte