English Premier League match report West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea


Under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga dropped to the bench for Chelsea, with Willy Caballero preferred as Thiago Silva captained the side on his league debut while Tammy Abraham led the line up front.

The Blues succumbed four minutes from kick-off when Callum Robinson opened space on the left side of the area before rattling the bottom corner of Caballero’s goal.

Timo Werner should’ve brought the Blues level on 15 minutes after meeting a cross from the right, but tapped against the top of the crossbar instead while Abraham missed a sitter moments prior.

Silva’s debut turned for the worse 25 minutes in after conceding possession to Robinson, who went level with Caballero for a composed conversion for his and West Brom's second goal of the match.

West Brom struck again after three minutes when Kyle Bartley beat the offside trap to finish off a well-worked corner-kick for his first goal of the season.

The Blues looked for a turnaround after halftime and introduced Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson-Odoi in place of Marcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea began staging the comeback on 55 minutes after Mason Mount found the near corner following a speculative shot from the far side of the area, leaving Johnstone rooted.

The Baggies started to drop deep following the midway stage in the second half, and conceded a second 20 minutes from time when Hudson-Odoi finished off a quick one-two with Havertz.

After battling to hang onto their slender lead, the hosts surrendered in stoppage time when Abraham slotted home a loose ball from a corner with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) approving as it finished all square.