COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Chelsea attacker Willian should start against West Brom at the expense of Pedro after his performance against Manchester City.
The 28-year-old made a remarkable impact in the second-half with a well-taken goal and helped his side turn around a one-goal deficit to win 3-1 at the Etihad.
The Blues manager Antonio Conte should make just one change to his starting line up, with Willian replacing the unfortunate Pedro in the right wing position.
Pedro, 29, has been in brilliant form for Chelsea recently and was just unable to make an impact against Man City, but should play some role at the weekend off the bench.
The one change means that Nemanja Matic is not recalled to the starting XI despite his return from illness, with Cesc Fabregas’ display against Man City meaning he should retain his place.
Chelsea should be looking to be on the front foot against West Brom at Stamford Bridge and Fabregas offers a greater attacking threat and creativity.
Chelsea’s backline should remain the same as Thibaut Courtois is seemingly back to his best and made some smart saves against Man City.
Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill make up the three-man defence and will be looking for seventh clean sheet in nine league games at the weekend.
Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso should continue in the wing-back positions, with Fabregas and N’Golo Kante completing the midfield.
Eden Hazard and Willian should play in the attacking positions, with both players having the licence to drift inside and trouble teams.
Willian was Chelsea’s standout player last season and should be given the chance in the staring XI, but there is a fascinating battle developing between him and Pedro for the spot.
Diego Costa is the obvious choice to spearhead the attack and the lethal striker has scored 11 goals in just 16 appearances this season across all competitions.
In other Chelsea team news, Ruud Gullit has delivered his verdict on the club’s defence.