N’Golo Kante is set to return for Chelsea, as the Blues look to secure their fifth Premier League title when they take on West Brom tonight.
The French midfielder missed last Monday’s win over Middlesbrough with a thigh injury, which was later revealed to be precautionary and he is set to feature as the Blues go searching for the victory they require to clinch the title.
Antonio Conte’s side lead second-placed Spurs by seven points and need just three points from their three remaining games to be sure of silverware.
West Brom will be no pushovers however, with boss Tony Pulis vowing to put up strong opposition to the Blues title ambitions.
West Brom defender Jonny Evans is fit and ready to return to face the champions-elect after overcoming the ankle injury that forced him off in last week’s draw at Burnley.
Hal Robson-Kanu has recovered from a hamstring problem but Matt Phillips remains sidelined by a similar injury.
Chelsea have all their players available for tonights huge encounter, including the returning N’Golo Kante.
The PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year missed Monday’s win over Middlesbrough with a thigh strain.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
WILL THE BLUES LIFT THE TROPHY TONIGHT?
Chelsea need just one more victory to win the Premier League title, and it is likely to happen this evening. But will the Blues lift the trophy this evening should the expected happen?
The answer is no. There will be no Premier League trophy presentation at the Hawthorns on Friday even if Chelsea are confirmed as champions.
The Blues will instead have to wait until their final game of the season on May 21 against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge for the crowing ceremony to take place.
But that shouldn’t put a frown on the faces of the Chelsea faithful, with this decision extending the period of celebration’s rather than cutting them short.
Come on you Blues!
FOLLOWER SCORE PREDICTION
*Stats by BBC Sport
- West Brom lost at home to Chelsea for the first time in five games in the corresponding fixture last season (D1, L3).
- However, Chelsea’s only defeat in the last eight Premier League meetings came at The Hawthorns in May 2015, a 3-0 loss after they had already won the title.
- The Blues are vying to complete the double over West Brom for the first time in six seasons.
- There has not been a goalless draw in 89 top-flight encounters since March 1924.
- Albion have the worst record in the division since the start of April, earning just two points from six matches.
- They ended a club record run of five league games without a goal by drawing 2-2 at Burnley last weekend.
- West Brom have lost 1-0 in each of their last three games at The Hawthorns and could equal the club Premier League record of failing to score in four consecutive home matches, set from November 2004 to January 2005.
- The Baggies need five more points to eclipse the club’s highest tally of 49 in a Premier League season, set in 2012-13.
- Tony Pulis has only won six Premier League games out of 44 after his teams have reached 40 points. His highest points total in the division is 47, set with Stoke in 2010.
- A league-high 15 of West Brom’s goals this season have come from corners, accounting for 37% of their total scored.
- A Chelsea win would secure their fifth Premier League title in the last 13 seasons, a record only matched by Manchester United.
- Victory would also give them 42 points away from home this season, which would be the most by any side since Manchester United recorded the same total in 2012.
- The Blues can earn three successive Premier League clean sheets for the first time in 2017.
- They are the division’s highest scorers with 75 goals. They have only once scored more often in a Premier League season: 103 goals in 2009-10.
- Diego Costa has equalled his best return of 20 goals in a Premier League season, first set in 2014-15. He has scored in three of his five league appearances against West Brom.
- Antonio Conte would be only the fourth manager to lift the Premier League trophy in his first season in England, emulating Jose Mourinho in 2004-05, Carlo Ancelotti in 2009-10 and Manuel Pellegrini in 2013-14.
- John Terry could become the first player from outside of Manchester United to win the Premier League five times.