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On Saturday, Chelsea play host to West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge and will be looking to keep hold of fourth spot in the English Premier League, which has now come under threat.
Following his side's 2-0 victory agaisnt Middlesbrough in the FA Cup Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has all but accepted his departure following this season, but expressed his belief that he can still lead his team in the quest for trophies.
Recent meetings with Steve Clarke's squad have proven unfruitful, but history may be on the Blues' side given that West Brom has not won at Stamford Bridge since 1978.
Benitez will have to contend with the absences of Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta, who also missed the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough. John Terry is set to continue his time on the bench as he recovers from a knee injury that he suffered in December.
Tensions have been steadily rising in the Chelsea locker room due to a recent poor spell that saw the Blues only manage to win twice in the last six league matches, in addition to putting a top four finish in question.
Chelsea is coming off a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in which they gave an uninspired performance which caused them fall 19 points off the lead.
West Brom is still in contention for a top four finish and a full three points will pull the club within five of the fourth spot, but will have to accomplish this feat without a full squad.
On-loan Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to play against Chelsea and fellow striker Shane Long is a doubt after suffering an ankle injury against Sunderland.
Left back Goran Popov is also unavailable as he continues to serve a three game ban for the red card he received against Tottenham.
Kick-off for the match is at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be watched online here.