Last Updated at 11:43 am, April 18th 2011
And that's it! Chelsea's first-half display is enough to claim the three points as strikes from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Frank Lampard was enough to cancel out an early Peter Odemwingie opener. Torres came on for the visitors in the final stages and put the ball in the net, however his run was deemed offside as Chelsea dominated possession and held out for a comfortable 3-1 win.
Drogba comes off for Torres. Tchoyi comes on for the home side in place of Thomas.
Lampard comes off for Yossi Benayoun.
Scharner and Morrison come off for Jara and Morrison.
Ivanovic, who is struggling with a groin strain, makes way for Bosingwa.
Maryam says: "I hope WBA go to win and Chelsea just collapse, don't want Chelsea closing the gap. I am an Arsenal fan of course."
Kevin says: "This is the gulf between the top few clubs and the rest - as an Albion fan (watching in IOWA) we can't expect to make mistakes and compete with the top few clubs and today we made mistakes. I suspect that there's nothing Roy can do except plan to get the four points or so we need to guarantee survival - but we're not getting them this week!"
FMHVibe tweets: "Wow I never thought my beloved Chelsea would play like this again this season. Hopefully this will settle down rumours."
Chris says: "Looks like the Baggies are heading for their first defeat for some time, but we must remember that Chelsea paid more for one player (that cannot score), than the whole of what Baggies Team is worth (money wise) put together. So we are doing not bad anyway. I still think that Baggies will go on to score another goal."
From Frank... Lampard.... hmmm...: "Looks like Torres is gonna have to wait for his first one but the pressure is on Torres with the resurgence of the beast Drogba."
Cian says: "Chelsea have been comfortable, so there's no pressure. Ancelotti should bring Torres on to break the curse, although Drogba has been great, I think Torres needs a goal more. Come on Chelsea! 5-1 final score!"
Before the goals Amit emailed in to say: "As a Chelsea fan, not a particularly great midfield for us. Lampard and Essien have both contributed to weaknesses in our side and rarely push forward. Would have rather seen Zhrikov and Benayoun out there. Only time will tell! Up the Blues!" - I think he'll be happy with the scoreline now though!
Chris Lampard is happy with the score so far and also his namesake for getting on the scoresheet. He adds: "Chelsea's football has been brilliant to watch really easy on the eye. The only thing that's missing is a Torres goal which will happen in the second-half. We've completely outplayed them in every department c'mon the Blues!"
Here's some of the feedback we've been getting about the game so far, Jack says: "Those (i.e. Ancelotti and Abramovich) who think Drogba is finished should eat their hats! He is still the Top Drog!"
And that's it for the first-half! Peter Odemwingie put the hosts ahead with a smart finish. Drogba equalised after a poor Shorey clearance, Kalou slotted home for the second and Lampard made it three just before the half-time whistle. It's looking comfortable for the Blues so far, but it's all to play for in the second-half - stay with us folks! 3-1 Chelsea.
GOAL CHELSEA!!! Drogba starts the move in his own half as he takes the ball from Odemwingie, he slides it into Malouda down the left who lays it off to Lampard on the edge of the box. The Englishman side foots it first-time into the bottom corner. Good finish.
Meite goes into the book for a mis-timed tackle on Drogba. The free-kicks around 30 yards out down this left-hand side.
GOAL CHELSEA!!! Carson fluffs Drogba's long range effort and parries it straight into the feet of Kalou on the left who drills it into the far corner. That's his eighth of the season.
GOAL CHELSEA!!! And there's the equaliser from Drogba. Great play from Malouda who raced down the left flank and pulled the ball back, Carson couldn't get to it and Shorey's clearance is poor as it falls to the Ivory Coast man. He couldn't miss as he lashes home from close range.
GOAL WEST BROM!!! It's that man Odemwingie again! He's in top, top form and that finish just shows how confident he is. Great play from Mulumbu who laid it off to Morrison, the Scotsman found Thomas who put Odemwingie on his way and he dinked it over Cech. Game on!
Last one for now folks, I'll keep updating as and when the game gets underway. Lewis, aged 12, from Peterhead, says: "I am a Chelsea fan and I am confident about today. Even though we're without Ramires and Alex, we'll win comfortably. A 4-0 win for Chelsea, I think. Drogba to get two, Malouda and Torres to score. Come on the Blues!"
Rayhan's email reads: "Vital that Chelsea move on from their Champions League disappointment last week through a convincing win this afternoon. Team selection is decent. But was looking forward to watching Terry and Alex take the centre back positions and new sensation David Luiz at right back. Nevertheless, hoping Carlo brings on Torres and Benayoun in the second half. Those two link up very very well. Torres badly needs to score! 4-0 to Chelsea with Lampard, Drogba and Torres on the cards. Luiz might get one in as well! C'mon Chelsea!"
Reflecting on the Torres selection news, Anwar says: "Torres on the bench that's good he'll learn now that he has to score, I was hoping benayoun would start today, but we have Kalou to give us speed and skills and Luiz returns that's good."
Chris in Ireland says: "A great run of results for us so far under Roy Hodgson. This will be the hardest game so far under his rule, and would be happy with a point, but will go for a 2-1 win, with Peter O and Chris Brunt to score and Torres to break his duck and get a goal for Chelsea."
Steve says: "We have lacked goals recently and we desperately need some today to secure 3rd spot! I hope it will be a comfortable 2-0 Chelsea!"
Allister seems relaxed about today's encounter: "I predict a comfortable Chelsea win, maybe 5-1, as we no longer have any pressure on us. There will be no silverware arriving at the Bridge this year so the players owe the fans seven decent performances."
I'll break off from the exciting, or as Milner tweeted today 'exiting', facts to bring you some early feedback. Brave Red Devils fan David is already stirring things up by saying: "As a Man U supporter I want Chelsea to lose. I think Ancelotti will be gone soon and West Brom are a good team, I think they have a great chance today (and hopefully Man U will beat City today too)"
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