West Brom hoping to rely on good home record against Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion have a great recent home record against new Premier League champions Chelsea, having beaten them in two of their last three (losing none) meetings at The Hawthorns.
Tony Pulis’ Baggies, therefore, are tempting 3/1 chances with Coral for victory, which would also be the Blues’ first defeat in the top flight since New Year’s Day. West Brom, who are unbeaten in their last four, are 12/5 to get a draw, meanwhile.
But Chelsea are unstoppable of late, and they are a whopping 11 points above second-placed Manchester City with two games to go. They are also on course to reach 90 points this season (they are currently on 84), and are even-money favourites to triumph here.
Jose Mourinho knows all about Pulis and his record of never being relegated whilst in charge of a Premier League side, and had these words to say ahead of the clash: “If I own an English club, I sign Tony Pulis. It’s as simple as that – he’s a guarantee to achieve what the club wants.
“He has never managed a club that wants to be champion, never managed a club that wants top four, he is always managing clubs that want to survive and want stability,” he added.
“Tony is mathematics. His record is absolutely amazing.”
One person that does have a good record in matches between Chelsea and West Brom is Belgian star Eden Hazard, who has three against the Baggies. He has been one of the standout players this term for the champions so is a tempting 5/4 chance to score anytime and 7/1 for two or more.
There could also be a return for Brazilian-born Spain striker Diego Costa, who is an even-money anytime shout.
Two youngsters that cold be given a runout here at their former club are Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Isaiah Brown, who came through the Baggies’ academy. The are respective 11/2 and 7/4 chances to score.
Victor Anichebe, meanwhile, got a late equaliser in this fixture last season, so the frontman is 2/1 in the anytime market and 7/1 to strike last again. But Saido Berahino is the main man for the hosts, and he is 15/8 to net anytime.
In terms of injury news, Kurt Zouma, Oscar and Ramires all miss out, while Petr Cech is a doubt for the visitors. But West Brom have a fully fit side to pick from.
Betting tip – Hazard scores two or more