Chelsea vs. West Bromwich / Premier League – The last match in the 27th English Premiership, brings us two teams that were defeated in the previous two rounds, but this has brought the drop to only one place lower to the current champion Chelsea and they are now fourth, while West Bromwich is still at the very bottom of the table. We should also add that the last three of their duels in the Premier League ended with the victory of the “Blues” from London. Begins: 12.02.2018. – 21:00 CET
But that does not mean much to coach Contea’s players before this next match with the guests from Birmingham because they are welcoming it in a very bad mood after two consecutive defeats in the championship. Namely, the current English champions were totally unexpectedly defeated by Bournemouth 3-0 at the end of January, after which they last weekend played a desperate match against Watford as guests and lost with 4-1.
All in all, however, this was greatly affected by midfielder Bakayok's suspension in the 30th minute of the match, but before that coach Contea’s players looked very bad on the field, so they need to change a lot of things in the rest of the season if they want to keep one of the positions that lead to the Champions League. We would like to say that in addition to the suspended Bakayok, the injured center-back Christensen, defender Alonso, midfielder Barkley, and strikers Morata and Pedro will also miss this duel with West Bromwich.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger – Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson – Willian, Hazard – Giroud
We have already said for the guests from Birmingham that they are welcoming this match with the current English champions after two defeats, while no one expected that they would win points when they played in Manchester against City, but they certainly expected points in a duel with Southampton, but at the end they were defeated with 3-2. Thus, the last West Bromwich remained at four points behind the trio, which is from the 17th to the 19th place, which means that they will struggle for survival by the end of the championship.
That is why coach Pardew's players should now against the favoured Chelsea play much more courageously and without too much respect because they have nothing to lose at all, while on the other hand they can get very much. Otherwise, a positive thing for them is the announced return of the recovered Evans, defender Gibbs and midfielder Krychowiak, while midfielders Livermore and Morrison, and strikers Chadli and Robson-Cano continue to be injured.
Probable lineups West Bromwich: Foster – Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs – Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Brunt – Sturridge, Rodriguez
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich PICK
It is quite clear that the current Chelsea champion is valid for the absolute favourite in this duel with the current West Bromwich, but given that the guests from Birmingham have nothing to lose we expect them to become more offensive than usual, which means there could be a lot of goals at Stamford Bridge.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.80 at betvictor (down to 1.73 can be played)