7:00 AM (AEDST) Tuesday, February 13 at Stamford Bridge, London
Round 27 of the Premier League comes to a close on Tuesday when champions Chelsea play hosts to West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Willian; Morata.
West Brom: Foster; Gibbs, Evans, Hegazi, Dawson; Livermore, Krychowiak, Barry; Rodriguez, Rondon, Phillips.
There have been 123 games played between these two outfits, with Chelsea holding a commanding lead, scoring 55 wins to West Broms 38, while a further 30 games have been drawn. Chelsea has won 4 and drew 1 of the last 5 League games against West Brom, with the most recent result coming earlier this season, where Chelsea won 4-0.
Defending champions Chelsea will be hoping to return to their impressive form from last season which saw them win 30 of their 38 games. They opened their Premier League campaign with a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley, but bounced back to topple the second best side last season, Tottenham, 2-1 to get their season underway. They then beat Everton 2-0 and Leicester City 2-1 before a scoreless draw with Arsenal in Round 5. The Blues then belted Stoke 4-0 before dropping consecutive games to League leaders Manchester City 1-0 and the last placed Crystal Palace 2-1. They bounced back with wins against Watford 4-2 and Bournemouth 1-0. Chelsea then overcame fellow heavyweights Manchester United 1-0 and then hammered West Brom 4-0. Chelsea were then held to a draw with Liverpool before beating Swansea 1-0 and Newcastle 3-1. After they went down to the Hammers 1-0, Chelsea has beaten Huddersfield 3-1 and Southampton 1-0, then drew nil all with Chelsea before beating Brighton 2-0 and Stoke 5-0. They drew their next two games against Arsenal 2 all and Leicester 0 all. Brighton went down 4-0 to the Blues before Chelsea suffered big back-to-back losses 3-0 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Watford.
West Brom made a great start to the season with successive 1-0 victories against Bournemouth and Burnley. However their form was largely woeful in the following 19 games, picking up just 9 draws and 10 losses. They drew with Stoke, West Ham, Watford, Leicester, Spurs, Newcastle, Palace, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal, while losing to Brighton 3-1, Arsenal 2-0, Southampton 1-0, Manchester City 3-2, Huddersfield 1-0, Chelsea 4-0, Swansea 1-0, Man U 2-1, Stoke 3-1 and West Ham 2-1/ They ended the run with a 2-0 victory over Brighton, holding on for a 1 all draw with Everton before going down to Man City 3-0 and Southampton 3-2 last week.
Mentally and Defensively – Both teams have lost their last two games and conceded several goals in the process. First team to snap out of it wins here.
Chelsea at home should win this match.
West Bromwich Albion $9.00