Fixed in the bottom, as last in the table and seven points away from safe ground, albeit with the match less played than the competitors around. The situation could, mildly expressed, be more pleasant to West Bromwich. With hard pressure on their shoulders – can they fill the score here, in a tough match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge?
Much better timing against Chelsea, they could hardly get the WBA, even though they are still – quite rightly – considered big underdogs. The champions have two big losses against, on the paper, much worse resistance in AFC Bournemouth and Watford with 0-3 and 1-4 respectively.
What’s happening in Chelsea? The team has lost everything that can at all be likened to style and now also dropped outside the Champions League area, top four. However, a three here would mean that they are getting up again, so expect a lot of reward with them.
There are two hard injured teams that will take place at Stamford Bridge. In addition to Chelsea having Tiemoué Bakayoko turned off, Andreas Christiansen is injured and the quartet consisting of Marcos Alonso, Àlvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and Pedro at risk of losing the match.
WBA, then? Damage to Nacer Chadli and James Morrison and with five players in Jonny Evans, Kieran Gibbs, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Hal Robson-Kanu and Jake Livermore as unsure cards.
Bored for – purposeful
The way in which Chelsea leaked defensively in the last two games, as they were great favorites, worry of course – but equally worrying is the offensive impotence. In other words, problems over the whole course, in the game as a whole.
In advance, Àlvaro Morata is not expected to get ready for play, at least not for 90 minutes, and a lot of points are lost, although his qualities in a top club like this can be discussed.
Otherwise, we can count on a Chelsea that focuses heavily on ordering the goods defensively. Antonio Conte can not accept yet another overall coincidence? Key priority – and this may mean that the risk moments will be fewer.
West Bromwich was involved in an extremely fast-paced story against Southampton last, 2-3-loss, but is usually fairly solid in the defense game – the jumbo site despite. The team is among those who have scored at least the goals of those on the upper table.
An away team parking the bus and a Chelsea with a lot of doubtful form – does it mean a goal-long match?
Our Prediction: Under 2,5 goals @ 1.89