Chelsea vs West Brom Prediction
Chelsea vs West Brom
Chelsea enter the final stretch of 2020/21 with nine clean sheets across their last ten games (W7, D3) – a feat also managed in their last four wins over West Brom. Another win here will guarantee their top-four status at the 30-game watershed, and this could be important, with ten of the last 12 teams inside the top four after 30 games finishing there.
The ‘Blues’ will surely win if they net the first goal, taking 13 points (of 15) from the last five Premier League (PL) home games to see them do so. Yet, a conservative approach could backfire, with the ‘Blues’ drawing three of their ten PL games played under Thomas Tuchel 0-0 – more than they did in 57 under previous manager Frank Lampard.
Second-bottom West Bromwich Albion (WBA) remain odds-on to drop, recovering a dismal tally of just six points (of a possible 42) after lost first halves in league action this term. Furthermore, the ‘Baggies’ have lost by 2+ goals in half of their last six PL away losses vs 2019/20’s top four.
Winners in just one of their past 20 PL games played in London (W1, D5, L14), West Brom also have a shocking PL away H2H record (D2, L10), with the midlands club taking just one point here from the last 12 available. Meanwhile, their last five PL defeats here to come by 2+ goals have seen them lose at least one half precisely 2-0.
Players to score: A scorer vs Albania during the international break, Mason Mount has seen three of his last five club goals act as decisive openers. In opposition, Callum Robinson gave WBA a 2-0 lead in the reverse H2H (D 3-3), and has seen each of his six prior senior goals for WBA come in games producing over 2.5 total goals.
Hot stat: West Brom have seen four of their last six PL away defeats vs 2019/20’s top four come after a lost first half.
Prediction: Chelsea  vs  West Brom