Chelsea can become Premier League champions with a win against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday
Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham last weekend has cost them in the title race, as Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over relegated Middlesbrough on Monday moves them within two points of reclaiming the Premier League title. The inevitable looks set to happen in their Friday night fixture against West Brom at the Hawthorns. Antonio Conte’s men have dominated the campaign all season, defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal early in the season was followed by a winning run of thirteen league matches. Similarly, their 2-0 loss against Tottenham at White hart Lane was followed with an eight-game unbeaten run. Late stumbles against Crystal Palace and Manchester United are firmly behind them as they’ve won their last three league games on the spin and after a stretch of matches leaking goals, they’ve kept a clean sheet in their last two which includes a 3-0 victory against Everton at Goodison in their last away.
West Brom look set to enjoy their highest Premier League finish in 8th place, but a string of poor results means delaying Chelsea’s inevitable title win with an upset could be beyond them. They finally broke their goal drought with a 2-2 draw against Burnley in their last outing, but remain winless in their last six Premier League fixtures. This includes three defeats of 1-0 against Southampton, Liverpool and Leicester all at the Hawthorns. The majority of their success has been at home this season, but since hitting the 40-point mark in February they’ve taken their foot of the gas and only five points separates them from 15th place.
However, the Baggies have a good record on their home turf against the Blues. They are unbeaten in four of Chelsea’s last five visits, with West Brom winning three and Chelsea clinching a 3-2 victory in their visit last season. Manager Tony Pulis also knows how to set up his side to frustrate his opponents, only Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Manchester United have won by more than one goal at the Hawthorns this season. With Chelsea’s remaining fixtures both easy home games against Watford and Sunderland, the Baggies will be hoping for a little complacency from Conte.
West Brom will be without Matt Phillips who has a hamstring issue, while Hal-Robson Kanu is back in the squad after recovering from his. Chelsea have no injury concerns and N’Golo Kante could return after missing Monday’s game against Middlesbrough.
West Brom need points to secure their 8th place finish, but we’d backed Chelsea to become Premier League champions in Friday’s Premier 10 competition.