Preview - Chelsea vs West Brom Feb 13 2018

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Match Day 27
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
04:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: L L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Alvaro Morata (10)

West Bromwich Albion:
Last five matches form: L L D W L
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón (4)

There should certainly be no lack of motivation at Stamford Bridge in the last match of game week 27, as the vistitors - rock bottom West Brom - continue their bid to extricate themselves from the relegation zone. Fourth placed Chelsea meanwhile have seen their lead over Tottenham in fifth whittled down to just one point following two, borderline disastrous, recent results.

If reports are to be believed, Chelsea boss Antonio Conté is skating on very thin ice with the Chelsea board following three goal defeats to both Bournemouth and Watford. Poor as those result were, Bournemouth were grossly flattered by the final 0 - 3 score line, whilst Chelsea were down to ten for their majority of their clash with Watford. The Blues haven't become a bad side overnight, and in Eden Hazard they continue to possess one of the few truly special players in the league.

Whilst Chelsea haven't become a poor side overnight, there are many who would argue that West Brom have been a poor side all season. There have however been a few signs of improvement under Alan Pardew, but the Baggies are running out of matches if they are to escape the bottom three. January loan signing Daniel Sturridge certainly has the ability to make a positive impact at the Hawthorns, but he may well need to.

It's so tight down at the bottom that West Brom cant be written off yet. However, we don't see their comeback beginning here as they look overmatched in almost every department.

Prediction: Chelsea 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 20 -8
Shots on target: 8 - 1
Corner Kicks:  8 - 7
Possession: 57% - 43%

Johnny Evans and Kieran Gibbs were booked for the visitors. The home side remained unpenalized by referee Lee Mason.

It doesn't always go to script when a Champions League challenger faces off against a relegation threatened rival, but it certainly did at Stamford Bridge in the final fixture of match day 27.

West Brom actually started fairly brightly here, but the writing was soon on the wall once Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon had squandered early chances.

Chelsea duly made West Brom pay for those missed opportunities in the 27th minute, with a smart 1-2 between Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud ending with the mercurial Belgian firing into the bottom corner. Chelsea maintained their 1-0 lead headed into the break.

A West Brom comeback never really looked to be on the cards here, although Rondon should really have done better when one on one with Courtois.

There was an element of fortune about the game ending second in the 63rd minute as the ball was deflected into the path of Victor Moses in the box, who produced a simple finish from close range.

That goal really sucked all the fight out of the visitors, but Chelsea weren't done with quite yet as man of the match Hazard curled a fine effort into the bottom corner in the 71st minute.

An important win for Chelsea this one, and perhaps crucial for under-fire boss Antonio Contè. The three points gained pushes them back up into that all important fourth placed position.

Anything gained here would have been an unexpected bonus for beleaguered West Brom, who remain rock bottom and now a worrying seven points adrift of safety. The early loss of key January window signing Daniel Sturridge to a hamstring injury made this a day to forget all round for the Baggies.

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