West Brom vs Chelsea - Premier League Matchday 30: Preview, Predictions and Betting tips
The Blues will take on West Brom on Saturday, April 3, at Stamford Bridge. It is the early kick-off (12.30 pm), the first Premier League game of the weekend.
Under Tuchel's watch, the Blues have moved into the Premier League top four and built a two-point lead over fifth-place West Ham United.
They've also secured their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals; that was achieved courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United yesterday.
The standout achievement thus far has been reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after overcoming Atletico Madrid. Although that Chelsea has kept 12 clean sheets in 14 matches with Tuchel at the helm is an equally impressive feat, Football London cites.
The international break will give the 47-year-old much-needed time to reflect on what he has done so far since replacing Frank Lampard and the opportunity to prepare for what's ahead.
West Bromwich Albion come first and the visit of Sam Allardyce's side to Stamford Bridge may just prove to be one of the most difficult assignments Tuchel has faced in England.
Not because the Baggies are overly threatening. They're quite the opposite in fact. West Brom have claimed seven points from their last ten matches in the Premier League – only Southampton have claimed fewer points over the same time period – and have struck just five goals.
Given Chelsea's defensive record and the inability of West Brom to score goals, many will instantly assume the game will end in a routine victory for the Blues. It may still do, of course, given the quality at Tuchel's disposal.
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West Brom vs Chelsea: Predictions
West Brom and Chelsea will both have a serious point to prove when they meet at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. The Baggies finished second to Leeds United in the Championship last season to seal a return to the Premier League but have lost their opening two games since then, leaking a combined eight goals against Leicester City and Everton so far.
A penalty shootout exit to Brentford in the EFL Cup in midweek only compounded the misery for Slaven Bilic. Thinks haven’t exactly gone smoothly for Chelsea so far, though, either.
Frank Lampard has been incredibly busy in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, and Thiago Silva, but had to work hard for a 3-1 opening-day victory over Brighton, well the Blues were incredibly disappointing during their 2-0 loss to Liverpool last time out.
Even before they were reduced to 10 men, Chelsea failed to ask any serious questions of the defending champions, more often shooting themselves in the foot as they tried to play out of the Liverpool press. For both sides, this is a chance to lay down a marker and get things back on the right track while we’re still in the formative stages of the 2020/21 campaign.
West Brom vs Chelsea: Betting Tips
- Chelsea to win to nil @ 13/10 with Bet365
- Timo Werner to score first @ 5/2 with Paddy Power
West Brom vs Chelsea: Team Stats
A 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool wasn’t the ideal result last time out for Chelsea, even if it was against the defending champions. More concerning, however, was the lethargic performance of Lampard’s side in possession of the ball.
A clash with West Brom, who the Blues have beaten and nilled in each of their last four meetings, could prove to be the perfect tonic. The Baggies have leaked eight goals in their opening two games back in the Premier League and after missing a decent chance against Liverpool, Timo Werner will be eager to pounce and open his account for the Londoners.
West Brom vs Chelsea: Lineup prediction
Scoreline prediction: West Brom 0-3 Chelsea
West Brom vs Chelsea: Head to Head
12 February 2018 — Chelsea 3-0 West Brom
18 November 2017 — West Brom 0-4 Chelsea
12 May 2017 — West Brom 0-1 Chelsea
11 December 2016 — Chelsea 1-0 West Brom
13 January 2016 — Chelsea 2-2 West Brom
As if West Brom’s start to the season hadn’t been bad enough, they face a Chelsea side which they haven’t beaten in six attempts this weekend, while they’ve tasted victory against the Blues just once in their last 11 meetings.
Chelsea has kept a clean sheet in six of those games, so Bilic must be looking at this fixture with some nerves considering his side are yet to get a single Premier League point on the board.
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