Chelsea will make the trip to The Hawthorns this evening to play West Brom knowing a win will see them crowed Premier League champions for the second time in three years.
The blues capitalised on second-placed Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by West Ham last Friday by beating Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday to move seven points clear at the top with three games left.
If the Blues fail to secure the title at West Brom, they then have home games versus Watford and Sunderland to seal the deal.
Conte has said that he has no injury worries ahead of the game, this means that N’Golo Kante is likely to take his place in midfield after missing the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.
David Luiz is also expected to start after being substituted during the closing stages of that match as he continues to cope with a knee problem.
Possible line ups
Foster, Dawson, Evans, McAuley, Wilson, Yacob, Fletcher, Livermore, McClean, Brunt, Rondon
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Hazard, Costa
What the manager says
“I have a contract with Chelsea for two more years.”
“It is logical when you start work in a new club for the will to be to continue to work and try to improve your work in many years, and for sure this is my will.”
“But now the most important thing is to reach our target.”
“To arrive at this moment, with this great opportunity, we worked very hard for the whole season and now it’s important to be ready and try to take this step and then to celebrate together.”
West Brom have won three of their last five Premier League games against Chelsea at the Hawthorns (D1 L1) – this after losing each of their first five between 2003 and 2011.
The Blues have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games against the Baggies (W4 D3), a 3-0 defeat in May 2015 in a game played after Chelsea had already won the division.
None of the 21 Premier League meetings between these sides have ended goalless – the Baggies have only played more games without a nil-nil against Arsenal and Spurs (22) in the competition.
The Baggies have only scored a goal in two of their last nine Premier League fixtures, failing to score at all in their other seven matches since the start of March.
Should Chelsea win this match, they’ll have won 42 points away from home in the Premier League this season (the most) and it’ll be the highest tally of away points by a side in a PL season since Manchester United won 42 in 2011-12.
Chelsea are odds on favourites to clinch the title on Friday night, priced at 7/20 to take all three points. West Brom are outsiders to delay Chelsea’s celebrations, they can be backed at 8/1 to get home win and the draw is available at 7/2.
After a decent 3-0 win last time out, the Chelsea handicap market offers much more value – where Chelsea (-1) is priced at 7/2. (Prices from Bet on Brazil – odds may fluctuate)
Where can i watch the game?
The game will be shown on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm in the UK.
West Brom made life very difficult for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in December, they sit comfortably in mid table with nothing to lose or play for.
We predict the Blues will win 2-0, Champagne at the ready!