MATCH PREVIEW: WEST BROM VS CHELSEA

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Kick-off: Saturday, November 18, 2018. 15:00 GMT

Venue: The Hawthorns

The international break is over, and club football hostilities resume this weekend with Chelsea having a tricky away clash against Tony Pulis men.

This fixture has been tightly contested in recent times, as the Blues have struggled to beat West Brom three out of the last four games with just a goal margin and one of the last four games ended in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago.

It was a late Michy Batshuayi goal in this fixture last season that sealed Chelsea’s Premier League title last term.

Chelsea are 4th on the table with 22 points from 11 games, while West Brom are 16th on the table and are in danger of dropping into the relegation zone.

The fact that the Baggies are suffering relegation threat will even make this match more difficult for Conte’s men.

However, the Baggies are in terrible form as they have lost four of their last six games and drawn two. In fact, the last time they won a league game was on 19th of August, a slim 1-0 win over Burnley.

West Brom are nine league games without a win, while Chelsea have won four of their last six league games.

Chelsea’s last two visits to the Hawthorns have ended in wins for the Blues, and West Brom have lost 16 of their 22 Premier League games against Chelsea, their joint-highest total against an opponent alongside Arsenal and Manchester City.

West Brom have lost the last eight matches in which they conceded the opening goal. Chelsea have been good away from home in recent times, winning nine of their last 11 away games in the Premier League.

My prediction: Chelsea will be aiming for the three points in Antonio Conte’s 50th Premier League game, and although it would a fierce battle from relegation threatened West Brom, the Blues should take all three points.

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