Having lost their last two games against Bournemouth and Watford, Paul Merson has made it clear that the Blues must beat West Brom tonight or face the likelihood of a collapse especially with games against Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United looming ahead.
He told Sky Sports: “Chelsea need to win, they just need to win. That’s what it has come to now. You looked at the Bournemouth and Watford games and thought there are six points to cement the top four and concentrate on Barcelona in the Champions League.
“Now you’ve got fixtures of Barca, Man Utd, Man City, Barca after West Brom – it could all go Pete Tong very quickly. If they don’t win, you don’t see how they’re going to finish in the top four with the games coming up.
“Alan Pardew is going to put 10 behind the ball, and keep it very tight for 20 minutes and hope the fans get restless. They’ll look at what Bournemouth did, but without the same pace on the counter-attack I don’t see how they can hurt Chelsea.”
Merson predicts a 3-0 win for the Blues.