Leaders Chelsea travel to play 8th place West Brom on Friday, May 12. An away victory would bring Chelsea their 2nd Premier League title in the last three seasons. They are undefeated in 26 of their last 29 EPL matches and have scored at least three goals in their last three fixtures. N’Golo Kante is expected to return from his minor injury and feature in Friday’s game against The Baggies. West Brom are a mid-table team with nothing to play for but also nothing to lose. They are going through a bad period with four defeats in a row in their last five fixtures. They have the worst attack and the worst defense in the top 9 teams in the standings (41 goals scored and 45 conceded this term). They’ve lost their last three home matches without finding the back of the net. All those stats are showing us that Chelsea should easily win the match and keep a clean sheet.
West Brom will put their best effort to perform at their highest level in their last home game of the season, delay Chelsea’s title party and pick up at least one point from this fixture. They have concerns for both Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu, both with hamstring injuries being doubtful for this match. Conte’s team is coming after a great 3-0 win against relegated team Middlesbrough and will be eager to seal the title by winning this fixture. Not participating in the Champions League this term was a big advantage for The Blues as they were fully focused on the Premier League and as a result they are with one hand on the title with 2 rounds to go till the end of the season. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea can perform at the same level next year when they will have to play three games in one week. They are deserved champions after a perfect campaign and having the best attack in the EPL scoring 75 goals this season with an Italian manager says it all. Diego Costa has been crucial for Chelsea in their last seasons, being their main striker with 20 goals scored this term in 35 rounds. He might be the player to decide the match with the help of Hazard. Antonio Conte can rotate the team with Kante replacing Fabregas in the midfield and Willian returning to the starting XI.
This encounter has the potential to be a goal-fest but only from one side. We expect Chelsea to score at least two goals in the match and wrap up the title. They are priced @1.4 with the green listed bookmaker BetDSI. But Chelsea’s great experience and attacking firepower can cover for us the Asian handicap line -1.5 (at Coral).