Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea
Venue: Hawthorns – Monday, May 18th – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: West Brom 13/5 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 1/1
Chelsea have already won the title for the first time in five years but will be looking to end the season on a high by extending their unbeaten league run to 17 at West Brom.
That won’t be as easy as it seems though as the Baggies will be looking to end a successful campaign on a high in their final home game.Embed from Getty Images
Tony Pulis has been excellent since taking over back in January and has steered the Baggies to safety to ensure they start their fifth straight campaign in the top flight.
They have now gone unbeaten through their last four games and have beaten Manchester United away from home in that run, so the visit of Chelsea won’t scare home supporters.
West Brom have not lost to Chelsea in their last three home clashes and will want to extend that streak to four come the end of play on Monday night.
The Blues have been sensational this season and are the deserved champions. Jose Mourinho and his side have been criticised as being ‘boring’ in recent weeks but there’s nothing boring about winning the title and they come into the game on an unbeaten run of 16 in the league.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea have only lost twice all season, but both of those were away from Stamford Bridge, and so they aren’t guaranteed all three points in this one.
West Brom hosted the champions in the final home game of the 2012-13 season in a thrilling game against Manchester United that ended 5-5, so neutrals will hope this produces a similar scoreline.
West Brom’s only injury concern is Ben Foster as the goalkeeper remains out so Boaz Myhill will continue to play between the sticks. Pulis could field an unchanged lineup from the team that drew with Newcastle last week.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has a few concerns in the shape of Oscar, Ramires, Diego Costa, Kurt Zouma and Petr Cech. A few of the club’s younger players could be given starts here as Nathan Ake, Izzy Brown, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Solanke will hope to play.
West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/W/D
Chelsea’s last five: W/D/W/W/D
Key Stat: There has not been a 0-0 draw between these two in 40 years – a run of 33 games.
Key Player: Boaz Myhill – The Baggies ‘keeper has impressed since stepping in for Foster and will likely be busy in this one. He has kept three clean sheets in his past four and could be key to the outcome of this game.Embed from Getty Images
West Brom 2-2 Chelsea – Tough to see either side winning this. Chelsea are the champions but are likely to take their foot off the pedal, while the Baggies will want to end the season on a high against the league leaders.