Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United FC

Venue: Anfield – Monday, October 17 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – Man Utd 5/2

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield in a huge Monday night clash in the Premier League, with two of football’s oldest rivals going head-to-head for the first time this season.

The Reds are in great form, having won each of their last four league games and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for another stellar performance here.

Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Swansea before the International break and they look like genuine title contenders at this early stage, so a win on Monday would only reaffirm that.

Embed from Getty Images

The worry is that they’ve struggled to overcome their old enemies in recent seasons, losing each of their last four league games against United. They did beat them in last season’s Europa League Round of 16 though.

For Manchester United, this is a pivotal fixture. They are sitting in seventh place coming into the game, three points behind Liverpool and are in danger of falling six points outside the top four with a defeat here.

Jose Mourinho’s men were left frustrated with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke last time out, despite dominating that game, and so they will need to be much more clinical here if they are to take anything away from Anfield.

Embed from Getty Images

United’s last away game ended in a 3-1 defeat at Watford so there is undoubtedly a lot of pressure riding on the shoulders of this talented squad ahead of such an enormous fixture.

The most recent league meeting between these two sides saw United win 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal. Only Steven Gerrard (8) has scored more goals in this fixture than the United captain (6).

Team News

Liverpool are likely to be without key midfielders Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, who are both struggling with knocks. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are definitely out, while Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are listed as doubts. Emre Can looks set to start in midfield, with Daniel Sturridge likely to start the game on the bench as Roberto Firmino continues to lead the attack.

Jose Mourinho’s biggest decision for United will be whether he starts Wayne Rooney or not. The attacker is likely to start the game on the bench once again, with Marcus Rashford hoping to keep his place out wide. Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both out, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw are lacking match fitness and may not be risked.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: D/W/W/W/W

Man United’s last five: W/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: Liverpool have lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (27) than against any other opponent and have lost each of their last four meetings against their rivals.

Key Player: Juan Mata – The United playmaker scored a superb bicycle kick in this fixture two seasons ago and has now scored three and assisted two goals in his last four games against the Reds, so he will be hoping to cause the hosts more problems here.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United – It’s an enormous fixture at any time, but Monday night’s clash feels like a must-win for both sides, even if we are only in October. Liverpool are in great form and look too good going forward not to score here, so the big question will be how United cope with the threat provided. Mourinho’s men have looked vulnerable at times this season and could find themselves dropping three more points if they’re not on top of their game here. Home win.

Advertisements

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Everton

Venue: Stadium of Light – Monday, September 12 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Sunderland 12/5 – Draw 12/5 – Everton 11/10

Match Preview

Sunderland host Everton in this week’s Monday Night Football clash at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats desperate for a win after another slow start to the season.

David Moyes will need to rally his troops to try and beat the club he managed for 11 years and their 1-1 draw at Southampton two weeks ago should inspire some confidence.

Sunderland have scored in every game so far this term, but their only home game ended in a very disappointing 2-1 defeat to local rivals Middlesbrough. A much better display is needed here.

Embed from Getty Images

They will be confident of getting a result against the Toffees here, given the fact they’ve only lost one of their last seven at home to Everton in the top flight.

Ronald Koeman has started life on Merseyside well, picking up seven points from their opening three games. They come into Monday’s game off the back of the 1-0 home win against Stoke and will be looking for three more points here.

The Toffees faithful are not best pleased about their transfer business this summer but they now need to focus solely on picking up results. They may have lost John Stones, but keeping Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku is a huge boost.

Embed from Getty Images

Koeman could become the first Everton manager since 1919 to win his first two away games in charge, with Thomas McIntosh the last to do so 97 years ago.

Last year’s meeting at the Stadium of Light ended 3-0 to Sunderland, with Everton winning the reverse fixture 6-2, so another goal fest could be on the cards here.

Team News

Sunderland’s record signing Didier N’Dong is in line to make his debut but may have to come off the bench after playing 90 minutes for Gabon on Tuesday. Jan Kirchhoff is available for David Moyes for the first time this season, while Seb Larsson, Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini and Billy Jones are all out. Lee Cattermole is back in training and may start.

Everton could start with Seamus Coleman for the first time this season, with the Irish fullback fit again. Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson are doubts, with James McCarthy, Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington and Muhamed Besic all sidelined. Deadline day loan signing Enner Valencia is set to be in the squad.

Key Points

Sunderland’s form: L/L/D

Everton’s form: D/W/W

Key Stat: Sunderland have not won a Premier League game in the months of August or September for four years, losing 13 of the 22 games in these months since a win over Wigan in 2012.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – The Sunderland striker has already scored twice this season and is the home team’s biggest goal threat. He has five goals against Everton in the Premier League – all of which have come at Goodison Park – and will expect to add to his tally here if the hosts are to get anything out of the contest.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-1 Everton – There is little to choose between these sides ahead of Monday night’s clash but the home side will setup to avoid a second home defeat of the season against an attack-minded Everton team. Both look set to score, though they could play out a draw, on what could be a nervous encounter.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Watford FC

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Date: Monday, January 18th – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Swansea City 6/4 – Draw 21/10 – Watford 2/1

Match Preview

Swansea City host Watford in this week’s Monday night fixture in the Premier League, with both teams looking to get back to winning ways after midweek defeats.

With just one win since October, Swansea have plummeted down to 17th position and are just one point above the relegation zone following their 4-2 defeat at home to relegation rivals Sunderland  on Wednesday.

That result really hasn’t helped matters for the struggling Swans, as they suffered their fourth loss at home and tenth defeat this season.

Embed from Getty Images

The one positive they can take away from the defeat to Sunderland is that they managed to score more than one goal in a match in the Premier League for the first time since a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in November.

They will be looking to seal all three points here against stiff opposition in Watford before they embark on consecutive away games to Everton and West Brom in the next two weeks.

Watford are on a run of three defeats in a row in the league, and with no win in four matches, they have slipped down to tenth place after a fantastic run during December.

A 2-0 defeat on the road to Southampton on Wednesday saw them fail to score for the first time since October. They were poor in that game and didn’t really look like the attacking side we have seen so often this season.

Embed from Getty Images

The slump has come after a remarkable December for the Hornets. They picked up 10 points from a possible 15 last month, earning manager Quique Sanchez Flores the Manager of the Month award for December.

Odion Ighalo scooped the Player of the Month award and he will now need to reignite his impressive impressive partnership with Troy Deeney as they look to hurt a vulnerable Swansea defence to keep them on course for the top ten finish they will desperately want to attain.

The reverse fixture at Vicarage Road saw Watford win 1-0 thanks to an Odion Ighalo strike back in September. This will be the first game between the two in Wales since the pair played out a 1-1 draw during their Championship campaign in 2011.

Team News

Swansea City have no injuries to report, but Kyle Naughton looks set to miss out through suspension after picking up a red card against Sunderland that many perceived as harsh.

Watford have no fresh injury concerns. Lloyd Doyley is still sidelined with a neck injury, while Joel Ekstrand is also missing with an ACL injury. Nathan Ake is back from suspension and might return to the starting lineup.

Key Points 

Swansea’s last five: D/W/D/L/L

Watford’s last five: W/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: The last time the two teams played out a 0-0 draw was back in 1921, so expect goals in this one.

Key Player: Andre Ayew – The Ghanaian winger got amongst the goals against Sunderland with his seventh of the season and his fifth at the Liberty Stadium. He will need to be at his best on Monday night if Swansea are to get out of this horrid run of form.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction 

Swansea City 1-1 Watford – A draw seems the most likely outcome, with both teams likely to get on the scoresheet. A win for either side will be huge, more so for Swansea, but Watford are solid at the back and don’t concede often. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Chelsea

Venue: King Power Stadium – Monday, December 14 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 19/10 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 11/8

Match Preview

High-flying Leicester host struggling Chelsea in this week’s Monday night game in the Premier League in a game between two sides that seem to have swapped league positions.

This is not a parallel universe. Chelsea sit in 14th place coming into this game, with Leicester sitting at the top of the table after 15 games.

The Foxes have exceeded all expectations so far and they are now unbeaten in eight league games, having only lost the one match this term.

Embed from Getty Images

Chelsea are enduring quite the opposite campaign as they have suffered defeat in eight games already – more total league losses than in any of the last three seasons.

The Blues fell 1-0 at home to Bournemouth last weekend and they have not won away in their last five. Things don’t look so good for Jose Mourinho’s men and another loss here would really put any remaining Champions League hopes in jeopardy.

Leicester have scored more league goals than anyone else this season and will face a Chelsea side with the third-worst defensive record in the top flight. Yet somehow Leicester are still the underdogs as far as the betting for the match goes.

This will be the 19th Premier League clash between the two sides. Chelsea have sealed victory in each of the last six league meetings.

Embed from Getty Images

In fact, the last time Chelsea lost to the Foxes, Claudio Ranieri was in charge of the Blues. The Italian coach is now working wonders with Leicester and will hope to inflict further damage on his former club’s dismal season.

Team News

Leicester’s will be without Ritchie De Laet and Matt James as the pair remain Claudio Ranieri’s only absentees. Leonardo Ulloa will hope to start alongside Jamie Vardy in attack once again.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has just one player out of this one as Radamel Falcao is unlikely to even make the trip to Leicester. Cesc Fabregas will expect to come back into the side after being dropped against Porto midweek, while Kurt Zouma may get the nod at centre-back.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Chelsea’s last five: L/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: Chelsea have won their last eight games against Leicester in all competitions and haven’t lost to the Foxes since 2001 – a game in which Ranieri was Chelsea manager.

Key Player: Jamie Vardy – His 11-game scoring run might have ended at Swansea last time out but Vardy has still scored six in his last five home league games and will look to hurt Chelsea here.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Leicester 2-1 Chelsea – Leicester have scored in every Premier League game this season and shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the net against a leaky Chelsea defence here. The Blues have lost four of their last six league games and it’s hard to see them sealing three points in this one. Another excellent Leicester win could be on the cards.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa

Venue: White Hart Lane – Monday, November 2 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Aston Villa 6/1

Match Preview

Tottenham host Aston Villa in this week’s Monday night game at White Hart Lane as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run to ten against a managerless Aston Villa side in real trouble.

Villa sacked Tim Sherwood following last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea – their sixth straight loss in the Premier League – and so the former Spurs head coach won’t be returning to his former stomping ground for this one.

Remi Garde is being tipped to take over at Villa Park but doesn’t look likely to be in the dugout in time for Monday’s game so Kevin MacDonald will take charge.

Spurs will look to pile more misery on the Villains as they look to remain unbeaten, while also seeking revenge for last season’s 1-0 home loss to Villa.

Tottenham’s Premier League record: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

Embed from Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 5-1 away at Bournemouth last Sunday with Harry Kane grabbing a hat-trick to silence some of his critics. His link up play with Christian Eriksen seems to be back to its most dangerous and that will excite the home crowd on Monday.

Aston Villa sit bottom of the Premier League after ten games and are looking set for another season in and out of the relegation zone, something that’s becoming worryingly normal for the club.

Aston Villa’s Premier League record: P10 – W1 – D1 – L8

Embed from Getty Images

Last week’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea was their sixth defeat in a row. Their only win this year came away from home, though and so they can’t be ruled out completely.

Villa ended a six-game losing streak to Spurs by winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in April and will hope a repeat performance can lead to the same outcome.

Team News

Spurs come into the game with several injury worries still troubling Mauricio Pochettino. Nabil Bentaleb, Heung Min Son, Alex Pritchard, Nacer Chadli and Federico Fazio are all out, while Tom Carroll is a doubt.

Aston Villa travel to London with news that Micah Richards is likely to miss the game as a result of an FA charge after his behaviour after the Swansea defeat. Joleon Lescott is also a doubt, along with Gary Gardner and Tiago Ilori.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/D/W

Aston Villa’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Tottenham currently boast the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League (9).

Key Player: Harry Kane – Impossible to overlook Harry Kane as the key man here. He comes into this game off the back of a hat-trick at Bournemouth last weekend and will look to kick on by hurting a Villa side that has conceded 16 goals in their last eight league games.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa – Tottenham have been very tight at the back this year and will see Monday’s game as the ideal opportunity to pick up a second straight clean sheet. They should prove to be too strong for Villa.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, September 28 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Brom 19/10 – Draw  23/10 – Everton 7/5

Match Preview

West Brom host Everton in this week’s Monday night game in the Premier League with both sides looking to continue fairly good runs of form.

West Brom are playing well and are now unbeaten in their last three in the Premier League, despite a slow start.

Their season looked doomed on deadline day as they looked set to lose young striker Saido Berahino to Tottenham but they managed to keep hold of him, and just as well as he scored the winner against rivals Aston Villa last time in that 1-0 away win.

Embed from Getty Images

However, they will have to improve on a poor record against Everton to have any luck here, having not beaten them in the tip flight since 2012.

West Brom’s record in the Premier League: P6 – W2 – D2 – L2

Everton could be in trouble for this trip as they may be without defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman, who are both integral to the Toffees defence.

They are yet to hit full flight this year but this Everton side don’t have to worry about the Europa League this season and should make forward movements in the league as a result.

Everton’s record in the Premier League: P6 – W2 – D3 – L1

Also unbeaten in three, it’s hard to see either side taking all three points this time out in what could be a cagey game.

Embed from Getty Images

Team News

West Brom only have one first team player on the injury list and that is England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is still out with a serious knee injury.

Everton are without Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Tom Cleverley, Bryan Oviedo and Muhamed Besic through injury. Seamus Coleman and John Stones are doubts but should be fit to start.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: D/L/W/D/W

Everton’s last five: W/L/D/W/D

Key Stat: West Brom have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Ross Barkley – Barkley is quickly becoming one of the brightest talents in the Premier League. His ability to dominate and dictate Everton’s attacking play was demonstrated against Chelsea. He is vital to Everton.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

West Brom 0-0 Everton – After the solid defensive displays by both sides recently, we struggle to see either of them breaking the deadlock. A cagey draw without a goal could be on the cards.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Bournemouth

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Bournemouth 

Venue: Anfield – Monday, August 17 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Bournemouth 6/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Premier League newboys AFC Bournemouth to Anfield on Monday night as the Reds fans will get their first look at their side without Steven Gerrard leading the team out for the opening league game.

After a summer overhaul that saw Gerrard and Raheem Sterling leave the club, Brendan Rodgers has taken steps to refresh the squad with new talent. The likes of Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke have added threat to a new look Liverpool attack as they look to break back into the top four after a disappointing campaign.

It’s a case of trying to rebuild whilst still aiming high for Liverpool. And after losing your captain and club legend Gerrard, it will be extremely difficult to do so.

Embed from Getty Images

They won 1-0 at Stoke last weekend, gaining revenge from that 6-1 thrashing at the end of last season, but they were far from convincing and need to use Monday night’s game as a platform to impress.

The same can be said for Bournemouth, who will want to prove they deserve to be in the top flight after an impressive display in the Championship last term.

They lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa last week but created plenty of chances and will look to relish the occasion of playing at Anfield here.

Eddie Howe has certain philosophy he has imprinted on the south coast but their positive style football must also bring points as they look to extend their stay in the top flight past the end of the season.

Embed from Getty Images

This will be the first ever league meeting between the two, though they have met twice in less than two years, with Liverpool winning a League Cup and an FA Cup game against the Cherries, both away from Anfield.

Team News

Liverpool will be without Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge who remain long-term absentees. Joe Allen is a doubt after sustaining an injury in preseason. Roberto Firmino will hope to start behind Christian Benteke up top.

Bournemouth have Christian Atsu and Shaun MacDonald as doubts but Atsu should play some part. Harry Arter is expected to miss Monday’s game after missing most of preseason.

Key Points

Liverpool’s form: W

Bournemouth’s form: L

Key Stat: Monday night will be the first time the two sides have met in the Football League.

Key Player: Christian Benteke – New Liverpool striker Benteke will want to open his Reds account after drawing a blank against Stoke last weekend and will look to impress on his home debut.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth – Liverpool looked average at best last weekend but should have enough to win comfortably at home in what could be a tight game. Bournemouth’s free-flowing style of play could cause the Reds problems but it may be too tough a test for Eddie Howe’s men to pass this early on in the season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City 

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, August 10 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Bromwich Albion 9/2 – Draw 14/5 – Manchester City 8/13

Match Preview

The opening Monday Night Football of the season sees Manchester City travel to the Hawthorns to take on Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom come into the game off the back of five wins on the trot in preseason and look very organised defensively.

The Baggies will be looking to build on last season as they became a tough side to beat at home under Pulis.

Embed from Getty Images

Pulis has strengthened well this summer after bringing in James McLean, James Chester and Rickie Lambert and all three will be hoping to make their debuts here.

The future of young Saido Berahino is still up in the air, and with other first team strikers like Brown Ideye in form in front of goal, don’t be surprised if Berahino is benched.

Man City have been relatively quiet in the window, apart from their high-profile capture of England international Raheem Sterling.

City have mainly focused on bringing in young English talent with the likes of Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts joining the Citizens this summer.

Make no mistake, City will be challenging for the title once again this term and if star players like Yaya Toure return to peak form, they are serious contenders to dethrone Chelsea.

Embed from Getty Images

Starting with three points will be the target this weekend but a trip to West Brom represents a tricky early test for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Team News

West Brom are still missing Ben Foster so Boaz Myhill should deputise for the England ‘keeper. Gareth MCauley is a doubt with a calf/shin injury. Rickie Lambert could make his first start for the club in attack.

Manchester City may be without David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero through illness but they are expected to shake it off to feature. Yaya Toure picked up a knock to the head playing Real Madrid so is a doubt. Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy are both out. Raheem Sterling is expected to start.

Key Points

West Brom’s preseason form: L/L/W/W/W/W/W

Manchester City’s preseason form: W/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last seven matches against West Brom in the Premier League.

Key Player: Raheem Sterling – £49 million can get you a lot, but Sterling could be worth that fee come the end of the season. His speed across ten yards could cause the Baggies some serious problems on Monday night.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Manchester City – We’re expecting West Brom to be hard to beat this season but Manchester City are still a superpower in the Premier League and should be beating everyone. That said, we’re expecting a score draw to ease both sides into the new season.

Sky Sports pundits see funny side of Fabregas’ red card against West Brom

Chelsea may have won the league but they weren’t willing to take their game at West Brom on Monday night easy.

The Blues were fired up from the word go, with the returning Diego Costa adding some bite back into the team, but Jose Mourinho’s side went down to ten men early on as Cesc Fabregas saw red in the first-half for a bizarre incident.

The Spanish midfielder fired a ball at Chris Brunt’s head from distance while the referee was trying to calm the players down after an incident involving Diego Costa in the box, with the Blues already down 1-0.

Fabregas was sent off for the shot, and Chelsea were left to play the rest of their final away game of the season with ten men.

But Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville couldn’t help but see the funny side of the incident, with Neville labelling Fabregas’ hit as “a hell of a strike”.

“I’m not sure why Eden Hazard throws the ball to Fabregas. There’s definitely intent to want the ball [from Fabregas]. I have to say, it’s a hell of a strike. I think it’s a red, because it’s stupid,” he said laughing during the halftime analysis.

“The referee never really has control of the situation. It’s a bizarre one but it’s a red card because it’s dangerous. The ball could have hit the referee and broken someone’s nose.”

Embed from Getty Images

Carragher also agreed the incident deserved a red card but feels that the whole situation could have been avoided if the defenders ignored Costa’s antics beforehand.

“I’d have loved to have played against him [Diego Costa]. If I was against him I’d say ‘stop there, get on with the game’. That would have stopped all that followed.

“I think it’s probably a red card but not my favourite of the season.”

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Chelsea

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

Match Preview

West Brom host Chelsea in the final Monday night game of the season ahead of the closing weekend of Premier League action.

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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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

Score Prediction

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.