Premier League Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea

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Updated: February 10, 2014
Chelsea

Match Date: 11 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: The Hawthorns

 

West Bromwich Albion

Despite West Bromwich’s perseverance to make both ends meet, they were still beaten by Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park on weekend. The sides were level on 23 points before the fixture’s kick-off and were a hairline away from the relegation zone. The 3-1 result helped Palace climb up the ladder while West Brom were left with no option but to fall down into the bottom. Palace were in control in most parts of the match, securing goals from Ince, Ledley, and Chamakh. Bifouma was the only player to score for The Baggies.

 

West Bromwich are now in a very serious need of more points as they already constitute one of the relegation candidates. They have proven their resilience in several occasions, but they still need stronger traction in the tournament in order to lower their risk of demotion.

 

Chelsea

Chelsea have a strong willpower to stave themselves off from any inconvenience, and it is from this  drive that they are now occupying the league’s top position, knocking off Arsenal and Manchester City. The three sides are only one point clear of the other, although their goal differences still mark Manchester City as the leaders.

 

Young player Eden Hazard was the very reason that Chelsea romped their way up to the table’s summit. His stunning Premier League hat-trick fired a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho’s clinical skills as a manager was already lauded following his men’s 1-0 win at Manchester City, but Hazard’s excellence was viewed in another light as he became a serious team asset that far exceeds his capacity as a student of a brilliant coach.

 

Sports betting tip: At this point of the competition, there is only one direction that Chelsea are aiming to accomplish in the league race: up. With this, expect the visitors thrash West Bromwich on a large lead, if not a clean sheet.

 

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