Chelsea are overwhelming favourites to beat West Brom in Andre Villas-Boas’ first competitive home match as manager of the Blues.
West Brom were unlucky to lose 2-1 at the Hawthorns to reigning champions Manchester United on the opening weekend of the 2011-12 Premier League campaign.
However, Chelsea were significantly more potent at Stamford Bridge last season than United were away from Old Trafford.
While Chelsea failed to convert just five of their 19 home league games into wins, picking up 45 points from a possible 57, the Red Devils only managed to collect 25 points on the road last season.
It is therefore easy to see how West Brom are 8/1 outsiders in bwin’s 3Way football betting market despite their impressive performance last week, with Chelsea 7/25 to pick up all three points and a draw at 9/2.
The more you look at it, the worse it gets for Roy Hodgson’s side, with the recent head-to-head record between the two teams making for grim reading.
Chelsea have won every single one of their ten matches against Albion in the Premier League era.
Even more depressingly for West Brom betting fans, Albion have not scored at Stamford Bridge during this time, with Chelsea scoring 15 goals in their five matches on home territory.
With this in mind, Albion failing to score at odds of 83/100 looks a banker, while a 3-0 home win looks attractive at odds of 27/4.
A £25 free bet on Chelsea to beat West Brom 3-0, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £193.75.
To make it a perfect day for the Blues, Fernando Torres would build on his encouraging display against Stoke and open his account for the new season.
The Spaniard’s selection at the Britannia Stadium suggested he has established himself as Villas-Boas’ first-choice striker but he will need to find his scoring boots if he is to stay ahead of Didier Drogba in the pecking order.
Torres is priced at 11/4 to open the scoring and 3/5 to score at any time in the match.
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