Chelsea are expected to rest many first-team staples for their trip to West Brom, with many from their legion of lauded teen stars set to be handed starts at the Hawthorns.
Despite the wholesale changes the Blues are forecast to make they still assume 9/10 odds-on favouritism to claim the laurels in the Black Country, with their hosts an enormous 7/2 given the circumstances next to a 12/5-rated draw.
Tony Pulis’ team of regimented pragmatists are sure to make life as tough as possible for the bunch of greenhorns Chelsea will field here, meaning their 95/100 to avoid defeat in the double-chance stakes is the ideal insurance policy for those wishing to take a punt in the match-betting market.
It’s a price that returns £28.50 profit for those who invest their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the eventuality, which looks easy money when the following is taken into consideration.
West Brom have won four and drawn one of their last six against top-half dwelling outfits, keeping clean sheets in all bar the fixture they were bested.
The most recent of these bagels came against Liverpool and Manchester United, suggesting they’ve happened across a formula for halting the land’s elite attacks.
Since leaking three against Leicester, Albion have conceded just one.
In total, they’ve enforced seven shut outs on the ten sides to pay them a visit during the Pulis reign.
A solitary point is all Chelsea have to show from their previous three trips to this venue, while the Baggies have only failed to score in six of eight meetings with this adversary.
Jose Mourinho’s men may be undefeated on the road since New Year’s Day, but their recent performances haven’t been those of a team steamrollering their opponents.
Sojourns to West Ham, Hull and QPR were all won by solitary goals, two of which were registered inside the final 15 minutes, in the wake of battling efforts from their hosts.
They then recorded a goalless draw at Arsenal in a game they showed little intent to win and relied on two late strikes to see off Leicester in a 3-1 victory.
A repeat of such standards from a team of rookies will see West Brom bag a point at least here, so don’t miss out on their win or draw double-chance price.