Despite the protestations of their manager, the Blues are looking every inch the title contenders and Al Hain-Cole expects them to move clear at the top with a comfortable win
With title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City not in action until Wednesday, the Blues are available at 1/2 (1.50) with bet365 to apply the pressure with a ninth win in 11 unbeaten league games.
However, Pepe Mel’s side have come out on top in each of the last two meetings between the teams at this ground and are available at 7/1 (8.00) to provide him with a first victory since taking over last month.
The Baggies were unlucky to collect just a point after a controversial late penalty in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them coming away with a draw once again this time out.
Despite claiming that he is only focused on securing qualification for next year’s Champions League, Jose Mourinho is fooling nobody as to his team’s title credentials.
While Arsenal and Manchester City were dropping yet more points at the weekend, the Portuguese boss was leading his side to a straightforward 3-0 victory over Newcastle that saw them open the scoring within half an hour and never look back.
Having gone in at half-time in the lead in each of their previous four wins, the visitors will be confident of gaining the upper hand within the first 45 minutes yet again against a team that have trailed at the break in three of their four matches under their new boss.
While West Brom have managed to get back on level terms in the second half in both of Mel’s games on home soil, they are unlikely to have similar fortune against a Chelsea defence that has not conceded a single goal in their last five matches on the road, meaning odds of 5/4 (2.25) are not to be missed on the visitors winning after leading at half-time.
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