West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea: Action-packed affair as Premier League returns following World Cup qualifiers

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The Baggies face a testing 90 minutes against the Blues at the Hawthorns and our tipster expects the goals to flow when this rivalry is renewed

West Bromwich Albion are desperate to return to winning ways as they prepare to face champions Chelsea at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

Tony Pulis' team started the season superbly, picking up seven points from their opening three fixtures - a tally that saw the Baggies challenging at the top of the table at that stage of the campaign.

That early season promise has evaporated, however, for West Brom have failed to win any of their last 10 matches in all competitions; the Baggies can be backed at 19/4 (5.75) with bet365 to buck the trend by beating the Blues this weekend, while the same firm go 16/5 (4.20) that the match ends in stalemate.

Tony Pulis West Brom

Chelsea suffered a calamitous 2-1 defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace last month, but Antonio Conte's charges have responded to that result in fine style by winning each of their last four domestic matches in all competitions, and they are chalked up as 8/15 (1.53) favourites to enjoy a fifth successive domestic win in this one.

A bruising 3-0 defeat against Roma in the Champions League group stages at the end of last month serves as a reminder of Chelsea's vulnerability and bet365 offer 11/10 (2.10) that there are goals at both ends when these two teams lock horns, while the same firm go 8/5 (2.60) that the Baggies avoid defeat against Conte's charges.

The Londonders were 1-0 winners in both of their Premier League matches against the Baggies last term and bet365 go 11/2 (6.50) that Conte's men repeat the feat in this fixture, while the same firm offer 8/11 (1.72) that there are fewer than three goals in this game - that particular play would have paid dividends in four of the Baggies' last six matches.

West Brom Chelsea graphic

That being said, West Brom were beaten 3-2 by Manchester City in their most recent home match and before that Pulis' charges were held to a 2-2 draw against Watford at the Hawthorns, so there is plenty of potential for the goals to flow once again in this game.

Chelsea have conceded in seven of their last nine matches in all competitions and bet365's 43/40 (2.08) quote for at least three goals to be scored in this game could offer excellent value for punters; the selection would have landed in five of Chelsea's last seven matches, as well as in each of the Baggies' last three home games in all competitions.

Furthermore, the selection would have paid out in three of the last five renewals of the fixture at this venue; with both teams capable of getting amongst the goals but vulnerable in defence, Saturday's showdown should see plenty of action and, so, it is bet365's 43/40 (2.08) quote for more than two goals to be scored that could provide punters with best value here.

Over 2.5 goals at 43/40 (2.08) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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