Premier League preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea
- West Brom have 2-2-2 record vs. Chelsea in their last six games
- Chelsea unbeaten in 16 matches, longest run in PL this season
- WBA have conceded once in last four games
West Bromwich Albion welcome Premier League champions Chelsea to the Hawthorns on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) as Jose Mourinho’s team continue their title procession.
Chelsea have wrapped up the PL trophy and will head on the road for the final time this season as they look to keep their incredible 16-game unbeaten run in the PL going.
Tony Pulis has delivered what everyone expected when he took over at West Brom in January, Premier League safety. The Baggies drew with Newcastle 1-1 last time out and beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford before that as Pulis’ side are unbeaten in four PL games.
Mourinho has already stated that plenty of youth team players will get the chance to play for the Blues in this match as Izzy Brown, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathan Ake will all feature. If the Blues win against the Baggies then they are still on course to reach the 90-point total for the season.
In team news West Brom may have James Morrison available after his back injury, while Diego Costa could be in line to return for Chelsea after six weeks out but Oscar, Ramires and Kurt Zouma are all missing.
What they’re saying
Pulis on Mourinho turning Chelsea into champions: “He knew well into last season what he needed. He has got an edge, a real edge to him. The edge is that he wants to win and he knows how to win. He knows how to put together a team that can win and he demands winning.”
Mourinho confirms Brown to make debut: “Izzy Brown, he plays. I want him to be champion and I want him to have his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League at West Brom. It means double for him to play for Chelsea, to be champions and to play against his old club.”
Chelsea will give plenty of youngsters the chance to shine and West Brom will want to finish their home schedule on a high note. I expect to see caution go out of the window but the away side will prevail. 3-1 to Chelsea.