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West Bromwich Albion FC vs Chelsea FC, free match prediction 26 Sep 2020

26 Sep 2020 | 22:00 | West Bromwich, The Hawthorns
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Chelsea hoping to bounce back from defeat against Baggies

  • Big spenders Chelsea beat Brighton before losing to Liverpool
  • West Brom have suffered a poor start to the season
  • Lampard will be confident of 3 points this weekend

Chelsea to win 3-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: West Bromwich, The Hawthorns

WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC vs CHELSEA FC Match Preview & Analysis

We’ve seen some good clashes so far this season between evenly matched teams. Last week’s 4-3 game between Leeds and Fulham an early favourite for game of the season.

This game, however, appears to be a little one-sided, at least on paper. 

Much has been said about Chelsea’s spending spree this summer, now over £200m with the arrival of new goalkeeper Mendy. They’ve looked strong, although still some way behind Liverpool as shown in their defeat to them last weekend.

West Brom are sitting bottom of the league, albeit after only two games, having scored just twice. Indeed, finding goals will be a problem for them this season.

Chelsea will majorly fancy their chances to bounce back with victory this weekend and will look to put several goals past the Baggies.

Teams Preview

West Bromwich Albion FC Preview

Predicted 2020/21 finish: 19th  

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have scored seven goals in their last three league and cup games

     Top scorer Robson-Kanu is in good form

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have been poor in their two league games

     Their leaky defence will be under huge pressure against Chelsea

The stats do not paint a positive picture for West Brom fans. Chelsea are the team that they have lost most against in league history, including all of their previous four meetings. 

Manager Frank Lampard has a 100% winning record against them, tracking back to his time as Derby boss. 

There are some positives for the Baggies, although few and far between. Hal Robson-Kanu, their top scorer last season, has found some form already this month, scoring three goals in two cup games.

Unfortunately finding the net in the league has proved trickier. They scored twice in the 5-2 defeat to Everton last weekend, and played well in parts, but Chelsea will be a level above.

Their only hope will be to tighten their defence and deny Chelsea room in midfield. 

Unfortunately for them, it could be a long afternoon.

Star Man – Grady Diangana 

The 22-year old was very impressive against Everton last week, scoring a wonderful solo goal. 

Chelsea FC Preview

Predicted 2020/21 finish: 4th 

Reasons to be cheerful

     Have looked impressive in their wins so far

     Will only become stronger as they play together more

Reasons to be fearful

     Still a step behind the likes of Liverpool

     Will want to avoid complacency 

“Stranger things have happened” is often a phrase said about these types of matches, where it would be a shock if the likes of West Brom beat Chelsea. 

However, shocks happen every season and fans love the unpredictability of Premier League football. That said, it would take a huge effort for West Brom to overturn this Chelsea team.

Yes, last week’s game showed they still have some catching up to do to reach Liverpool’s level. But they scored three as they beat Brighton on the opening weekend, before netting six against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Record signing Kai Havertz scored a hattrick in that game and he will relish the opportunity against West Brom’s weak defence, as will centre forward Timo Werner. Both are still searching for their first league goal.

It would be a surprise if Chelsea don’t put two or three past West Brom this weekend.

Star Man – Timo Werner

Was quiet against Liverpool, but the German will be desperate to open his Premier League account. 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC vs CHELSEA FC Winning Prediction

     Chelsea will dominate possession and chances

     The Blues likely to score at least two or three goals

     West Brom must keep the game tight but will struggle

There are rarely any ‘easy’ games in the Premier League. Most seasons we see a team at the bottom beat a team near the top, like Watford beating eventual Champions Liverpool last season. 

That’s why Chelsea will take this game seriously.

The likes of Werner, Mount and Havertz will be eager to get on the scoresheet, and West Brom’s defence are likely in for a long, tiring afternoon.

Stranger things have happened, but probably not this weekend.

Chelsea to win 3-0

Author: Ross B.