West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea 08/23/2015 Premier League Preview & Prediction
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 23rd August 2015 08:30(ET)
The Line: West Brom 11/2 Draw 3/1 Chelsea 7/10 See the Latest Odds
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The early game on Sunday will see Tony Pulis West Brom try to contain th Champions Chelsea. Jose Mourhino's Chelsea signed Pedro from Barcelona midweek and the Champions will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 hammering by Manchester City last weekend. Chelsea were terrible on the day as City bossed it from the off and really could have been out of sight by half time but for Chelsea's goalkeeper stopping Sergio Aguero three times. Chelsea have really not played well at all this season and they look like a team that is a little out of sorts at the moment. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have struggled to settle themselves and right now Mourhino needs to find a balance for his defence as both Terry and Ivanovich have really struggled so far this season.
West Brom have really been put under pressure in their first two games. A solid defensive performance last time out has left the Baggies with one point from two games but considering how impressive Man City were against Chelsea last week the Baggies first home loss to Man City is no bad result. Pulis is trying to hold onto star man Berahino as he continues to be linked with a move to Tottenham and as long as the transfer window is open he is going to be linked with a move away. West Brom are defensively sound though and they will set up to frustrate Chelsea here, Tony Pulis is one of the best tactical managers in the league and he will shut down the space in midfield to deny Chelsea's creative players the space they desire.
This could be another frustrating game for Mourhino and his team as they travel to the Hawthorns, WEst Brom will provide a stern challenge but at the same time given the two teams you have to fancy Chelsea will be able to open up West Brom over the 90 minutes. I'm going to take the unders though as I dont see West Brom troubling Chelsea at the other end and I think if Chelsea win this they will just nick it 1-0. The Unders is where the value is for me here.