West Brom vs Chelsea is Saturday’s (September 26) teatime match and West Brom’s baptism of fire on their return to the top division is expected to continue. Chelsea are just 2/5 (1.40) to leave the Hawthorns Stadium with three points, while it’s 4/1 (5.00) for the draw and 8/1 (9.00) for a West Brom win.
Even at the short odds, the big hitters will pile into Chelsea, while Frank Lampard’s new-look Blues side are sure to make their way into the majority of Premier League accas this weekend. But we think the goals markets offer a better value bet, with over 2.5 goals being our West Brom vs Chelsea tip.
West Brom started the season with a 0-3 defeat against Leicester and, while they put in a more spirited effort against Everton, they still lost 5-2. West Brom’s matches in the Carabao Cup have also been high scoring, with a 3-0 win over Harrogate Town followed by a 2-2 draw against Brentford.
West Brom will need to learn to defend quickly if they’re to have any chance of avoiding relegation but, after letting in two goals against Brentford, it’s hard to imagine they’ll be able to contain the attacking talents at Chelsea’s disposal.
Of course, Chelsea couldn’t breach the Liverpool defence in their second game, but they could have scored a fistful at Brighton before they settled for a 1-3 victory. Brighton have confirmed that effort was a decent one by winning 4-0 and 3-0 since.
Chelsea’s 1-3 victory over Brighton was also an improvement on last season’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium, while 15 of 18 of Chelsea’s away games in the Premier League last season produced at least three goals.
The case for backing over 2.5 goals is also enhanced by the West Brom vs Chelsea head-to-heads in the 2017/18 season, the last time West Brom were in the Premier League. Chelsea won 0-4 at the Hawthorns, as well as 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Those results also came back in the day when Chelsea were a much more defensive team than they are under current manager Frank Lampard.
That’s a very strong case for there being at least three goals, which is why our West Brom vs Chelsea tip is over 2.5 goals.
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