Newly-promoted West Brom look to take their first points of the season on Saturday, but they face a tough test as they host Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea.
Chelsea were distinctly second-best at home to the champions Liverpool last weekend. Lampard pointed out that it might have been a draw had Jorginho scored a penalty and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizalaga not made a costly error - however, his side offered little threat going forward throughout and Liverpool dominated throughout, especially after Andreas Christiansen’s first-half dismissal.
Experienced Brazilian defender Thiago Silva could come in place of the suspended Christiansen here for his Premier League debut, having impressed on his debut in midweek (6-0 over Barnsley) while new signing Edouard Mendy is expected to come straight in between the sticks after Kepa’s recent errors.
Marquee signing Kai Havertz also enjoyed himself in midweek, getting off the mark for the Blues with a well-taken hat-trick against the Tykes. The German rising star is priced at 6/1 to open the scoring here, boosted from 5/1 as part of Paddy Power’s ‘Power Price’ promotion.
West Brom have endured something of a baptism of fire on their return to the Premier League after a two-year absence. Slaven Bilic’s Baggies didn’t get off to a good start with a 3-0 home defeat to Leicester on the opening weekend and looked all at sea in a 5-2 defeat at Everton last Saturday.
The visitors will also be without experienced full-back Kieran Gibbs here, after he was dismissed with a straight red card at Goodison Park.
Chelsea have done the league double over West Brom in their last two seasons in the top flight together, with an aggregate scoreline of 7-0 back in the 2017/18 campaign. They’ve also won on each of their last three visits to the Hawthorns.
We recommend backing a comfortable Chelsea win here, but they rarely keep clean sheets, having failed to do so in both Premier League outings so far. But given their firepower and their confidence-boosting big midweek win, we expect them to score plenty against a porous-looking Baggies backline that have conceded eight goals so far - the most of any side in the division.
A heavy 4-1 away victory for Chelsea is priced at 14/1 with Betfair Sportsbook.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change