West Brom have scored more goals than Manchester United this season. A Tony Pulis team is more attacking than a United team. Let that sink in. While that’s more of a backhander of a fact to United than anything else, it’s a stat that shows Pulis pays (as well as scarpering when he gets paid). So will the Baggies add to their Premier League tally at Chelsea this weekend?
No, they won’t. Can’t see it happening, pal. Chelsea were in tatters at the Etihad last weekend, true, but they emerged from that unscathed and Antonio Conte will make sure they don’t lose their shape so spectacularly on Sunday. Not that the likes of Salomon Rondon would have stretched them. Three points clear at the top, they can pick up their ninth successive win here.
Chelsea were spared because of some atrocious Kevin De Bruyne finishing and the magnificence of their own forward line. The division’s top scorer, Diego Costa scored and grabbed an assist in the 3-1 win. He’s on fire at the minute and is arguably the best player in England, bossing games with his terrific all-round forward play.
Willian came off the bench to score the winning goal against City and this shows their strength in depth. Cesc Fabregas hasn’t been a favourite of Conte’s (in fact, he’s rumoured to be exiting in January) but he came in and deputised ably for Nemanja Matic, setting up Costa’s opener with a fine ball over the top of the defence. We see the Blues winning this to nil.
Chelsea predicted XI: Courtois, Moses, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Alonso, Matic, Kante, Pedro, Hazard, Costa
West Brom predicted XI: Foster, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Dawson, Morrison, Fletcher, Yacob, Brunt, Phillips, Rondón