West Brom is currently eighth, but only five points separate them from 15th place. To finish in good position, they need to add some more points. But Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu are still injured.
The best virtue of Chelsea this season has been his ability to overcome setbacks. After losing against Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte changed his system and got 13 consecutive wins. After White Hart Lane’s 2-0 defeat in January, there was another run of eight wins. After losing against Manchester United last month, they won Tottenham in the FA Cup and got another series of good results.
Pulis will want to ruin the party of Conte this Friday. The Welshman, like Sam Allardyce or Sean Dyche, is one of the English coaches who will never trained big teams, but who knows perfectly how to cause them problems.
Winning against ‘blues’, who will be champions if they win tonight, perhaps too much to ask for, but there is value in betting on Asian Handicap. West Brom have won three of their last five games against Chelsea, and only three teams, including City and United, have won by more than one goal difference in The Hawthorns this season. Conte’s players have only won six of their 18 away games by two or more goals.