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Chelsea v West Brom: Stalemate could put final nail in Benitez coffin

| 01.03.2013

Chelsea enter their clash with West Brom as heavy 2/5 favourites at Stamford Bridge, but that price may be best approached with caution in the aftermath of Rafa Benitez’ midweek rant.

In a move sure to anger Blues fans, Benitez said they are wasting their time in not getting behind him, which should make for a frosty atmosphere in London.

That considered, the 5/1 regarding West Brom in the draw no bet market looks good value.

And some may even be tempted to invest in the Baggies to win the game at 7/1, thus recording their third successive victory in the Premier League.

They have also beaten Chelsea the last two times the pair have renewed acquaintances, but could struggle to edge the fixture with Romelu Lukaku ineligible to turn out.

As such, the draw may prove a shrewder investment at 7/2, with half of the visitors’ stalemates this season coming on their travels.

Meanwhile, the fact that both teams possess impressive defensive records this season does not mean an entertaining clash is not in prospect here.

Indeed, either side has been breached on three of the past four occasions the teams have met, with the possibility of a repeat of that 9/10 in this match.

At 19/4, the score draw may see some support, whilst the 1-1 correct score is an appealing prospect at 9/1, given that half of the Baggies’ stalemates this season have ended with this scoreline.

Also, given that Chelsea have thrown away leads to lose or draw in two of their last four Premier League games, the 15/2 that West Brom come from behind to gain a point or win is tempting.

Those who feel the Baggies will need to come from behind may therefore opt to study Blues players in first scorer markets.

Victor Moses could provide value here, with the Nigerian in sparkling form since returning from the African Cup of Nations.

At 8/1, he could follow up his FA Cup strike against Middlesbrough with the opener in this tie.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee