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West Brom have perfect conditions to keep up Chelsea hoodoo

| 17.05.2015

Secretly, Chelsea fans may thank their lucky stars that the Premier League title race is already sewn up heading into their penultimate game of the season against West Brom, as a poor recent record at the Hawthorns could have been quite a banana skin.

Although the title is heading back to Stamford Bridge after a five-year absence, there is still plenty of reasons to think that Tony Pulis’ men can keep their strong recent record at home to the west Londoners up.

The Baggies are undefeated in three straight home games against Chelsea and rate as strong 3/1 chances for victory on Monday night given that recent run.

A 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns last time the sides met was preceded by two wins in the previous campaigns. Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie secured a 2-1 triumph in 2012, while Gareth McAuley scored the only goal of the game in the previous season.

The Baggies have strong current form behind them too, having gone the last four games unbeaten and seeing of a number of top-six sides along the way.

Clean sheets against Liverpool and Manchester United will certainly boost their confidence ahead of hosting the Blues, while the one-goal victory they secured over Louis van Gaal’s men shows that toppling the big boys is certainly not beyond them.

Although Chelsea have a stellar set of form of their own having last tasted defeat in any competition in January, the hangover they may be feeling from claiming the league title may just be enough to let West Brom in.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.