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Blues can return to winning ways

Blues can return to winning ways


Chelsea have the perfect opportunity to get back on track on Monday when they play rock-bottom West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

After winning the Premier League last season, the Blues face a battle to secure a top-four finish this term while it is looking increasingly likely that Antonio Conte will not be in charge of the club in 2018/19.

Both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo were sacked as Chelsea managers after fixtures against West Brom, but Conte can avoid that fate by guiding his team to a routine 2-0 victory, which is available at 23/4.

Chelsea have only won one of their last five top-flight fixtures and incredibly lost their last two to mid-table outfits they would normally be expected to swat aside – 3-0 at home to Bournemouth and 4-1 at Watford.

They can now be backed at 11/1 to win the Premier League without Manchester City but should be able to get the better of an Albion team that have managed to win only three Premier League matches all season – and just one of the last 24, last month’s 2-0 victory against Brighton.

There have been some glimmers of hope for the Baggies recently although last weekend’s 3-2 home loss to Southampton was a major setback and they head to the capital five points adrift at the foot of the table.

The ever-willing Salomon Rondon has played well since the turn of the year and it may be worth checking out odds of 17/4 on the Venezuelan scoring at any time at Stamford Bridge while the Baggies are 11/2 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Chelsea thrashed West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns in November and, despite the Blues’ recent woes, it is difficult to see how Alan Pardew’s side can stop them completing the double over them.

It may take a while for Chelsea to overcome Albion though so a win for Conte’s team from behind should be considered at odds of 11/2.

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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.