Chelsea v West Brom: Giroud to mark Bridge bow with a goal

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Two managers under pressure meet at Stamford Bridge tonight as Chelsea host West Bromwich Albion.

Blues boss Antonio Conte continues to face mounting speculation over his future following successive defeats to Watford and AFC Bournemouth.

Alan Pardew, on the other hand, has guided West Brom to just a single win in 12 league matches since taking over from Tony Pulis in November.

The Baggies haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1983. They’re 15/2 for an unlikely triumph. The hosts are 4/11 for a first home league victory of 2018. You can back the draw at 18/5.

Games involving these sides don’t tend to produce too many goals. The last three meetings have seen Chelsea win to nil, with two of those coming via a 1-0 scoreline.

Value lies in Both Teams to Score – No, at 4/5.

And with the hosts’ superiority in this fixture a crucial factor, it could also be worth backing Chelsea to Win to Nil for the fourth time in the last seven meetings at 5/4.

Chelsea are expected to make changes for tonight’s match. Olivier Giroud is one of those who could come in for the West Londoners.

The Frenchman has bagged two goals in his last four appearances against West Brom. He’s 5/6 to Score Anytime and 13/5 to Score First.

For the visitors, Daniel Sturridge will be eager to score against the club that let him go five years ago. The England ace is 7/2 to net Anytime.

If the Baggies are to get anything out of the game they’ll need to improve on their dreadful away record. The Midlanders have scored seven goals and picked up just seven points away from the Hawthorns so far this season.

Against Chelsea, who have scored 21 and conceded 10 at the Bridge, they’ll find it tough.

Chelsea to Win and Under 3.5 Goals makes tremendous appeal at 23/20.

Alternatively, we also like the look of the Blues to win 2-0 in the Correct Score market at 11/2.

Click here for the latest Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion odds.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.