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Saturday, 17 November 2012

West Brom v Chelsea: Can the Baggies beat the Blues?


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West brom v Chelsea

Chelsea have a lot to thank West Brom for. If it wasn't for Gareth McAuley's late winner against them at the Hawthorns last season Roman Abramovich may have kept faith with Andre Villas-Boas and the Champions League and FA Cup double masterminded by Roberto Di Matteo may have never happened. So I'd like to think there will be a bit of respect shown by the Chelsea fans today.

With former number two Steve Clarke in the dugout at the Baggies, and former Albion boss Di Matteo at the helm at Chelsea, it just goes to prove that football is a funny old game. But although there will be a few jokes shared before kick-off, once the whistle is blown both sides will be getting straight down to business.

West Brom got back to winning ways last weekend against Wigan but Chelsea remain without a league win since beating Spurs three games ago following their draw at home to Liverpool.

Chelsea have fallen from first to third over the past few weeks and Di Matteo will be eager to put the pressure on leaders Manchester United, who play Norwich in the evening kick-off. But West Brom are no pushovers. Gone are the days when Chelsea could roll over the Baggies and tickle their bellies. The Albion have a real steel about them defensively and are inventive going forward too. Chelsea will have to work for everything this afternoon.

Victory for Chelsea could put them back on top - depending on City's result with Villa - but a win for the Baggies will see them climb to within a point of the champions of Europe.

But who will come out on top? A few weeks ago this would have been an away win for sure. Today the panel is not so certain.

West Brom v Chelsea; Kick Off 3pm November 17 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

TBA

V

TBA

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

1

V

3

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

2

Man United

Alex Richert

2

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

3

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

3

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

1

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

3

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

0

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

0

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

4

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

TBA

V

TBA

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

3

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

2

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

1

Panel Verdict

Away win.

Home: 6; Draw: 11; Away: 14. TBA 3.

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