Soccer Picks: Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Betting Preview

Steven Suarez

Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:27 PM GMT

The Blues are coming off a great performance in the Champions League. Let's see if they can carry over momentum and overcome West Brom.


Odds Overview

Chelsea plays in the comfortable confines of Stamford Bridge once again and can be located at -350 to win. The visiting Baggies are above +1000 and a draw is anywhere from +475 to +500 on most soccer odds boards.

Chelsea 

Last weekend was rough for Jose Mourinho's men. They lost 2-0 away to Newcastle, a killer blow in the Premier League race.

However, the Blues then came back and looked sharp in their Champions League triumph over Schalke at home. Samuel Eto'o scored a brace and Demba Ba added a late goal to give Chelsea three important points in the group.

It was an interesting team selection from Mourinho, but his hand was forced a little bit. Fernando Torres has picked up an injury and will be out for some time, meaning Eto'o and Ba will rotate into the striker position.

Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, David Luiz and Ashley Cole all started on the bench in the win over the German side. You'd have to think all four will play a part in this weekend's date with the Baggies.

Chelsea takes a sparkling clean home record into the match. They've won all five of their matches there while posting a goal differential of plus nine. Another victory would keep the pressure high on Arsenal and others like Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.

West Brom

It's amazing how emotions can change so suddenly in the Premier League, but that's what makes it such a special league. 

One week after getting embarrassed 4-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, the Baggies came back and beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at home. Saido Berahino and Gareth McAuley scored the goals in the win against the last-place Eagles.

The three points mean West Brom is in 11th place in the Premier League – they've recorded three wins, four draws and three losses through 10 fixtures, with 10 goals scored and 10 goals allowed.

McAuley and Berahino have both scored two league goals this season, as has Morgan Amalfitano, but that's been about it in terms of goalscoring production. You know you've got problems when your leading scorers have only netted two league goals for the entire season.

When it comes to their away form, West Brom has been decent. They've played five matches outside of their stadium and have one win, three draws, and a loss to their name. It's going to take a herculean effort all over the pitch for the Baggies to avoid a loss on Saturday. 

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Premier League Pick

West Brom can prove to be a tough team to break down – Steve Clarke is a well-respected manager who knows what he's doing tactically – but Chelsea has all of the star names and plenty of experience to go with it. That difference in quality will be the deciding factor for our soccer picks

The Blues have been terrific in domestic play at Stamford Bridge and we expect the good times to keep rolling with another win this weekend. The Baggies just don't possess the necessary firepower in attack to truly test Chelsea here. 

A win is crucial here for the Blues as they try to keep up with Arsenal in the league. Let's side with the home team with our sports picks. 

Soccer Pick: Chelsea 2 West Brom 0