Soccer Picks: Chelsea vs. West Bromwich

Steven Suarez

Friday, March 1, 2013 5:05 PM GMT

Rafa Benitez is not happy at all, but his Blues have an excellent chance of getting a good result at home against West Brom this weekend.


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Chelsea is listed as a 1/2 favorite on the soccer odds board, while West Brom is priced out at 33/5. A draw is listed at 7/2.

Three goals were scored in the first meeting between these two sides, so the OVER 2.5 goals could be worth an extended look with your sports picks. Track the live odds over at SBRodds.com.

Chelsea

Days after losing 2-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad, Chelsea responded in the right way by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the FA Cup.

Boro put up a solid resistance at first, but the Blues finally broke the duck early in the second half with a deflected goal that was credited to Fernando Torres. Close to twenty minutes later, Victor Moses finished off a great team move to put Chelsea 2-0 up.

Even with the win, the boss was infuriated and let everyone know about it. Benitez launched an astonishing attack on supporters, lamenting how he's been hit with the “interim” tag and how he deserves much more respect considering what he's been able to accomplish in his past managerial roles.

Getting a result against West Brom in front of the fans could help get them on his side. The Blues have been a little too inconsistent, but they're still right in the thick of things in the Premier League race.

Currently in fourth place, Chelsea is two back of third-placed Tottenham and an automatic bid into the Champions League next season. However, the Blues also have Arsenal and even the likes of Everton, West Brom and Liverpool on their heels, so they have to keep getting points wherever possible.

West Brom

Steve Clarke has his team playing good soccer once again. The Baggies have notched two straight league wins.

The first win was the most impressive. They went into Anfield and beat Liverpool 2-0, with Clarke getting the best of his former employers. Then, West Brom held on to beat Sunderland 2-1 at home this past weekend.

With six points out of six over their last two, the Baggies have moved up to the seventh spot in the league table. They're just seven points out of a Europa League spot and nine points out of a Champions League place.

Still, West Brom supporters know their team hasn't been near its best away from home. In all, they've only won four of 13 away matches, while sporting a goal differential of minus-six.

The Baggies will also be unable to call on Romelu Lukaku, as he's ineligible to play against the team that loaned him out. That's tough for West Brom, considering he's leading the team with 12 league goals.

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The first meeting of the season ended in a 2-1 win for West Brom. Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie scored for the Baggies, while Eden Hazard got the lone Chelsea goal.

And though Steve Clarke has his side feeling confident in their ability, we believe Chelsea will get some revenge by locking down all three points when the final whistle sounds.

West Brom has found it hard to reach their best form away from home, while the Blues have looked far more disciplined defensively at Stamford Bridge. The likes of Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata can shred opposing back-lines with ease and we wouldn't be surprised if any of those three get on the score-sheet this weekend.

What it boils down to though is we see Chelsea getting the win and that's how you should hit the windows with your Football Betting Tickets.

Soccer Picks: Chelsea 3 West Brom 1 at William Hill