Chelsea definitely lost title race in England and are at 5th position at this moment with 22 points less than leaders Manchester City, that is simple huge difference, this team will be satisfied with one of top four spots and tonight will host West Brom, in this match at Stamford Bridge must win to overtake Tottenham and climb up to 4th position. However Chelsea aren't in some great form, actually probably are in worst shape since this season started, in last round of Premier league were defeated on the road against Watford with convincing result, they played with one man less on the pitch for 60 minutes and simple couldn't confront to a decent hosts which scored four goals and Chelsea managed to score only one via Hazard, before that at this stadium they were defeated by Bournemouth with another convincing result in match where were better side but despite had initiative they had lack of accuracy and were punished. In last ten matches hosts achieved only two straight victories while in FA Cup eliminated Norwich only after penalties, from League Cup this team was eliminated two weeks ago by Arsenal, tonight they must get back on the tracks and against team which simple weren't so great so far they should be able to celebrate without much troubles still they must show much more than in recent games. Chelsea are having great players but their coach Conte is complaining about their bench since this campaign started, they won the Premier league in last season but they didn't played in Europe and now after reaching knockout stage in Champions league didn't had much luck with a draw and will play against Barcelona in one week, all in all they must win this duel and another failure isn't acceptable. Chelsea scored four goals without conceding in first duel with West Brom in this season and i believe that can overcome them once again. Let's just add that Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (24/2) is suspended, midfielder Ross Barkley (1/0) and forward Alvaro Morata (20/10) are injured while defender Andreas Christensen (19/0) is in doubt due to a minor injury.
West Brom on the other side are having problems in this season and how the things stands at this moment they are main candidates for relegation, currently are at rock bottom of the table and seven points are away from safe zone, this is their 8th consecutive season in English Premier league and it will be really difficult to survive unless they don't show some significant improving of their form. Tonight are facing with strong Chelsea and despite opponent aren't in their best form i still don't believe that West Brom can surprise and earn points on this trip to London. Guests were defeated by Southampton at home in previous round and Saints were better in that duel, before that in match against Manchester City couldn't avoid convincing defeat and here will be really hard to achieve positive outcome. This team scored only 21 goal in 26 matches in Premier league while in defense neither were great and conceded 37 goals so far, against Chelsea which undoubtedly knows how to score i don't see how can avoid conceding couple of goals. After perfect start and two victories in league and one in League Cup West Brom went out of the tracks and this team had really long series of more than four months without single victory in all competitions, they started good in this calendar year but things went wrong again but we must consider the fact that last two defeats were against strongest team in league at he moment and Southampton which are also decent side. This will be another very hard match for guests and i simple doubt that will manage to confront to Chelsea here and earn something. Guests can't count on injured midfielders Nacer Chadli (3/1), James Morrison (4/1), Jake Livermore (23/0) and forward Hal Robson-Kanu (16/2).
Chelsea are having some bad period in their game and must show improving very soon, this is match which hosts must win and they for sure have enough quality to outplay West Brom which are one of main candidates for relegation and despite showed improving in last few weeks i still don't think that can avoid conceding couple of goals tonight.