Plunged into crisis and on the verge of firing his coach, Chelsea closes this Monday, February 12, the twenty-seventh round of the English Premier League 2017/2018 edition. From 6pm you will head West Bromwich at Stamford Bridge, London.
Chelsea’s recent performance
Chelsea were massacred by Watford in the previous round. It took 4 to 1 in the house of the rival being dominated by the majority of the time. The game had a defining event. The expulsion of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (24 games in the English Championship 2017/2018, two goals) practically defined the destiny of the confrontation.
However, Watford’s many finishing errors, when the team was 1-0 ahead, allowed the reaction of the blues, who were drawn by Eden Hazard’s long-range shot (22 games, nine goals). Then the great disaster happened. The team took three goals in a six-minute break. He was parked in the 50 points (15 wins, five draws and six losses) occupying the fourth position at the end of the twenty-sixth round.
The three defeats in the last four games have raised speculation about the resignation of Italian coach Antonio Conte. He has a contract until the end of the 2018/2019 season, but his departure is taken for granted by the English press. Only remains to know when. At first, the exchange would happen at the end of the current season. However, poor results can anticipate this decision.
A failure on Monday could be decisive in that regard. Even because the team will face the next day 20 Barcelona for the round of 16 of the European Champions League.
A champion with Chelsea last season, Conte began to run into conflict with the board at the end of the tournament when he dismissed, by SMS, the Spanish national Diego Costa, who was the team’s top scorer in the conquest. This made the team take a loss. Despised, the athlete did not dispense with other offers, he remained six months without action and hoped that Chelsea would lower the amount required to return to Atletico Madrid.
It was only the first in a series of relationship problems involving the coach. He had problems with athletes, directors and completed the sequence criticizing even the owner of the club. It was the sign that he will not fulfill his entire contract with the club.
One of the main reasons for Conte’s complaints was the lack of hiring. The club even moved to content it, offering mainly one more option for the attack command. It closed with Arsenal’s Oliver Giroud (a game, no goal). However, in the first game that had the athlete available and without being able to count on the other option for position, the Spaniard Alvaro Morata (20 games, ten goals), who was injured, he simply left the new contractor on the bench placing -o only in the second half when the team was at a disadvantage on the scoreboard and with one less athlete.
The current form of West Bromwich
West Bromwich holds the Premier League lantern and knows they will remain in the twentieth position at the end of the twenty-seventh round. He has 20 points (three wins, 11 draws and 12 losses). By the end of Matchday 26, he was four fewer than Stoke and Huddersfield, who were also in the relegation zone.
To make matters worse for coach Alan Pardew, the medical department is full. They are doing treatment to recover from injuries defenders Jonny Evans (21 games in English Championship 2017/2018, two goals) and Kieran Gibbs (21 games, no goal); and Nacer Chadli (three games, one goal), Grzegorz Krychowiak (18 games without a goal), Jake Livermore (23 games without a goal), James Morrison (four games, one goal) and Hal Robson-Kanu , two goals).
History of the bouts between Chelsea and West Bromwich
In the last five games involving the teams, Chelsea got four wins and there was a draw. That includes the 4 to 0 applied in the first round of the current season of the English Championship. West Bromwich never managed to beat the rival in London.
There is no doubt about the wide technical superiority of Chelsea. However, the tumultuous atmosphere in the club makes room for a risky guess in this duel. Victory of the West Bromwich chance allows a return of 8.00 for each real invested in Bet365. Consecutive success earns 1.33 and tie pays 5.25. Quotes were in effect at 16:19 on 8/2/2018.