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Rupert Wyman 18th Aug 2011 - 11:26

They thought he'd always be a red - Torres!

Chelsea face West Brom in their first home game of the season, they will be looking at picking up all three points after they only managed a draw at Stoke last weekend. Chelsea have won all ten Premier League games against West Brom and they are 3/10 to repeat the feat.

The draw is 4/1 and an away win is 9/1. It is difficult to see the Blues being beaten at Stamford Bridge and they will be seething about the draw at Stoke. The Potters 'parked the bus' in-front of their goal at the Britannia with the intention of getting a point.

They never looked like beating Chelsea and they defended for their lives. Chelsea were not poor, they failed to take their chances and struggled to break down a resilient defence.

West Brom had home advantage against Man United last weekend and they were unfortunate to lose 2-1. Man Utd were rusty but Hodgson has impressed as manager of the club since the controversial sacking of Di Matteo.

The Baggies recouped more points from losing positions than any other team last season. They are 10/1 to come from behind and win or draw but it is unlikely that Chelsea will not get three points after going ahead.

Chelsea may change their starting line-up, Drogba has a fantastic record against them, he has scored eight goals in seven Premier League meetings.  He is 5/2 to score the first goal and he needs to earn a permanent starting position.

Torres looked re-born against Stoke and the only thing lacking from his performance was a goal. He should start alongside Drogba. The striker looks settled and his £50 million pound British transfer record move from Liverpool is old news. He is 5/2 to score first and he is 5/2 to put two or more past West Brom.

West Brom look quite strong going forward, they can call upon their record signing Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie. Peter should be fit for the match after an ankle problem and he could be a real threat in-front of goal. He is 5/1 to score anytime and Chelsea looked indecisive at times in defence against Stoke.

Shane Long's fee was about £7.0m and the 24-year-old scored twenty-five goals last season for Reading. He should be able to handle the top-flight and he is 14/1 to score the last goal of the match , a consolation goal for the Baggies.

Chelsea started last season in-form but it make take them forty-five minutes before they can break down the Baggies. The half-time draw and the full-time Chelsea win is 17/5 and the Baggies are a tough outfit as they proved against Man United last week.  There is no value in the 8/11 Chelsea/Chelsea, the Blues are lacking a creative player and at times look short of ideas.

Ramires looked sharp for Chelsea in their opening game and his darting runs are special. He has a good shot from distance and he has finally settled down at the club, he looks a good bet to open the scoring at 10/1.




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