West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
Monday 18th May 2015, The Hawthorns. Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-Off 8:00pm.
Chelsea will want to show no signs of easing off after claiming this year’s Premier League title and next up is a trip to The Hawthorns for Monday evening’s encounter against West Bromwich Albion.
The Blues secured their fourth Premier League title, their first since 2009/10, two weekends ago with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and followed it up with a 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool to move them 11 clear of second-placed Manchester City with only two league games to play.
Speaking after their Liverpool encounter, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois expressed how his team want to keep showing their quality despite having already taken top spot.
“We wanted to show that even though we are champions we still want to win our games,” the Belgian stopper explained to chelseafc.com.
“We know as a champion people want to win against you. Everyone is ready for that next season and we don’t want to let that happen.
“In training everybody was sharp, everybody enjoyed it and that’s how we want to face the last few weeks – by enjoying training, enjoying the games and trying to get good results.”
West Brom secured Premier League survival with a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United last Saturday and enter this weekend riding a four-game unbeaten run.
After ensuring their top flight status, Baggies defender Joleon Lescott has warned his side they can not rest and must continue to move forward.
“Obviously we want to progress,” Lescott told wba.co.uk.
“I’m sure the aim for every single Premier League team would be to progress.
“It doesn’t matter what you have achieved, you always want to progress and we are no different.
“I am sure the manager will have ideas for next season and hopefully the club back him so that we can move forward.
“We don’t want to be involved in a relegation battle next year, no team wants to be involved in a relegation battle.
“You never know what other teams are going to do or what they are going to be like.”
West Brom are in good form but the Champions have been in formidable for most of the campaign and, at good price of 21/20 with SkyBet, a Chelsea win looks on the cards.
Chelsea win 21/20 (SkyBet)