Chelsea will have the chance to secure their fifth Premier League title when they take the trip to the Hawthorns on Friday night to face mid-table West Brom.
Victory over Middlesbrough on Monday night has left the Blues needing three points from their remaining three Premier League matches to clinch the title in Antonio Conte’s first full campaign.
West Brom have little to play for in terms of league position, unable to finish anywhere higher than eighth after a disappointing spell post-Christmas, but they won’t make it easy for Chelsea on Friday.
See below for The Boot Room’s full preview of a potentially title-winning encounter for Chelsea.
After a blistering start to the Premier League season results have gone downhill slightly for Tony Pulis and his side, with the Baggies without a win in their previous six league fixtures.
This run – including three straight home defeats – has allowed the chasing pack below them to catch up, and with three games left their eighth spot in the table is looking under increasing danger.
Chelsea will go into the clash at the Hawthorns full of confidence after their dismantling of Middlesbrough earlier in the week, claiming their 11th victory in the last 15 Premier League games.
Their away form has stuttered lately, however, and it was their run of just four wins in eight games on the road that briefly allowed Tottenham back into the title race over the past three months.
Three consecutive victories in the league – combined with Tottenham’s defeat against West Ham last Friday – have alleviated pressures at Stamford Bridge though, and the title is now theirs to throw away.
West Brom defender Jonny Evans has been passed fit to face Chelsea after being substituted during the 2-2 draw against Burnley with an ankle knock, taking his spot in the centre of defence.
Hal Robson-Kanu has an outside chance of making the starting eleven after recovering from a hamstring injury but Friday is a game too soon for Matt Phillips, who will remain on the side-lines.
The big news for the visitors is that N’Golo Kante could be in line for a return to the starting line-up after missing the 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Monday night with a thigh injury.
Cesc Fabregas looks the likeliest candidate to miss out – despite starring against Middlesbrough – whilst Antonio Conte has said that there are no fresh injury concerns for the trip to the Hawthorns.
Match Prediction: West Brom 0-1 Chelsea
With Chelsea on the verge of securing their first Premier League title for two years – and first under Antonio Conte – it seems like there’s only going to be one outcome from Friday’s clash.
Victory over Middlesbrough earlier in the week leaves the Blues needing one final push to secure the silverware that they’ve been after all season so expect Conte’s men to put everything into winning.
Yet Tony Pulis has made a name for himself crafting teams that are hard to beat, and with West Brom losing their last three games by one-goal it won’t be made a walk in the park for the visitors.
Chelsea have been relentless in their title pursuit this season, however, and with the chance to wrap it up before Tottenham even play again they will want to win on their terms, and win in some style.