Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Mark Lawrenson Premier League predictions: Chelsea to beat West Brom


Chelsea will secure the title with a victory away to West Bromwich Albion on Friday night, with Conte's switch to a 3-4-3 formation earlier in the campaign having played a key part in the progress that his team have made.

"Now the most important thing is to reach our target".

Even if they slip up against the Baggies, Chelsea will still be overwhelming favourites given they need just three points from their final three league games this season to take the title. "The size of club we are, if we can keep doing that, it's a fantastic achievement".

"From that point of view I think it's very nice to hopefully be able to lift that Premier League title soon".

The Blues have responded well to their defeat at Manchester United just under a month ago by winning all three Premier League matches since, as well as perhaps scoring a psychological advantage in the title race by defeating nearest rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup.

"Whether they celebrate on our pitch or back at Stamford Bridge, they deserve to be where they are for what they've done so far".

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"I have to say thanks to my players because it's not easy to adapt to a new method, new philosophy and also to work very hard, to change totally your work, if you compare the work this season to the past".

Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic all found the net as Conte's men condemned their struggling visitors to relegation in emphatic fashion and eased seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who suffered a shock defeat against West Ham last Friday. We are excited but this is football, you have to concentrate until the last minute and we will see. "I'm used to playing every single game for every club I've been at, but I feel I've matured a lot this year. It is big and this is our answer to Tottenham because they won nine games and lost only one in their last 10 games". The most important thing is not the single person, me or the future of the players.

"Now we are very close", Conte said. We must not forget we have to take three points in these three games.

Courtois added: "We hope to do it at the first attempt".

"They deserve to be where they are, they've been the most consistent team in the league this year and they come to our place with a chance of winning it", he told a pre-match news conference. We have to rest well and prepare for West Brom.

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