Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois expects Baggies battle


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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois does not expect West Brom to roll over when the two sides meet at the Hawthorns on Friday.

The Blues can wrap up the Premier League title with a win, while Albion have little other than pride to play for after dropping off the pace in the battle for European football.

Chelsea won the reverse fixture 1-0 in December and Courtois is anticipating another close encounter in the Black Country.

The Belgian shot-stopper thinks West Brom will be keen to delay Chelsea’s title celebrations and, as such, he feels the Londoners will have to be at their best when they head to the West Midlands on Friday.

“We know West Brom are a hard team to play against – we had a very tough game here [at Stamford Bridge],” he said.

“Every opponent who goes there has a hard game, they are eighth in the league and have had a very good year.

They might not have the pressure to win the game in terms of their league position but nobody wants to be the team that loses and let other guys have their parties.

“They will give us a very hard game there and we have to stay focused like we were at Everton and against Middlesbrough.”

Chelsea head into the match seeking a fifth successive win in all competitions, while West Brom are win-less in six but they did end a four-match losing run at Burnley with a 2-2 draw last time out.

Chelsea are 1.33 to claim a win on Friday or 5.50 to win 2-0.

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