Andre Villas-Boas saw his Chelsea team denied three points at the Britannia Stadium thanks to some last-ditch Stoke defending, although home comforts at Stamford Bridge should ensure that the Blues are off and running against the Baggies.
Chelsea are a best price 1/3 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to claim victory on Saturday evening and the manager is likely to stick with the same players that started last Sunday’s opening game which would mean Fernando Torres spearheading the attack.
Torres is available at 7/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to score the first goal of the game against a West Brom team that were narrowly beaten by Manchester United in their opening match, with the Spaniard looking sharp against Stoke.
Didier Drogba (4/1 bet365) and Nicolas Anelka (5/1 Unibet) are likely to be on the bench, although Florent Malouda (7/1 Blue Square) looks like a big price to break the deadlock if AVB employs him in an attacking wide position.
The Baggies were beaten 6-0 in this fixture last season before acclimatising to life in the Premier League under Roberto Di Matteo and then Roy Hodgson. Di Matteo will be sitting in the Chelsea dug-out on Saturday and you can get 11/1 that he watches his former side come away from the Bridge with a maximum haul.
The pressure will certainly be off the visitors, who are 9/2 with Betfred to draw the match and cause AVB to experience a stuttering start to his managerial career at Chelsea. Shane Long scored on his debut last weekend and the Republic of Ireland forward is 14/1 (Paddy Power) to break the deadlock.
With Petr Cech missing in goal , Villas-Boas needs to decide whether Ross Turnbull or Hilario start between the sticks, although that is no reason as to why William Hill offer 23/20 that the home side win to nil.