The Baggies effectively eased any relegation fears with that 4-0 thumping of the Black Cats and it is clear that confidence is high after that magnificent 5-1 thrashing of Wolves at Molineux that effectively cost Mick McCarthy his job.
Perhaps Andre Villas-Boas will be walking a tightrope should his team be beaten at West Brom and odds of 10/3 (Coral free bets) are surely too big about the Midlands side considering the streak of form they are enjoying, not to mention the fact that the Blues have been wobbling in recent matches.
Chelsea might have achieved a 3-0 win over Bolton last weekend although they sit 5th in the Premier League and have only managed 5 victories on the road from a possible 13.
That victory over Wanderers was their first in six matches and it is debatable whether the visitors are a value price, even at the even money with William Hill. The London side will have one eye on the forthcoming Champions League tussle with Napoli and a draw at 5/2 (Bet Victor) could be by far the better option.
There has been plenty written about Frank Lampard in recent weeks, especially after the England midfielder claimed that he has had a ‘far from ideal’ relationship with the manager, although Lampard was on the scoresheet last weekend and can be backed at 7/1 to score the first goal of the game.