Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Brom v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to continue their recent upturn in form by beating West Brom 2-0 at The Hawthorns

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to continue their recent upturn in form by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Blues head into the game fresh from their impressive 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge before the international break as Antonio Conte’s men revived their Premier League title hopes.

It has been something of a stuttering start to the new campaign for Conte’s side, with the west Londoners already having fallen nine points behind Manchester City in the race for the title.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League table as they bid to try and use the hectic festive period as a chance to climb back towards the top.

And former Liverpool defender is fully expecting to see the Blues have too much for the Baggies on Saturday night as they look to continue their upturn in form.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “West Brom’s Chinese owner Lai Guochuan is flying in for this game, then the Baggies go to Wembley next week to play Tottenham, so no wonder the vultures are circling around boss Tony Pulis.

“Chelsea showed again how good they are in attack and defence when they beat Manchester United last time out, so this is not the fixture Pulis needs when his side are not scoring goals or picking up points.

“Pulis has not won in the league since August and it is hard to see that changing this weekend, although I don’t think this is the game that should decide his future.

“His problem is that the fans seem to have made their minds up that his time is up – and I guess he is about to find out what Lai Guochuan thinks about it too.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title in style last season under Conte but they didn’t have the distraction of European football.

The Blues missed out on the chance to win a domestic double, after they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley back in May.

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