Michael Owen has backed West Brom to record a third consecutive Premier League defeat when they face Chelsea on Saturday evening.
The Baggies go into that clash rooted to the foot of the table having lost their opening two matches against Leicester City and Everton.
But Owen doesn’t see their fortunes changing when they come up against Frank Lampard’s big-spending Blues.
Speaking to Bet Victor, he said: “With heavy defeats against Leicester and Everton in their opening two games, there’s no respite for newly promoted West Brom.
“Chelsea are the visitors to the Hawthorns this weekend and manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping that the signing of ex-Chelsea veteran, Branislav Ivanovic, can help shore up a defence that has already conceded 8 Premier League goals in their first two games.
“Frank Lampard will have been disappointed with his team’s lacklustre display against Liverpool on Sunday when they were well beaten in a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
“It may take some time for him to bed in all his new signings but he will be demanding a much improved performance against the Baggies and I fancy a comfortable 3-0 win for the Blues.”
Even the most optimistic Baggies fan must be feeling a little apprehensive heading into this one.
Albion took a sound hiding from Everton last weekend, and after Chelsea put six past Barnsley in midweek, it looks as if they might finally be starting to gel as an attacking unit.
That being said, would we lose too much sleep if we were to suffer another defeat here?
If we’re being honest, not particularly, no.
These are not the matches that will define West Brom’s season.
Nobody would reasonably expect us to beat the Blues, barring some kind of minor miracle.
Instead, it’s the next run of fixtures – Southampton, Burnley, Brighton, and Fulham – that we should be viewing as must-win.
If we can get a couple of decent results out of those matches, then our season will be properly up and running.
In other West Brom news, Albion are expecting to complete another signing by the end of the week.