BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has casted a predictable cloud over West Brom and backs Chelsea to coast to a comfortable 2-0 win on Saturday.
Albion travel to West London more in hope than expectation with 33 points and 15 places currently separating the sides in the Premier League.
The visitors need wins at a rapid rate as they sink into the quicksand of immediate relegation back to the Championship and no less than a win will suffice here.
But Lawrenson has given that thought short shrift in his weekly predictions on the BBC website as he forecasts a difficult afternoon for Sam Allardyce and his charges.
He said: “Nothing is really going to change about the way either side plays, so it is hard to look past a routine Blues win, with another clean sheet under Thomas Tuchel – who has not lost any of his 14 games in charge.”
This will be Albion’s 30th Premier League game of the season and Lawro has still yet to predict a victory for them this season [BBC] – in fact, he has only backed them to pick up four points all season, less than half of their nearest challengers Fulham (nine).
Don’t expect sparks to fly
2-0 seems the most likely outcome given Chelsea’s recent results.
In 14 games under Thomas Tuchel the Blues have won by this scoreline on five occasions, more times than any other.
They are still yet to lose under the German since he replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, but curiously they are also yet to score more than twice in a game.
That hands a slight bit of hope to Big Sam and given that Albion have only conceded twice in the last five games, a glut of goals is not expected in this fixture, a far cry from the previous encounter which saw Chelsea battle back from three goals to level it 3-3.
Maybe the Baggies boss will remind his team that Chelsea will always give you a chance by failing to run away with the game. That can, really, be the only source of optimism he offers.
Shorn of the services of the ineligible Conor Gallagher, their task will be even tougher than usual.
In other West Brom news, Big Sam calls on Albion loanee to extend Hawthorns stay.