Our first 15 to 1 bet and we’re off to the Hawthorns where West Brom entertain West Ham United.
Did someone mention Europe?! No sooner had the pundits revved up the West Brom bandwagon then the wheels fell off – losing 3 on the bounce. Nevertheless Steve Clarke has just scooped the November Manager of the Month award as reward for getting West Brom to 6th, above both Arsenal and Liverpool and despite the historic curse of such an award, we think Clarke will get his players up for this home game against his former employers. They do have a few injury doubts, notably over Foster and Ridgwell, but their cover seems more than adequate. West Brom are typified by the sum of the their parts proving greater than the individuals and they’ll work hard to dominate the midfield battle which is where we feel this game will be won and lost.
For the Hammers the glaring absence, which to us makes this a bet worth having, is no Mohamed Diame. You only need to know he didn’t play the first half against Chelsea and the last 17 minutes against Liverpool to see what an impact he has, as both games saw a six point swing after his introduction and withdrawal. This is coupled with the manner of the 3-2 reverse to Liverpool last time up might just have had more of a psychological effect than big Sam will let on.
Bet 1 – West Brom to win @ 2.05 – Stake £25