West Bromwich Albion are 6/5 to be relegated following the weekend’s results and Monday night’s game with Stoke is a crucial tie in the fight to avoid relegation.
Roy Hodgson’s side entered the relegation zone following Wolverhampton Wanderer’s 4-0 demolition of Blackpool, and the Baggies face a stiff task exiting at the Britannia on Monday.
If you’re a punter who believes in patterns, bet on Stoke to win this tie 4-0 at 33/1 as the only three Premier League ties between the two have resulted in 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 wins for the Potters.
If the 33/1 for Stoke to win 4-0 seems a little audacious, then backing Stoke at 5/6 to beat West Brom looks like great value to start your week in style and the 11/5 for Stoke to win to nil can rid you of that Monday feeling.
West Brom have taken the lowest points total of all the Premier League teams in 2011 and at 10/3 to win they offer very little value and Roy Hodgson faces a tough ask turning the season around.
West Brom’s defending at set-pieces will cause Roy Hodgson plenty of headaches and considering his side have conceded 24 goals from set-pieces this season, it’s highly likely that Rory Delap’s long throws will cause them a problem.
Robert Huth is Stoke’s top scorer and the defender is a big price at 14/1 to be the first goalscorer and plenty of value at 9/2 to score at any time.
Whether Stoke can rack up the four goals remains to be seen, but backing Stoke’s total goals to be over 1.5 at 1/1 looks a strong bet, as does the 6/4 for Stoke to keep a clean sheet.
But the bet of the market is backing the half-time/full-time result to be draw/home win at 7/2 considering Stoke’s penchant for late goals.
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