The omens are good that Roy Hodgson will secure victory in his first game as manager of West Brom and therefore they may be worth backing at 10/11 to win their highly important tussle with Wolves.
Not only is the game a Midlands derby, but the clash at the Hawthorns takes on added importance this season because it could have a major say in which teams are relegated from the Premier League.
Wolves will be desperate for maximum points as they look to move off the bottom of the standings, while Hodgson’s first job will be to try to improve West Brom’s record of one victory in ten top-flight games.
West Brom have triumphed in six of the last nine fixtures between the pair and are unbeaten in their last eight meetings at home.
Wolves’ betting odds are 10/3 to beat West Brom and to do so they will have to significantly improve on their form this season against their chief relegation rivals.
Mick McCarthy’s team have claimed just one point in five matches against teams in the bottom five of the table, while they have lost 13 of their last 16 Premier League away games.
However, their last away victory did come against a Liverpool team managed at the time by Hodgson.
To Keep A Clean Sheet
One of the features of Hodgson’s time as manager of Fulham was that they were tough to score against and there is every chance that making West Brom harder to break down will be one of his first tasks.
Keeping out the opposition has proved particularly difficult for West Brom this season as it has been 24 games since they last kept a clean sheet, while they have let in at least two in their last ten Premier League games.
West Brom have prevented Wolves scoring in the last three encounters between the pair and it is 11/8 in the Premier League betting that they keep another clean sheet, while odds of 11/5 are available that they win to nil.
A £25 stake on West Brom beating Wolves 1-0 would return £175. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.