Cardiff are enduring the kind of run they would have been fearing from their step-up to the big time, where goals have dried up like a well in the Sahara Desert.
If Malky Mackay was under any illusions about the toughness of picking up three points in the Premier League after defeating Manchester City on that hazy August afternoon, then the Scot is sure to have readjusted his thinking since.
Only twice since then (13 games) have Cardiff picked up maximum points, while they’ve failed to claim the full complement in their last five consecutively.
As with most struggling sides, the goals have ceased to flow and although West Brom’s form graph has taken on a similar tumble – they have picked up exactly the same results in their last five, only in a different order – their ability to find the net gives them the advantage.
The blank the Baggies drew in their last game against Norwich was actually their first in seven league outings, while on four occasions the midland’s outfit have scored at least twice – which includes games against Chelsea and Man City.
Therefore, punters may well find it prudent to think about taking Steve Clarke’s 19/10-rated outsiders to triumph over the goal-shy Bluebirds – afforded 6/4 favourite status, with the draw at 21/10.
A dip into the annals only serves to placate the theory further, as in seven trips to either Cardiff’s shiny new gaff or the rather more antiquated Ninian Park, West Brom have not lost in seven attempts.
Taking the Hawthorns-dwellers to do grab two more goals at the Cardiff City Stadium is also a 19/10 shot, while the fact Cardiff are yet to go into the break ahead in the league all season adds value to the 11/10 on a draw being the half-time result.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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