A Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool may have handed West Brom a bit of a lesson last time out, but with Crystal Palace in town, the Baggies should find the bottom side a receptive vehicle to a bounce-back victory.
Crystal Palace earned a fair bit of praise for their spirited performance at home to the Premier League leaders Arsenal, after losing their manager in the week leading up to the game.
However, the net result was still yet another defeat, their eighth in nine league games this season, and this trip to the Hawthorns against a wounded West Brom side is unlikely to offer much in the way of solace or points.
Steve Clarke’s side are certainly worthy of their 3/5 favourites tag with Ladbrokes, especially as they managed to hold the league leaders Arsenal on their last outing at the Hawthorns.
Palace, meanwhile, have been defeated away from home on all four of their previous Premier League trips away from Selhurst Park.
The simple facts are that this Palace defence is more flimsy than a paper cup at this level, borne out by the fact that in seven of their nine league matches – including all four of their away days – the Eagles have conceded at least twice.
Furthermore, the last side who turned up in the west Midlands as table-proppers, Sunderland, were shown no mercy by the Baggies either, as the Black Cats were duly dispatched 3-0.
So, there is plenty of statistical evidence to back up a bet on the hosts grabbing 2-3 goals again here, available at odds of 21/20 or a home win by a margin of two goals at a tempting 18/5.
West Brom scorers have been a little less easy to predict so far this season, with all three of their high-profile new recruits failing to make much impression, in the form of Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon.
However, of these three amigos Sessegnon has been the most impressive and after scoring when Sunderland were the visitors, the Frenchman’s odds of 2/1 to bag anytime looks a goer.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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