The feeling that West Brom have hung up their boots for the season is so strong that very few fans at the Hawthorns for the season-closer against Manchester United would bat an eyelid if the Baggies jogged out to the thwack, thwack, thwack of 11 pairs of flip-flops hitting the turf. United may have been winding down too, but their superior quality should see them ease to a victory to send their legendary manager into the sunset with a smile.
A glance at the league form ledger gives the distinct impression Steve Clarke’s men decided to draw stumps after their highly satisfactory 3-0 victory over Southampton and they’ve lost all three of their fixtures since.
Goals have been off the agenda in successive goalless away visits to the Etihad and Carrow Road and their recent history with their illustrious guests suggests that fans of the Baggies won’t be giving it too much of the boing-boing-boing in the stands during this fixture.
United have triumphed to nil in their last two clashes against West Brom, an eventuality that can be invested in at 23/10.
With the exception of Swansea – who have only completed one top-flight campaign – the Red Devils lead all current Premier League incumbents in average points-per-game earned in the season’s final fixture (in the 19 seasons all final matches were played on the same day) with a healthy 2.37.
Given they’ve won the Premier League 12 times during that period, it scotches any suggestion that United have eased up in final games in the past, making backing them for success at 3/4 not such a worrying proposition.
United haven’t been the most extravagant scorers on the road since the turn of the year, with the 4-0 New Year’s Day win at the DW Stadium the only time they notched more than a brace in 11 2013 road games.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have posted exactly two goals in their last six meetings with West Brom and the Red Devils’ defence have kept an impressive nine clean sheets in 2013. With this in mind the 2-0 in their favour looks the tally to be on at 9/1 in the correct score betting.
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