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Hodgson’s appointment may not be enough to save West Brom

| 14.02.2011

West Bromwich Albion’s slide down the Premier League table shows no sign of stopping after the Baggies let a three goal lead against West Ham slip

West Brom – who are now only out of the relegation zone because of their superior goal difference to Wigan – were 3-0 up against the Irons, but a brace from Demba Ba and a Carlton Cole header meant that the points were shared between the relegation candidates.

The Baggies appointed ex-Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson as boss this week following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo but he will have his work cut out to get his new side out of trouble.

West Brom’s season started brilliantly. With just two defeats in their first ten games, Di Matteo’s side looked more like European candidates than relegation candidates. However, with just one win in their last ten games, Hodgson’s new team look to be well worth a bet at 6/4 to be playing Championship football next season.

Despite their shock win over Manchester United last week, Wolves’ defeat at Arsenal means they are rooted to the foot of the table and can be backed at 4/6 to still be in the relegation zone come May. It looks like a bet well worth taking on considering Wolves’ poor form in front of goal.

Despite relatively heavy investment over the summer, Wolves have scored just two goals in their last four games – both of them against United – and it’s hard to see them climbing away from trouble.

West Brom and Wolves face each other next weekend with both sides knowing a defeat may give them too much to do in terms of survival.

Wigan currently occupy the final relegation spot and are 1/2 to be relegated at the end of the season

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Richard Anderson