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Fixture list suggests it’s time to back West Brom for relegation

| 26.09.2013

Four points from their last two games has resulted in West Brom jumping clear of the Premier League relegation places and up to the dizzy heights of 14th in the standings.

It has also caused their price to be relegated this season to climb to 5/1, but, now looks the optimum time to back the Baggies to finish in the bottom three given their upcoming fixture list.

Of their next six league games, four of them are on the road, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea among the opposition.

Meanwhile, high-flying Arsenal, who have been especially productive on their travels with 10 straight successes on the road, are one of two visitors to the Hawthorns.

This looks the worst run of fixtures of all of the top-flight’s clubs, as even though Sunderland have Liverpool, Man Utd and Manchester City in their next six, all are at home.

Looking back at their past records against their upcoming foes, West Brom have conceded at least twice in each of last 11 meetings with Man Utd and four of their last five visits to Old Trafford have ended in defeats to nil.

Furthermore, they have lost on all of their seven Premier League visits to Chelsea.

There is some better news ahead of their trip to Anfield, however, as they have left Liverpool with three points on both of their last two visits.

West Brom may have improved in their last two fixtures this season, but punters should not get carried away with their sudden upgrading of results.

After all, aside from their three goals against Sunderland, who have conceded three more than any other Premier League club this season, Steve Clarke’s men have managed just a single goal across their four other games.

It would be no surprise if they obtained the fewest points of the Premier League’s 20 clubs across the next six fixtures and should this occur, they will certainly be a shorter price than 5/1 to be relegated.

In terms of their next game at Man Utd, the Red Devils are 1/1 to win to nil again and 2/7 to simply collect the three points.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.