Roy Hodgson takes charge of West Brom for the first time and he’s 10/11 with Totesport to make a winning start as Baggies boss, against Wolves.
Roy Hodgson watched from the stands last week as nervy West Brom let slip a 3-0 lead to only collect a point against West Ham. The Baggies might have ended up with even less given the number of times the visitors hit the Hawthorns woodwork and the incoming Albion boss will be well aware that his side needs to tighten up at the back if they are to survive.
The former Liverpool manager’s first game in full control of team affairs is another six-pointer, this time against Wolves and he’s 10/11 courtesy of Totesport to make an instant impact by presiding over a crucial home win.
For their part, Mick McCarthy’s side are a 7/2 chance at while a draw is quoted at 3.6 (13/5) by Betdaq and William Hill offer 13/2 for it to finish one-each but with Hodgson in place, the Baggies could benefit from an immediate spike in their form and they shade it in terms of value.
Nevertheless a close affair is inevitable and Albion are 11/4 (888Sport) to nick it by a solitary goal. However, as the hosts haven’t managed a clean sheet since the second game of the campaign, a 1-0 scoreline (7/1, Ladbrokes) seems unlikely and indeed both teams are set to find the net, an outcome quoted by Partybets at 4/6.
Stan James’ 8/1 for West Brom to run out 2-1 winners catches the eye then in a fixture that is 8/11 with Betfred to produce at least three goals and that result would prove profitable for punters tackling bet365’s 7/4 marked against a home win combined with a tally of over 2.5 goals.
In terms of breaking the deadlock, Peter Odemwingie is the man bookies fear most, the Nigerian attacker chalked up at just 5/1 by bet365 to notch first and at 13/10 (Coral) to strike at any stage. The Baggies meanwhile, were quickly out of the blocks last weekend and early goals could be on the agenda in this one too; Paddy Power price the opener at 10/11 to arrive inside 24 minutes.
West Brom to win and over 2.5 goals in the game – 7/4 (bet365)