After stunning starts to their respective campaigns, both West Brom and West Ham have suffered a worrying dip in form of late. The Baggies for example, have lost three on the spin to slip to sixth while for their part the Hammers have carded a trio of defeats across their last four outings and subsequently the pair will be desperate to revive their fortunes as they lock horns at the Hawthorns.
Home advantage means that Steve Clarke’s troops are BetVictor’s 21/20 favourites for the points, with the visitors available at 14/5 via Stan James and the draw on offer with bet365 at 5/2, a price that could prove popular given the two teams’ recent results.
Indeed the pair’s previous three meetings have ended all square, the last one ending 3-3 in February 201 and it’s 80/1 (Stan James) for that scoreline to be replicated in this one. A more realistic stalemate flutter is William Hill’s 6/1 chalked against it finishing one apiece but Albion are strong on their own patch, where they have the Premier League’s second best defensive record and they should just about have enough to get back on track.
Nevertheless, a tight encounter seems inevitable between a couple of sides short on confidence and a case can be made for a Baggies victory by a one-goal margin at 3/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes. Similarly, in a match that’s 8/11 (Skybet) to see both teams find the net, Stan James’ 17/2 for Clarke’s charges to shade it 2-1 isn’t without appeal while Romelu Lukaku is arguably the value bet in the first scorer market at 13/2 with Paddy Power.
West Brom to beat West Ham by a one-goal margin – 3/1 (Ladbrokes)