Mid-table pair West Brom and Aston Villa are both locked on 14 points ahead of their derby showdown at the Hawthorns but aided by home advantage it’s the Baggies that get the nod from bookies, BetVictor installing them as 23/20 favourites to send the Villans home empty-handed.
For starters the pair’s last three meetings have finished all square, Villa have also been pretty resilient on the road this term while the duo are also evenly matched when it comes to league position. Add to the mix the fact that it’s a derby so both teams will be keen to avoid defeat and an inconclusive affair starts to look an attractive proposition.
BetVictor offer an enticing 18/5 about the pair playing out a score draw, it’s 6/1 at William Hill to finish one-apiece and Ladbrokes post a generous 9/2 against scores being level at the end of each half.
Betway meanwhile, quote odds of 3/4 for both teams to find the net and with a scrappy affair certainly not out of the question a case can be made for the first goal to arrive after the 27th minute (evens, Stan James).