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Pressure mounting on West Brom’s survival bid

| 02.02.2011

West Brom may have showed some desirable determination to grab a late equaliser against Wigan, but this has not prevented their Premier League odds shortening to 5/2 to be relegated this season.

Marc-Antoine Fortune struck 11 minutes from time to secure West Brom a 2-2 draw and with both teams finding themselves in a relegation scrap, every point that is gained or lost over the remainder of the campaign could be even more significant.

West Brom were 3/1 to finish in the bottom three ahead of their home clash with Wigan and in the context of the season they may see it as two points dropped, rather than one gained.

This is because it is widely agreed upon that teams in relegation trouble have to win their home games against the other sides around them in order to boost their survival chances.

Aside from Wigan, so far this season West Brom have beaten all of their leading rivals at the Hawthornes, with three points collected against Birmingham, Fulham and Blackpool.

Meanwhile, they still have their home encounters with West Ham and Wolves to look forward to and victories in these games are becoming increasingly important as the weeks tick by.

West Brom may now have lost six of their last eight games to sit just three points outside the relegation places, but arguably Wigan are in equally worse form.

Their failure to hang on to victory against West Brom means they have still only won once in the Premier League since November.

Survival is not looking good for Wigan, particularly as they have away games with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City still to look forward to, while they have tough home games with Manchester United and Tottenham.

This run in and their inability to win games makes them worthy favourites in the Premier League betting to be relegated at 4/9.

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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.