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West Brom vs Wigan – Vela liable to score debut goal

| 01.02.2011

Carlos Vela will feel he has a point to prove after seeing his first-team opportunities limited at Arsenal and at 6/5 looks decent betting value to score at any time on his West Brom debut at home to Wigan.

Match Odds

West Brom and Wigan are currently the two most out of form teams in the Premier League and both will feel that a win is almost a necessity to boost their chances of avoiding relegation this season.

The Baggies have won just one of their last seven games, while Wigan have taken the three points on a single occasion in the top flight since November, which equates to one win in 11 league games.

West Brom’s betting odds are 8/11 to beat Wigan, with the visitors 4/1 to secure victory.

First Goalscorer

It goes without saying that the opening goal will be as important as ever and the team who strikes first will fancy their chances of going on to land the spoils.

This is particularly true as nobody in the top flight has scored fewer goals than the 20 netted by Wigan, while West Brom equal West Ham in conceding the greatest number.

Vela has arrived at Hawthornes on loan until the end of the season and is 9/2 to score the opening goal against Wigan.

Peter Odemwingie is West Brom’s top league scorer and 4/1 to help himself to the opener.

Wigan have struggled to find a regular goalscorer this season, with Hugo Rodallega currently their only player to have netted more than five times.

Rodallega is 8/1 to score the opening goal, while Tom Cleverley may be worth a small punt in this betting market at the slightly longer odds of 10/1.

A £25 stake on the scorecast of West Brom beating Wigan 2-0 and Vela to score first would return £550. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



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.