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Newcastle vs West Brom – Back the Baggies to go out on a high

| 20.05.2011

He may have struggled in the early half of the season but Roy Hodgson can bow out of the 2010/11 Premier League season with his head held high.

The former Liverpool boss has transformed this West Bromwich Albion side and a top half finish looks a distinct possibility despite the fact they travel to St James’ Park on the final day of the season.

Match Odds

Over the past two seasons West Brom are unbeaten against Newcastle, winning two and drawing two, and their 13/5 price looks like the value bet of the weekend.

Newcastle are unbeaten at home against the Baggies in nine, but recent form suggests their opponents have the better of them and Newcastle are trading uneasily at 1/1 to win the game.

The Magpies have won just one of their last eight Premier League final day games and Alan Pardew’s squad could be forgiven for enjoying their last home game having secured their Premier League survival.

The draw is a tempting price at 5/2 but we have to side with the Baggies who have lost just two of their last 12 games.

Total Goals

Based on his last two appearances against Newcastle in which he’s opened the scoring, Jonas Olsson looks a steal at 25/1 to get the first goal.

When these two teams meet, goals can be expected and Olsson’s opener won’t be the only goal of the game with over 2.5 goals available at 4/6.

Despite netting four in their last two games, Newcastle have struggled in front of goal as of late and so the 28/1 for a 3-1 West Brom win is very tempting, while West Brom to win or draw with three or more goals scored at 11/4 looks the bet of the market.

A £10 stake on West Brom winning 3-1 would return £290. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.