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West Brom to make home advantage count in Wigan tie

| 09.12.2011

West Brom’s season thus far has been somewhat stop-start both home and away, so a visit from the Premier League’s bottom club will be a welcome chance for the Baggies to kick on.

Roy Hodgson’s men are a very reasonable 8/11 to clinch victory at the Hawthorns, and with Shane Long back on the goal trail and Peter Odemwingie having a point to prove to his boss, the signs look good for a home win.

Visitors Wigan are 4/1 to record a second successive away win, although it should be noted that their previous victory came at a Sunderland outfit almost as out of sorts as themselves.

The Latics prop up the Premier League table with just two wins all season, but would be happy to escape from the Midlands with a point.

5/2 for the draw is an interesting price.

That said, the professionalism that epitomises Roy Hodgson teams should shine through for the home team, and West Brom are a big 13/8 to complete a ruthless victory by winning both halves.

Wigan conceded four goals in their last match against Arsenal, and bearing in mind that these two sides played out a 2-2 draw in this fixture last season, the 11/5 for four or more goals to be scored in the match looks a good option.

Similarly, West Brom to win the match with three or more total goals to be scored is an appealing prospect at 9/5.

Handicap markets seem to offer value on this match too, with West Brom a big 2/1 to win giving up a one goal handicap, whilst Wigan could interest punters at 1/1 with a one goal head start.

If you fancy the home side to come out all guns blazing, it is a massive 11/2 for West Brom to overcome a first half handicap of the same value.



John Klee