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Wolves v West Brom: bank on Baggies striking first blow

| 11.02.2012

Wolves’ victory over QPR in their latest Premier League outing has made it that much tougher to pick a winner in their derby with West Brom, but it has made it easier to back the 11/10 that the Baggies score the opener at Molineux.

Based on their most recent meetings, West Brom tend to get the better of their Black Country rivals at Molineux, winning on four of their last six visits.

Therefore, some might find the 2/1 on a West Brom win to be good value, particularly as Wolves have also lost four of their last five Premier League home games.

However, their win at QPR could spark a revival in fortunes and they will especially take confidence from the fact they come from behind to triumph.

It is 5/4 that Wolves win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since their opening two fixtures of the season.

Wolves having conceded first against QPR is also worth noting as West Brom have netted a higher percentage of goals in the first 15 minutes of fixtures than any other Premier League club this campaign.

This is the primary reason as to why they are expected to score first.

With both clubs lingering around the relegation places, there is additionally the likelihood that they will see the fixture as a must-win encounter.

This could make the 4/6 in the Premier League odds that both teams score an attractive betting proposition, while 5/6 for over 2.5 goals is worth taking with Wolves having conceded at least two in nine of their last 11 home games.

Meanwhile, only QPR have dropped more points from winning positions this season than West Brom and so Wolves coming from behind to win or draw appeals at 4/1.



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.