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West Brom v Hull: Baggies to toast Steve Clarke with win to nil

| 20.12.2013

Following up a season of uncharacteristic solidarity with just three wins in the Premier League cost Steve Clarke his job. Now, at the first available opportunity without him, West Brom will get back to winning ways.

The Baggies head into this clash with Hull as the slim 10/11 favourites to win the game, with the draw at 12/5 and Steve Bruce’s visitors a 3/1 outside shot.

Keith Downing is the man tasked with steadying the West Brom ship while a full-time sea-captain is sought, and he couldn’t have been given an easier assignment first up.

Hull are sitting quite comfortably in 12th place in the Premier League with 19 points and, based on the serenity of their situation alone, will likely have a few stacks of cash lumped on them to win this match.

But that lofty standing is built almost exclusively on home form, with just four of their current points haul coming on the road.

For some reason the Tigers seem to shrink into new born kittens when they leave the comfort of their own ground, with all defensive know-how flying out the window as soon as the team bus accelerates up the M62.

All but three of the goals Hull have shipped in the league this season have come when they’ve been the visitors, and to make matters worse they’ve had just one reason to celebrate at the other end of the pitch in three matches.

All that therefore points to the 2/1 on West Brom winning to nil being the best bet for the match, but should the home side’s set of attacking knives – who haven’t scored in two games themselves – prove to be too blunt to carve open Hull’s buttery defence then the 9/1 on a 0-0 dull-fest also appeals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.