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A 40/1 bet that is better than most for a Pulis-led West Brom

| 05.01.2015

12th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 13th and 11th.

These are the finishing positions of Tony Pulis in his six seasons as a Premier League manager, firstly with Stoke and then most recently with Crystal Palace.

With West Brom currently one point and one position outside of the relegation places, survival is undoubtedly their prime goal for the remainder of the campaign.

For this purpose, Pulis is the ideal boss to replace Alan Irvine, having never been relegated in over two decades in management.

Therefore, the 2/5 on offer that West Brom stay up this season holds plenty more appeal than the 9/5 that the Baggies fall through the Premier League trap door for a fourth time.

However, for those wanting a West Brom bet at a more enticing price that has a chance of gaining success, they are advised to take the 40/1 that Pulis guides them to FA Cup glory, ahead of the 14/1 that they improve to finish in the top half of the Premier League standings.

It has already been highlighted that Pulis has a consistent record in the Premier League, but these have all been in the upper echelons in the bottom half of the standings.

This may well prove to be his ceiling and of the other seven sides that can be considered serious relegation candidates this season, West Brom still have five to play on the road.

Premier League points should prove tougher to come by as a result and they already have a nine-point gap to make up on Newcastle, who sit 10th in the standings at present.

Pulis sets his teams up to be hard to beat first. From January 1st to the end of last season, only Chelsea and Manchester City conceded fewer goals than the 20 Crystal Palace let in.

This type of resolve is perfect for cup competitions and Pulis has previously guided Stoke to the final, albeit after receiving a favourable draw shy of the biggest guns to that point.

West Brom haven’t reached an FA Cup final since their last victory in 1968 and Pulis would become an immediate hit if repeating this feat.

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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.