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West Brom v Hull: Pulis promises 1-0 to the Baggies

| 09.01.2015

Hull’s Hawthorns sojourn earmarks the dawn of Tony Pulis’ Premier League tenure at the West Brom helm and the baseball cap-clad tactician’s arrival means there’s only one way to bet here.

The Baggies look a great value 21/20 for success against the travel travail-suffering Tigers, who themselves weigh in at a beefy 3/1, while a tied contest is on offer at 9/4.

As appealing a match-betting spread as ever from the Ladbrokes odds gurus, but if for whatever reason, it hasn’t buoyed your boat, here are three good value alternative wagers to consider.

West Brom 1-0 Hull @ 5/1

Pulis oversaw home and away 1-0 wins for Crystal Palace against Hull last term (technically he wasn’t unveiled as Eagles boss until two days after the first, but was manager in all but name for it).

The Croydon club’s unfathomable change in fortunes he masterminded was founded on 1-0 victories, with eight of their 13 coming via this scoreline during his short stint at Selhurst Park.

Under 1.5 goals @ 33/20

Whether or not the aforementioned punt cops a profit this one is a fairly failsafe alternative.

The Throstles have only struck three goals across their last five home matches, while their Yorkshire adversaries have failed to bag in eight of their last 12 on the road.

Five of the last seven trips for Steve Bruce’s men have resulted in the hosts’ sheet remaining unblemished at full-time.

Neither are proficient in the final third so a goal-fest is out of the question; back fewer than 2.5 strikes for a near-nailed on win at 4/7 if you’re especially cautious.

West Brom to win the first half @ 13/8

Not since the Baggies hosted Manchester United at the start of October have they gone in ahead at the interval in a home match; six games have come and gone since.

But this patch of poor form before the break is poised to come to an end against an outfit that have taken their half-time oranges whilst behind in six of their last nine across all competitions.

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

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James Middleton