Given the torrid week Manchester City have had, there’ll be plenty of punters who fancy the Citizens to slip up at home to purple pragmatists West Brom.
An enormous 9/1 says Tony Pulis’ industrious Throstles return from the Etihad Stadium having pocketed three points, which is surely worth a dabble under the current circumstances.
Defeats to Burnley last weekend and Barcelona in midweek effectively ended the Premier League title holders’ hopes of retaining their crown as well as ensuring their elimination from the Champions League at the earliest knockout hurdle.
Despite these weighty setbacks, Manuel Pellegrini’s men will assume microscopic 3/10 favouritism when they host the Baggies, while it’s 4/1 the contest is all square come full time.
However, there’s a safer, better value bet than any of the match result offerings, which can be located in the goal minutes market.
Back the net to bulge at least once between kick off and the quarter-hour mark to land a 7/5 payday.
If it cops, those who stake their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the outcome can snare £42 of risk-free profit and the case for placing the wager is a convincing one.
Of the ten tussles between the pair this decade just one has ended goalless.
From the nine remaining, the scoreboard operator has been first called into action before the break on eight instances, with 18 goals registered prior to the interval in total.
Of these, six have come inside the opening 15 minutes of play, with four of the previous six renewals yielding the half-dozen in question.
Such a deluge of data no doubt has you in a spin, but steady yourself for the knockout blow.
Five of the six goals in question, yes, that’s five, were bagged in the last three matches.
City recorded 3-1 wins in each of the previous two tussles and had the ball in the net twice before 15 minutes had beeped on the ref’s stopwatch.
There could’ve been even more when they last locked horns at the Etihad, with Graeme Dorrans notching for the west Midlanders in the 16th minute after Argentine duo Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero had put the hosts 2-0 up.
Should both turn up with the same ravenous appetite for goals that must be sated at the earliest opportunity, it might be worth a dabble on over 1.5 pre-15-minute strikes at a mammoth 31/4.