West Bromwich Albion, seventh-favourites at 9/4 in bwin’s Premier League relegation betting market, have been boosted by the news that two of their international players have returned to the club unscathed.
Star striker Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu were both thought to have picked up knocks playing for their respective countries.
Odemwingie was rumoured to have sustained a thigh injury while with the Nigerian national team, while Mulumbu was said to have had muscular problems while with DR Congo.
However, both players are set to be fit for West Brom’s clash with Liverpool on Saturday, where Albion will be 21/10 outsiders to pick up three points despite being the home team.
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The importance of Odemwingie to the West Midlands club’s survival chances is beyond doubt as the striker has scored more than double the number of Premier League goals than his nearest challenger at the Hawthorns.
The Nigerian has ten goals from 28 appearances and his availability will be a major fillip for the recently-appointed Baggies manager Roy Hodgson.
Mulumbu has also proved his attacking credentials this season, scoring four times in 26 league appearances from midfield.
Indeed, Albion fans are so taken with the Congolese player’s performances that they sing a song likening him to Kaka.
“Peter is okay, he came back and trained yesterday, as did Mulumbu – it was good to have them back,” Hodgson told West Brom’s official website.
“They’ve got a day off to rest, which they probably need as they both travelled. So, by Thursday they’ll be fully fit.”
Hodgson will be taking on Liverpool for the first time since his Anfield exit earlier this year.
He has been in charge at the Hawthorns for almost seven weeks and is unbeaten in his four matches as manager so far.
However, he will need Odemwingie and Mulumbu to be firing on all cylinders if he is to avoid defeat against the Merseysiders.
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