The first of two matches between West Brom and Norwich in the space of a fortnight takes place at the Hawthorns on Saturday, with the Baggies evens favourites to take all three points from the league encounter.
After impressive wins against Championship opposition at the weekend, the two sides will again meet at the Hawthorns in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 28th.
West Brom are evens favourites to win that game, too, although recent results involving the Baggies suggest there could yet be value in betting on Norwich to avoid defeat this weekend.
The Baggies are not in the best of form, with Roy Hodgson’s side failing to find the back of the net – let alone win – in the three league encounters prior to their 4-2 win over a much-changed Cardiff team.
As such, they have fallen down to 15th in the Premier League table, six places and three points behind Norwich.
West Brom’s record at the Hawthorns does not inspire too much confidence either, with two wins and two draws from ten games placing them 16th in the home league table.
Norwich have conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes in each of their last three matches, making West Brom to score the first goal of the first half a standout bet at 6/5.
And with Norwich avoiding defeat in over half of their away matches, the Canaries look well placed to secure a win or a draw at odds of 3/4 in bwin’s double chance market.
However, West Brom’s lack of success in front of goal in recent league games is perhaps a touch deceptive.
Man City, Everton and Tottenham, the three teams the Baggies failed to score against, are the first, seventh and joint-third best defensive sides in the Premier League respectively.
And with Norwich still proving incapable of keeping a clean sheet, odds of 13/4 on West Brom failing to score look best avoided, despite the tempting price.
The Canaries have had much more success in front of goal than the Baggies of late, with ten scored in their last six league matches.
However, while West Brom’s attack has been misfiring their defence has proved more effective, particularly at home, which is perhaps why the draw (9/4) looks a better option than the away win (14/5) in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
If West Brom do end their goal-less run in the league, they are likely to do so early on in the game.
The Baggies have scored five of their seven home league goals before half time, with the first 15 minutes of games in particular proving fruitful.
Six of their 19 league goals have come in the first 15 minutes, which, at 31.5 per cent, is a bigger proportion than any other top flight team.
Meanwhile, Norwich have conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes in each of their last three matches, making West Brom to score the first goal of the first half a standout bet at 6/5.
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Finally, with the draw a good tip for the final result based on the teams’ respective records, a lead/draw sequence in the run of play market is one final option to consider at 13/4.
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