Premier League starts don’t come much tougher than Manchester United at home and Chelsea away, and that’s what West Brom have had to deal with in their first two games of this season.
Predictably, they have emerged from the sequence without any points to show for their efforts, although their performances have been sufficiently impressive to hint that they have enough to steer clear of a relegation battle this season.
However, they need to produce tangible evidence of this promise and will be looking to do so against Stoke, who they face at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
The Baggies are 6/5 favourites to pick up all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw at 11/5 and a Stoke win at 23/10.
Key to West Brom’s hopes will be Shane Long, their summer signing from Reading.
Long scored against United and Chelsea and is 8/5 to repeat the trick today, and as both goals came in the first half betting on West Brom to open the scoring could pay off at odds of 29/20.
When the fact Stoke’s only goal of the Premier League campaign came in the 94th minute is taken into consideration, this bet looks even better.
That said, Stoke are also likely to get on the scoresheet, with West Brom scoring and conceding in 15 of their last 16 matches.
With this in mind, a bet on both teams to score looks set to pay off at odds of 4/5.
A successful £25 free bet on both teams to score, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £45.
The question will be whether West Brom can outscore a resolute Stoke who have only let in two goals in their six competitive fixtures this season.
As the Potters’ defence is so solid, the best bet could be on the match to end in a 1-1 draw, with this scoreline available at odds of 19/4 – meaning a £10 stake would return a tasty £57.50.
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