Things don’t get much better than watching your lot prevail in a fiercely contested derby, except when you are landing a sizeable punting coup in the process.
With that in mind the post-doctoral researchers at news.bwin.com/en/ were dispatched to the dustiest recesses of the West Brom v Aston Villa form library in search of bets that always land in the fixture.
Luckily for fans cowed by the skittish momentum of both sides this term, the majority of them don’t require an actual endorsement of one side’s chances of victory.
For those brave enough to dispel the thought of hexing their team, the Baggies are surprisingly slender 23/20 favourites, with the draw 9/4 and a Villans victory 12/5.
And for everyone else, here are the bets that always seem to cop.
This particular West Midlands derby was last won by more than a single goal in January 1998.
Tighter than the proverbial gnat’s chuff as a rule, this one and it’s 5/4 that the latest renewal is decided by the slenderest of margin possible.
Both teams have found the net in nine of the last ten tussles.
Not one for the defensive purists this one – a repeat can be backed at 87/100.
Three goals or more have found the onion bag in all bar two clashes over the past five seasons.
Over 2.5 goals in the fixture is a 23/20 outsider that could be worth backing despite the adversaries recent troubles with finding the net.
Both games last season saw no fewer than four strikes.
Christian Benteke has scored in two of the last three renewals…but so has Chris Brunt.
Unsurprisingly the coming-back-to-the-boil Belgian leads the anytime score betting at 8/5, however his fellow derby-goal glutton is a more hearty 17/4 to get his name on the scoresheet.
Five of the last ten encounters have ended 2-1, while a further two missed the boat by one goal.
This clash is drawn to 2-1 like a magnet – a Baggies win by the most prevalent tally is 33/2, while it’s 20/1 Paul Lambert’s men prevail by the same tally.