Tony Pulis will man the West Brom rudder in the Premier League for the first time when Hull visit the Hawthorns and the price is right about a winning start for the baseball cap-topped tactician.
Odds of 21/20 says the Baggies snare the spoils against humdrum Hull, who are on offer at 5/2 next to a 12/5-rated draw.
Both of the latter match-betting punts, however, can be disregarded in favour of a wager on the hosts, but if a bigger bounty is required before jumping in, we’ve sounded out the most likely correct score.
What will the scoreboard read after 90 minutes, you ask? Why, it will be 1-0 to West Brom, of course and those to have backed it at bwin.com will land a 21/4 payday if the Throstles do the business.
Here’s why the bet will cop:
Pulis oversaw eight successes by this scoreline at the Crystal Palace helm last term.
The Eagles’ miraculous surge in the standings masterminded was built on 1-0 victories.
Two of these, were recorded in as many meetings with first foes Hull.
The first of which came two days before his official unveiling as Palace boss, but he was all but confirmed as the manager prior to the match starting.
Starting from his time at Stoke, Pulis has never lost a home match to Hull.
Four meetings yielded one win and three draws for the Potters when tackling the Tigers under the Newport native’s guidance.
Three matches across this quartet yielded exactly one goal for the hosts.
Taking away matches into consideration across his Palace and Stoke tenures too, Pulis has lost just once in ten against Hull.
It was a 2-1 loss at the KC and it came courtesy of an injury-time Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink strike when the Staffordshire side were reduced to ten men.
Hull haven’t scored in five of seven on the road.
Recent travelling travails have yielded four losses across this period, all of them seeing no goals registered.
A scoreless draw at Liverpool is also encompassed on this spell, while prior to a 2-0 win over Everton, they hadn’t bagged in four of five on the homestead either.