Two early season strugglers go head-to-head at the Hawthorns on Saturday, with home side West Brom favourites to pick up a win over Fulham with odds of 5/4.
Both teams find themselves in the relegation zone after five games having picked up just three points so far.
Of the two, West Brom certainly look the best bets to claim a victory and move up the table, not least because of Fulham’s recent run of two consecutive away league defeats.
The Lilywhites, priced at 11/5 to secure all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, have a poor record away from the comforts of Craven Cottage.
Last season they managed only three victories and scored an average of just a goal a game on their travels.
It was even worse the year before, when Fulham achieved only one victory on the road and scored just 12 goals in their 19 away league matches.
But although games featuring Fulham playing away from home rarely end in a win for the Lilywhites, they have also proven difficult to beat, with defeat avoid more than 50 per cent of the time over the last two seasons.
The main reason for this is Fulham’s commendable defensive record on the road during this period, which has helped to mask their attacking deficiencies.
This suggests there could be value in a draw at 11/5, although the better bet looks to be on there being fewer than 2.5 goals in the game.
On average, this has been the case in Fulham’s away matches over the last past two years, making odds of 7/10 on there being no more than two goals particularly attractive.
However, with Fulham without a win in the league this season and with that run of away defeats weighing against them, West Brom to win and under 2.5 combined goals could offer better value at odds of 4/1.
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