West Brom: DLDDW
Kick Off: 15.00, 20/08/2016
Only two of the past nine West Brom home matches have seen more than two goals scored, and after the Baggies bored their way to 1-0 victory courtesy of Salomon Rondon’s trusty noggin against Crystal Palace on opening day at Selhurst Park, there’s no sign of change afoot.
Boss Tony Pulis’ position may still be under review after long-time chairman Jeremy Peace sold the Black Country outfit to a Chinese consortium, but they’ll struggle to get rid of the Welshman while his team keep picking up points, regardless of the method.
Having shipped 11 goals in their last seven all-competition away fixtures of 2015/16, keeping out their hosts just once during that run, Pulis’ side appear to have grown even more defensively defiant over the summer, despite winger Matt Phillips becoming the only new arrival so far.
They take on Everton at the Hawthorns next, and there are plenty of good reasons to lump on bwin’s 3/5 about another under 2.5-goal clash against Ronald Koeman’s new charges.
First off, West Brom won 1-0 at Goodison Park in April against a Toffees side that looked similar to how Koeman’s will line up in the West Midlands, with the addition of central-defensive newboy Ashley Williams merely adding weight to this unders bet.
The hosts certainly won’t fear £25m Everton signing Yannick Bolasie after the winger failed to fire during a 24-minute substitute’s cameo in his last appearance for the Eagles on opening day.
Koeman will have few happy memories of visiting this part of the UK as Southampton boss over the past two campaigns, after the Baggies beat the Saints 1-0 in February 2015, then held last season’s sixth-placed Premier League side to a 0-0 draw just over 11 months ago.
With three away points in the bag already, West Brom would no doubt take that scoreline. You can back 0-0 at 19/4 with bwin.