Tony Pulis can steer West Brom back to a second top-ten Premier League finish in two seasons and secure a notable personal landmark in the process.
Since guiding Stoke to the top flight at the end of the 2007/08 campaign the Welshman has never quite managed to avoid ending up in the bottom half.
Six seasons in the top-flight have brought finishes of 12th, 11th, 11th, 14th, 13th and 11th at first Stoke City then Crystal Palace.
However, Pulis’ long wait for a top-ten spot to put on his curriculum vitae could well be over if the form of his West Brom side is anything to go by.
The Baggies have three wins and three draws from seven league games under his stewardship, averaging 1.7 points an outing.
At that rate they can expect 18 or 19 more over the remaining 11 outings, translating to a total of 48 or 49, enough to secure a top-half spot in four of the last five campaigns.
Pulis’ side are 11/1 to record their third finish of tenth of higher in the last four seasons and they are sure to be aided by bursting of West Ham’s European bubble.
After starting 2014/15 in the manner of a side going places the Irons have gone off the boil big time, winning just one league game since the last outing before Christmas.
Sam Allardyce’s men, just 1/4 to end up inside the upper echelon, are currently nine points ahead of West Brom in ninth, a haul they share with tenth-spot incumbents Stoke.
Yet they are a team that seem to be finding new ways to shoot themselves in the foot with every passing game and look downwardly mobile enough to make way for a resurgent West Brom.
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