West Brom vs Southampton betting preview
Following another big weekend of Premier League action, Monday Night Football sees two teams both desperate to end a terrible run of form. West Brom have stuttered after a strong start to the season, picking up just 4 points from a possible 12, whilst Southampton are staring down the barrel of a tough relegation fight having secured just a solitary point from their last four games. Southampton know that a win could see them jump out of the relegation zone whilst West Brom could get their European hopes back on track by collecting all three points at The Hawthorns. Choose a free bet offer for this match here.
West Brom’s Recent Results:
Newcastle 2-1 West Brom (Lukaku)
West Brom 1-2 Man City (Long)
West Brom 3-2 QPR (Morrison, Gera, Mulumbu)
Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom (Long)
West Brom started the season in fine form, beating Liverpool comprehensively on the first day of the season before picking up a draw and a win against Tottenham and Everton respectively. However, despite excellent performances, West Brom have slipped to 8th with last minute losses to both Newcastle and Man City in recent weeks and need to bounce back with victory on Monday night.
So far this season West Brom’s strikers have had a habit of one of them scoring when the other doesn’t. Despite scoring three goals apiece, Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku have failed to score in the same game this season. Peter Odemwingie, West Brom’s leading goal scorer last season, has netted just once in an injury plagued start, but has contributed to two assists in his four games. Boyle Sports price Shane Long at 13/8 to score at any time whilst Ladbrokes have odds of 7/4 for Lukaku to score.
The Hawthorns has become a fortress for West Brom this season, having won four of their five games at home – their only defeat coming against Man City following two late goals from Edin Dzeko. In those five games they have managed to keep a clean sheet on three occasions and Bet365 have West Brom at 21/10 to keep a clean sheet.
Southampton’s Recent Results:
Leeds United 3-0 Southampton
Southampton 1-2 Tottenham (Rodriguez)
West Ham United 4-1 Southampton (Lallana)
Southampton 2-2 Fulham (Fonte (x2))
Southampton haven’t had the easiest of reintroductions to the Premier League, having picked up just four points from their opening nine games. There have been signs of improvement in the past few weeks, though, with an impressive second half performance against Tottenham last weekend and a late equaliser to grab a point against Fulham at the start of October.
The Saints have not been lacking in goal scoring ability, having failed to score in just one Premier League game this season. It is at the back where they struggle, conceding a mammoth 26 goals, more than any other club, 16 of those coming away from home at an average of 4 goals per game. William Hill offer 4/1 on over 4.5 goals, a good bet considering Southampton have had five games with five or more goals in the Premier League this season.
Adam Lallana has been Southampton’s stand out player this season with four assists and a goal to his tally. The midfielder has played all but 13 minutes of Southampton’s campaign this season and is an integral part to their attacking force. Boyle Sports have priced Lallana at 4/1 to contribute an assist at anytime during Monday night’s game.
This game is likely to feature goals, whether it is a West Brom rout or a tightly contested game. Southampton have looked very lively in the second half of late and could be subject to a slow start. William Hill have an inviting price of 6/1 for Southampton to win or draw having fallen behind.
It’s needless to say West Brom will be itching to take advantage of home advantage and ‘weak’ opposition, and this could be the stage for star striker Odemwingie to finally get his teeth stuck into this Premier League season. Blue Square have Odemwingie at 9/1 to score two or more goals, whilst Bet365 have odds of 5/1 on Odemwingie to score and West Brom to win.
Prediction: West Brom 3-1 Southampton. Priced 12/1 at Stan James.
Article by Jack Teague
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