A fortnight ago this would have been the perfect game for a Sunday afternoon nap. West Brom’s games under Pulis were as dull as every other team’s games under Pulis while LVG was a dead man walking. How quickly times can change in the Premier League. Man Utd’s ‘horny’ football has seen them win four in a row in all competitions netting 12 times while West Brom’s last three have featured 13 strikes!
Though these teams have been pretty dull to watch this season it’s worth noting that eight of West Brom’s 14 home games and eight of Man Utd’s 14 away games have featured Over 2.5 Goals this term so the 2.38 on there being at least three here seems big from the outset.
West Brom have a terrible record in this fixture. The Baggies have gone W0-D2-L7 hosting Man Utd in the Premier League as they’ve conceded at least two goals in all nine, scoring 11 and letting in 27. Fortunately for the hosts, this is nowhere near as strong a Man Utd XI as in past seasons. England and Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney is one of many out injured for this clash. Rooney has missed just five away games in LVG’s tenure and Utd have won just twice as they’ve conceded in all five.
Under Pulis, West Brom have got sturdier and sturdier. He was brought in to keep them up last year and duly delivered with four wins from his opening five games to guide them to safety. The last few weeks have pretty much assured that West Brom will compete in their seventh success Premier League campaign next year which will delight fans who watched their side bounce between the top-two divisions in England in the Noughties.
West Brom are unbeaten in eight at home with three wins and they should be able to prevent the visitors succeeding here. Man Utd have won just five of their 17 trips to middle-third teams under LVG. During his tenure, Utd have gone W11-D12-L10 on the road and half of the defeats have occurred despite his team netting. The hosts on the Double Chance at nearly evens is a fantastic bet.
West Brom will be afforded a little freedom to play here given their relatively lofty league position and it’s a great opportunity to take a punt at a bumper price.
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