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Leicester City v West Brom Betting Tips: 1, 2016-03-01

Premier League Tips


Tuesday 1st March 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Premier League leaders Leicester City bounced back from their 2-1 away defeat at Arsenal last weekend with a 1-0 home win over Norwich City to remain two points ahead of title rivals Tottenham with tonight’s home game against bottom half West Brom pending.

With just 11 league games remaining, The Foxes’ fairytale title prospects are now very much in their own hands and with Tottenham having to play London rivals West Ham away at Upton Park on Wednesday night, Leicester could steal a march on Spurs if they take all three points this evening.

Leicester’s home record stands at a very solid-looking  8-4-1  22/13 and having won their last three matches at the King Power Stadium with victories over Stoke City, Liverpool and Norwich City (all to nil I might add), along with a total of six clean sheets to date, they look all set for further success tonight.

Visitors West Brom currently sit in 13th place following recent back-to-back wins over Everton 1-0 away and a 3-2 home win over Crystal Palace on the weekend as Tony Pulis’s men appear to have secured another season in the English top flight as they sit 11 points ahead of the bottom three.

But despite West Brom’s current league position, it should be noted that The Baggies have won just once on their travels from their last eight matches on the road which was the recent win at Goodison Park.

An overall away record of  4-4-5  9/14 masks the fact that they’ve lost four of their last eight away matches and have failed to score in six of their 13 away matches to date as they’ve found scoring goals on the road a real problem.

I have to go for a Leicester win here.

Pick: Leicester City to win @ 1.67 bet365

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


Peterborough v West Brom Betting Tips: Over 2.25, 2016-02-10

FA Cup Tips


Wednesday 10th February 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – FA Cup

Peterborough United earned a replay in the FA Cup following a creditable 2-2 draw away at The Hawthorns and they may well fancy their chances of pulling off an upset at London Road against their more illustrious Premier League opponents tonight.

Peterborough took all three points in the following match away at Chesterfield in a 1-0 win in League One, so they’ll head into tonight’s cup replay in good spirits with nothing to lose and a good record under their belts on home turf.

The Posh have lost just once in their last nine at London Road and that was a 1-0 loss to top of the league Burton Albion, but with strikers Maddison and Coulibaly up front, the hosts could cause a few problems here this evening.

Onto West Brom, and they’ll probably be kicking themselves that they didn’t finish off League One outfit Peterborough United on the first time of asking at The Hawthorns as extra games at this point of the season tends to hinder sides in the top flight, especially West Brom as they have one eye on avoiding the bottom three in the Premier League.

A 1-1 draw at home with Swansea City and the weekend defeat away at Newcastle United will have done little to lift their confidence, and I daresay they’ll be looking to kill this tie off tonight without the need to go into extra-time.

The Baggies possess a useful attacking trio of Berahino, Rondon and Anichebe though, so they may well also trouble the scorers at London Road.

Pick: Over 2.25 @ 1.70 Comeon

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


Chelsea v West Brom Betting Tips: 1 AH-1, 2016-01-13

Premier League Tips


Wednesday 13th January 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

A 2-1 defeat away at surprise-package Leicester City was the straw that broke the camel’s back for  Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic as the dismissal of the former ‘chosen one’ Jose Mourinho was carried out.

Since then however, Chelsea have embarked upon a five-match unbeaten run under the guidance of caretaker-manager Steve Holland and now baby-sitter Guus Hiddink as The Blues look to continue their steady climb up the table. Recent wins over Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League along with the third round FA Cup win over Scunthorpe United have seen the squad break out of the Mourinho defensive strangle-hold by scoring 10 goals in these last five matches.

Chelsea’s home record still requires some attention though as their record stands at  4-2-4  15/14 but visitors West Brom have been inconsistent on the road so far this season and this may just be the opportunity that Chelsea need to get their season back on track.

Onto West Brom then, and The Baggies were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by Championship strugglers Bristol City at The Hawthorns on the weekend, and they now face a much tougher trip to London than they might have done just a few weeks ago!

West Brom have won their last two Premier league matches on the trot with wins over Newcastle United and Stoke City but it needs to be bore in mind that both of these successes were at The Hawthorns while they’ve now gone four matches without a win on their travels.

An away record of  3-3-3  6/8 sums up the west midlands’ club’s inconsistencies with recent defeats at Manchester United and Swansea City preventing them from heading into the top half.

Pick: Chelsea AH-1 @ 1.70 Bet Victor

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


West Brom v Arsenal Betting Tips: 2 AH-1, 2015-11-21

Premier League Tips


Saturday 21st November 2015 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

West Brom succumbed to two defeats on the trot leading into the international break with losses suffered against Leicester City and Manchester United as The Baggies sit in a relatively comfortable league position of 13th place.

Nevertheless, West Brom’s form at The Hawthorns has been pretty poor as they’ve gained just the one win so far this season, and that was only against Sunderland who currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League.

West Brom’s overall home record stands at  1-1-4  7/12  and have lost already to Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester City – all teams (bar Chelsea!) sitting in the top half of the division. With this in mind, West Brom’s form at home against top half opposition reads a very poor  0-1-3  4/9.

Arsenal make the trip up to the west midlands on the back of a point against North London rivals Tottenham just prior to the international break, but The Gunners remain unbeaten in their last six matches overall, having won five of these encounters.

Wins against Leicester City 5-2 along with victories over Manchester United, Watford, Everton and Swansea City have stamped their authority on the division, and they deservedly sit joint top with Manchester City ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Arsenal also possess a strong away record of  5-0-1  14/5 while keeping three clean sheets to date, and they’ve won three of their four encounters away at bottom half opposition so far this season.

Quite simply, Arsenal should have way too much quality and firepower for their hosts this afternoon, and should also cover the -1 handicap too.

Pick: Arsenal AH-1 @ 1.85 bet365

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


Norwich v West Brom Betting Tips: Both teams to score, 2015-10-24

Premier League Tips


Saturday 24th October 2015 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Next up is an intriguing contest between hosts Norwich City and visitors West Brom in a match where both teams will fancy their chances of taking all three points in this bottom half clash.

Norwich City head into this afternoon’s tussle on the back of two defeats on the trot with losses to Leicester City and the heavy 6-2 defeat way at Newcastle United, a result that not many people would have predicted before the game.

In addition, Norwich have now gone four matches without a win but it should be noted that Norwich City have scored and conceded in eight of their nine Premier League matches overall so far this season – and their home record stands at  1-1-2  6/7, with all four home matches seeing goals from both teams.

Visitors West Brom registered a much-needed win last weekend when they nicked a 1-0 win over struggling Sunderland at The Hawthorns which prevented two defeats on the trot from turning into something more sinister.

Previous defeats to Everton and Crystal Palace had resulted in The Baggies dropping down near the relegation zone, but Tony Pulis’ men have now jumped to the relative safety spot of 13th place ahead of this afternoon’s trip to East Anglia.

West Brom’s away record reads a fairly reasonable  2-1-1  2/2 with wins chalked up at Stoke City and west midlands rivals Aston Villa and they’ve performed well when they’ve been on the road at bottom half teams this season to date.

With this in mind, and with both teams looking to attack for the points, I’ll back that both teams hit the back of the net in what could be a 1-1 draw.

Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.95 Comeon

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


West Brom v Sunderland Betting Tips: 1 AH-0.25, 2015-10-17

Premier League Tips


Saturday 17th October 2015 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

The international break came at just about the right time for West Brom as they’d suffered back-to-back defeats in the English top flight with losses to Everton and Crystal Palace, but they’ve since had time to take stock of their situation and they have another home match in store here today to rectify things.

The Baggies host a demoralised Sunderland outfit (despite the appointment of Big Sam) at The Hawthorns where they’ve failed to win in their last four in the EPL and possess a record of  0-1-3  4/9, taking just one point from the first 12 on offer.

But hope springs eternal with manager Tony Pulis in charge who is a canny operator, and he’ll demand nothing less than all three points here this afternoon from his side as they look to pull away from the relegation pack.

Onto Sunderland, and as mentioned, Sam Allardyce has been named the new Sunderland manager following the departure of Dick Advocaat who only lasted eight matches, which is possibly the shortest tenure of a Black Cats manager for some time.

With just three points to their name from the first 24 on offer, Sunderland find themselves second from bottom and it’s Big Sam’s task to try and lift the gloom around the ironically named Stadium of Light.

But Sunderland possess a similarly poor away record of  0-1-3  4/11 having suffered back-to-back defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester United (both to nil) as goals continue to come at a premium for the visitors. By the way, Sunderland have registered just one away win from their last 15 trips in the EPL.

Today’s game represents a great chance for West Brom to bounce back on home turf, so I’ll proceed with caution and give the quarter-ball on the hosts who could win this perhaps 1-0.

Pick: West Brom AH-0.25 @ 1.73 Bet Victor

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


Crystal Palace v West Brom Betting Tips: 1, 2015-10-03

Premier League Tips


Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Kickoff: 1245hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

“Glad all over” is Crystal Palace’s fans favourite anthem before a game, and this has certainly been the case so far this season as The Eagles are currently enjoying their re-union with former player and now manager, Alan Pardew.

Crystal Palace currently reside in 7th place having registered a 1-0 win away at new-boys Watford on Sunday, and this will have been a huge relief for Pardew as his side had previously suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Tottenham.

Despite those defeats though, his players have responded well and with a very winnable home match against West Brom in prospect, Palace could jump as high as third spot if other results go their way. Today’s match also represents a great opportunity to improve upon their home record which currently stands at  1-0-2  3/4.

Visitors West Brom seemingly had all three points in the bag on Monday night after they held a 2-0 lead over Everton at The Hawthorns, but Everton stormed back to take the points in an entertaining 3-2 win to condemn West Brom to a second defeat on the trot.

The Baggies had previously lost to Norwich City 3-0 away in the Capital One Cup, and they now face a tricky trip to London to try and upset Crystal Palace’s great start to the new campaign. West Brom would have headed to Selhurst Park in reasonably confident mood having recorded wins on the road at Stoke City and midlands rivals Aston Villa, but I fancy the manner of the loss to Everton may well have taken the wind out of their sails.

West Brom’s away record stands at a solid  2-1-0  2/0 but they will have their work cut out at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace have won their last four encounters against bottom half teams on home turf.

In short, I’ll back Crystal Palace for the points here in a low-scoring affair – The Eagles to nick it 1-0.

Back Crystal Palace straight win @ 1.83 betvictor

Author: David Parsons

I'm a lifelong Birmingham City fan and have followed English football for over 35 years. I enjoy writing about football, and my focus for Online-Betting is the Premiership & Championship where I endeavour to identify value for money bets for punters reading my previews. I welcome constructive comments and look forward to hearing from any reader. Keep Right On!


West Brom v Everton Betting Tip Draw – 2015-09-28

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West Brom v Everton
Monday 28th September – Kickoff: 2000hrs
Football – England – Premier League

It has been a very solid start for West Brom in what is Tony Pulis’ first full season in charge. Although the Baggies failed to win any of their first three league games, they are unbeaten in their last three matches – winning two of them. What will have pleased Pulis as much as those two victories is winning matches without conceding. West Brom have actually kept four clean sheets in their last five league games, meaning they have the joint second bear defensive record in the Premier League. For a team who look unlikely to be the most prolific of scorers, a sound defensive unit and being difficult to breakdown are even more important, and it looks as though they are going to be just that if there early season form is anything to go by.

If West Brom have started the season in a solid manner, Everton have been a touch more impressive. The Toffees were keen to put their last campaign behind them after disappointing, and they are well on their way to doing that. Their first six games have yielded nine points and lost just one of those. That defeat came against Manchester City back in August, but other than that it has been a very impressive beginning to the season. A 3-1 home win over champions Chelsea and a 3-0 success away to Southampton have been the highlights thus far, but credible away draws against Tottenham and Swansea will be just as pleasing for manager, Roberto Martinez. All too often Everton have turned in an excellent performance and been unable to follow that up, so achieving a consistency of performance is every bit as important as the two impressive victories.

Saido Berahino has dominated headlines at the Hawthorns for a while now, initially for a very productive campaign last season, but more recently because of his desire to move away from the club. Several bids from Tottenham were rejected – as was a transfer request from the player – and it resulted in Berahino claiming he would never play for the club under the current chairman, again. As we all know, football is a fickle game and a couple of weeks after that claim the striker was scoring the winning goal against local rivals Aston Villa. He looks certain to retain his place for Monday’s game and his manager will hope it is a similar return.

Only two teams have yet to concede a goal on their travels this season, and both face off against each other on Monday evening. The pair of goalless draws that have proceeded Everton’s win at St Mary’s are another indication of how much improved Martinez’ men are compared to last season when they shipped 50 goals in the league. Their solid defence has not came at the expense of their forward play, however, as Everton continue to look threatening in attack. Steven Naismith had looked on his way out of the club before the end of the transfer window before a transfer fell through, but answered in the best possible fashion by coming off the bench against Chelsea to score a hat-trick. He epitomises the variety and options that Martinez has at his disposal for those attacking positions.

West Brom v Everton Betting Tips

This fixture is not a traditionally high-scoring affair with just one of the last 11 meetings containing three or more goals. I expect much of the same on Monday, particularly as both defences have been in very good form and have proven difficult to breakdown with seven clean-sheets between them (four for West Brom, three for Everton). That being said, there is enough creativity on both teams to cause the opposition problems but it could be a game where chances are at a premium.

West Brom have yet to win at home this season, but when you consider their two defeats have come against Man City and Chelsea, it is not too surprising. Pulis will be desperate to get that first home win on the board but he knows the importance of avoiding defeats when on a run like they are. The visitors are at their best when able to counter at speed but I’m not altogether sure that West Brom will be too keen on forcing the issue and it could become something of a stalemate. With two draws to West Brom’s name, and three for Everton in the early part of the season, I see another share of the points on the cards for both on Monday night.

Draw 12/5 @ Betfred


West Brom v Manchester City Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals, 2015-08-10

Premier League Tips

West Brom v Manchester City

Monday 10th August 2015

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

This will be the final game of the first round of fixtures for the 2015/16 Premier League. It has been a weekend of surprises, thus far, with West Ham’s 2-0 success away to Arsenal standing out as the biggest of those. Both West Brom and Manchester City would have been anxiously waiting to get started whilst watching all the other teams beginning their seasons, and now that they get their chance, they will be determined to ensure that their campaigns get off to a positive start.

This will be Tony Pulis’ first full season in charge at the Hawthorns after taking over from Alan Irvine midway through the previous term. The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss guided the Baggies to 13th, nine points clear of the relegation zone and he will be hoping they can build on that performance and enjoy a season free of battling to avoid the drop. Pulis has not been overly busy in terms of transfer activity this summer, but the players he has brought in have experience of this league which the manager values greatly. James Chester and James McClean have come in from relegated Hull whilst Rickie Lambert has been bought from Liverpool after falling out of favour. Another key bit of business was keeping hold of Saido Berahino who looked likely to leave at stages of last season. His tally of 14 league goals in 2014/15 was an excellent return and one he will be hoping to replicate that effort, if not better it.

Having won the title in his first season in charge, big things were expected of Manuel Pellegrini and his Manchester City charges 12 months ago. That never materialised, however, as City fell well short of the consistency required to mount a realistic challenge to eventual winners Chelsea. Despite that failure, the Chilean has signed a contract extension in the past few days but he himself will be all to aware that should City disappoint again, he is likely to be looking for a new job come the end of the season. Much has been made about the signing of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool and it will be intriguing to see how the English internationalist acclimatises to his new surroundings. One thing is for sure, however, his style of play is exactly what Pellegrini’s men have been lacking and should compliment the craftsmanship of David Silva and the power of Yaya Toure. Add that to the sheer quality of Sergio Aguero and it is a mouthwatering prospect for all City supporters.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City have had the upper hand in this fixture in recent years. City have won nine of the last 10 against West Brom. They have been prolific against this opponent as well, putting 24 past them during that run. The last time the Baggies were successful in the league against City was way back in December 2008, which illustrates how poorly they have faired against the blue half of Manchester.

It is cliched to say, but West Brom’s season will not be decided by games against the clubs who will likely be challenging for the title. Tony Pulis will be targeting a good performance and hoping for a positive result, but he certainly will not have marked this down for potential points. The visitors, on the other hand, will be desperate for the win to put a marker down to the other clubs tipped to challenge. With Arsenal and Chelsea already dropping points on the opening weekend, it is an opportunity for Pellegrini’s men to take a small advantage and get their noses in front. With the champions due to visit the Etihad next Sunday, the prospect of being five points clear of them after two days is a very achievable one but they cannot afford to look too far ahead.

West Brom v Manchester City Betting Tips

I think it’s fair to say that the opening round of fixtures have been a little underwhelming in terms of excitement but Monday Night Football could be the one that provides the action. City rarely try to do anything else other than attack as that is the area of the pitch where their strengths lie. Pulis will have to find a way to nullify the multiple threats posed by the visitors, and try to counter at the same time. The partnership of Lambert and Berahino could prove to be very fruitful throughout the course of this season, and whilst it is unlikely the duo will start through the middle together on Monday, Man City’s defence – which had a lot of issues last season – will have to be on their guard.

The last 13 games between these two have averaged over three goals and that’s the route I’m going down for my selection in Monday’s match. I can only see the visitors coming hurtling out the traps as they bid to win their third title in five seasons. The pace and width that Sterling will provide should actually compliment the attacking threat that was already at the club, and make the likes of Silva even more dangerous. West Brom have enough of an attacking threat, themselves, and can cause the City back line enoIugh problems of their own, which should hopefully lead to a few goals.

Over 2.5 goals 4/5 @ Betfred


Aston Villa V West Brom – TIP: James Morrison to Score (11/2) – 30 September 2012

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Aston Villa V West Brom

Sunday, 30 September 2012 – Kick-Off: 16:00 GMT

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Just the one match on Sunday, and it’s an all-Midlands affair between Aston Villa and West Brom at Villa Park – where last season the Baggies secured their very first Premier League win in this fixture at the sixth attempt. The bookies, though, despite how this contest panned out eleven months ago, have Villa down as favourites – tentative ones at that, mind – although I’m not convinced.

Down the years Villa have had a stranglehold in this fixture, winning three of their first five encounters at home to West Brom in the Premier League. That streak was brought to an end last season as the Baggies produced a 2-1 victory, despite falling behind early on to a Darren Bent penalty (though Villa were reduced to ten men). A sign, perhaps, that the tide is changing in this fixture – if not, the fact Villa finished nine points behind their Midlands rivals that same season is; or that, even at this early stage, they already trail them by six points after making a dire start to the new campaign.

Indeed, Paul Lambert’s tenure as Aston Villa has been one to forget thus far. Four points from his first five matches at the helm is well below the lofty standards supporters at Villa Park expect – and demand! But it has been the manner of their performances which will gripe on many; they were abysmal in their first two fixtures, in which they carved out very few openings in losing 1-0 at West Ham and 3-1 at home to Everton – the latter defeat comprehensive.

They did improve ever so slightly to take a point away from their trek up north to Newcastle (1-1), before clinically dispatching of Swansea (2-0) at home. However, Villa’s resurgence of sorts was short lived as Southampton – who had lost their opening four league games beforehand – put four past Brad Guzan in the Villa goal in a resounding 4-1 reverse.

Next up for Lambert’s beleaguered side are neighbouring rivals West Brom at home, a fixture he dare not lose if he’s to avoid alienating any more of the Villa faithful. It won’t be easy either, as the Baggies – under the tutelage of Steve Clarke – have made a phenomenal start. They’ll kick-off Sunday’s Midlands derby in 6th, with victory for the second year running at Villa Park enough to see them move above Tottenham, Man City and Man Utd into third. As incentives go, do they come much bigger than that?

I will be honest though, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the work Steve Clarke has done early into his first stint as manager – he spent numerous years garnering experience as assistant coach to the likes of Gianfranco Zola (West Ham), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) and last season under Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool. And speaking of his former employers, it was against the Reds with whom West Brom got the balling well and truly rolling – an emphatic 3-0 victory on the opening day a dream start for Clarke and his new charges, who would follow that stunning result up with a hard-earned draw away to Tottenham (1-1) before another impressive victory at home, this time against inform Everton (2-0).

Then the Baggies were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Fulham at Craven Cottage. It was then we started thinking that they might just unravel, but that wasn’t the case – far from it – as they dug deep in their next fixture, at home to Reading, to grind out a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win. Although yet again the three points were earned at home. So that’s three consecutive victories at The Hawthorns, maintaining their flawless record on their own patch. However, they’re still searching for their first away – but where better to pick it up than down the road at your nearest and not so dearest?

Whereas I’m not in the slightest bit convinced Aston Villa have turned any sort of corner under Paul Lambert, I am confident West Brom still have plenty of early season vigour left, enough to seriously challenge for all three points here. Their cause will be aided significantly by news that midfielder James Morrison, who has been instrumental this season, is set to shrug of a minor leg injury to feature from the start. The 26-year-old playmaker pulls all the strings in the middle, feeding the ball to various outlets over the pitch. Although he certainly isn’t one to pass up a shooting opportunity.

It was Morrison’s 90th minute strike which rescued a hard-fought point at Spurs, while the Scotland international could have bagged a hat-trick in the hour he was on the pitch against Reading last time out, yet somehow failed to net at all. So just as I’ll keep faith with West Brom’s early season promise, I shall do the exact same with star man James Morrison. At 85/40 (BetVictor) and 11/2 (SkyBet) respectively, I think I may have unearthed some Super Sunday value deep in the Midlands.

Match Prediction: West Brom to WIN @ 85/40 with BetVictor

Recommended Bet: James Morrison to Score Anytime @ 11/2 with SkyBet