Author: Tony MacDonald
West Bromwich Albion
Published: 11:36 04/01/2015
West Bromwich Albion's official digital betting partner Freebets.com previews the upcoming clash with Hull City which will be the club's first Premier League game under the guidance of new manager Tony Pulis.
Having watched from the stands as Albion drew 1-1 away at West Ham, Pulis had intended to do the same against non-league Gateshead in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. However, with West Brom unable to assert their authority on the underdogs early on he was soon in the dugout and his influence evident almost straight away as WBA went in at half-time with a 2-0 lead.
If Gateshead had any hopes of a comeback, they were soon dashed after the interval as the Throstles went on a scoring-spree to record a landslide 7-0 victory. Albion will see the game against Hull as a good opportunity to keep the ball rolling and build some momentum ahead of a testing trip to Everton in the following fixture as they strive to put some distance between themselves and the drop-zone.
Who Will Win?
There's no hiding from the fact that West Brom have failed to win 9 of their last 10 matches in the Premier League, but there are serious questionmarks over Hull's away form.
The Baggies will be galvanised by the appointment of Pulis and can take confidence from their comfortable cup win into this encounter. Betfair Sportsbook's 21/20 looks a fair price to add the home side to your weekend acca, especially considering that Hull have won just 1 of their last 9 away games in the Premier League.
This fixture ended as a 1-1 draw last season and West brom won 3-2 against Hull on their last visit to the Hawthorns in the Capital One Cup, while the sides played out a 0-0 draw on their most recent meeting at the KC Stadium last month.
Will There Be Goals?
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Hull's last 7 games in the Premier League and Steve Bruce's side are likely to try and keep things tight once again in an away game.
Tony Pulis seemed to emphasise defensive stability when turning things around at Crystal Palace last season and although West Brom were among the goals against Gateshead, a more balanced approach is anticipated here.
At 45%, Albion have taken part in fewer games resulting in over 2.5 goals than the league average of 52% and a bet on their being Under 2.5 Goals at 11/17 with Ladbrokes could be the way to go, while Paddy Power go 4/5 that both teams don't find the net.
Who Will Score?
It's hard to rule out Saido Berahino after he scored four goals against Gateshead and he must be high on any punter's list for First, Last and Anytime Goalscorer bets.
It was Brown Ideye who got the opener against Hull in the League Cup, but Berahino came off the bench to net the winner and will be looking to add to his tally of 8 Premier League goals having ended a barran spell with his equaliser West Ham on New Years Day.
Correct Score Prediction
West Brom 1 - 0 Hull - 5/1 Betfair Sportsbook