West Brom Premier League Betting Preview

West Bromwich Albion Betting Odds


West Bromwich Albion Betting Preview

West Bromwich Albion’s title odds of 1500/1 would be at least double that had it not been for the bookies taking a hit on Leicester City last season.  Can the Baggies pull off a similar shock?  No, they can’t.

There’s absolutely nothing to suggest that they are capable of making any meaningful challenge for the upper echelons of the Premier League table either, so keep your pennies in your pocket rather than back them for a top four or top six finish.

W.B.A. are available at 9/1 to finish in the top-half of the table with Bet365.  That’s not without a degree of attraction when taking into account how little there is between teams outside the top six or seven clubs and that Pulis eventually steered his team to a 14th place finish last term but, until and unless there is further progress on summer recruitment, it doesn’t look worth backing.

The West Brom relegation odds of 5/2 might be worth a flutter.  Of course, Tony Pulis teams don’t do relegation, but there were calls for the manager to leave last season and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise were he to resign or be fired if the Baggies start the new season poorly.  Without him this looks to be a very average squad that could struggle to keep their heads above the drop-zone.

West Bromwich Albion rarely seem to feature at the business end of cup competitions and, unless they get some favourable draws, it’s difficult to see that changing this season.


Transfer Window

In

  • Matt Phillips (Queens Park Rangers)

Out

  • Victor Anichebe (out of contract)
  • Stephane Sessegnon (out of contract)
  • Samir Nabi (out of contract)
  • Callam Jones (Accrington Stanley – six-month loan)
  • Anders Lindegaard (Preston North End)
  • Joshua Ezewele (Yeovil Town)

West Bromwich Albion’s record 2015-16

  • Premier League – 14th
  • FA Cup – 5th round (Reading)
  • League Cup – 3rd round (Norwich City)

West Bromwich Albion fixtures 2016-17

The Baggies kick-off their Premier League season away to Crystal Palace on Saturday 13th August.  Everton will be the visitors for the first game of the season at the Hawthorns.  They end their campaign at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium on Sunday 21st May 2017.


West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips

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There’s been very little transfer activity at the Hawthorns to date, with winger Matt Phillips being the only new recruit to date.  Defensively West Brom look reasonably solid, as one would expect of a Pulis team.  The main area that needs addressing is finding someone to share the goalscoring burden with Solomon Rondon.

In an ideal world that man would be someone already on the books at the Hawthorns – Saido Berahino.  However, the striker has rejected a new contract and it really is time that the Baggies cashed-in on a player who generally appears to be more trouble than he’s worth given his lack of commitment.

Unsurprisingly, W.B.A. have been linked with a series of strikers in recent weeks, including Odion Ihalo (Watford), Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) and Benjamin Moukandjo (FC Lorient).  How many of these rumours are credible and how many are based on simply linking potentially available players deemed to be a good fit for Pulis’s style of play is unclear.

There is ongoing speculation as to a possible takeover of the club, with reports of interest from China in buying Jeremy Peace’s stake in the club.  With the slump in the value of the pound post-Brexit, now might be a good opportunity for foreign investors looking to purchase a Premier League club at a discount.  Were a buy-out to happen, it would need to be concluded pretty sharpish if any new money were to be invested in the current transfer window.


West Bromwich Albion Information

  • Official club site: www.wba.co.uk/
  • Stadium: The Hawthorns
  • Manager: Tony Pulis
  • Club nickname: The Baggies
  • Year formed: 1878
  • Club owner: Jeremy Peace 87.8%
  • Most League appearances: Tony Brown (574)
  • Most League Goals: Tony Brown (218)

West Brom Club Honours

Football League First Division/ Premier League

Winners (1): 1919–20

Football League Second Division/ Football League Championship

Winners (3): 1901–02, 1910–11, 2007–08

FA Cup

Winners (5): 1887-8, 1891-2, 1930-1, 1953-4, 1967-8

Football League Cup

Winners (1): 1965-6

FA Charity Shield

Winners (2): 1920, 1954 (shared)