Paul Lambert has seen his team take just four points from an opening five matches although Wednesday night’s 4-2 win at Manchester City in the League Cup was richly-deserved and the Scot will hope that acts as a turning point in the season.
Aston Villa are 6/4 with Paddy Power to claim three valuable points, with Gabby Agbonlahor scoring twice at the Etihad Stadium and he can be backed at 15/2 (Stan James) to score first in this match, while Darren Bent is a 6/1 chance.
Nevertheless, West Brom are sitting in fourth place after a very strong start to the season which has seen the Baggies win all three of their home games and also pick up a valuable point at White Hart Lane which means they will approach this match with confidence.
Steve Clarke’s team are a 2/1 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to win at Villa Park thus delighting the thousands of supporters that make the short journey to the ground, with several first-team players set to return after being rested for that Carling Cup defeat against Liverpool.
A draw won’t be a bad result for Albion who will look to improve on their last away performance which saw Fulham win 3-0 at Craven Cottage although the mitigating circumstances is that Peter Odemwingie saw red in the first half.
You can get 12/5 about this match finishing all square and we are expecting a low-scoring affair that could well finish goalless.