It is possible that Fulham and West Brom will be comfortably ensconced in a mid-table Premier League position come the middle of May, although both sides are sitting uncomfortably near the foot of the league after poor starts to the campaign.
Fulham’s three points have come from drawing all their home matches to date, although the latest of these saw Martin Jol’s team storm back from 2-0 down to end Manchester City’s 100% start to the campaign, something which could give them fresh impetus going into the match.
The visitors are 9/4 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win at The Hawthorns against a team devoid of confidence after losing four of their opening five games. However, the only poor performance from Roy Hodgson’s team was the 3-0 loss at Swansea last weekend, with the Baggies’ other defeats coming against Chelsea, Manchester United and Stoke City.
West Brom can be backed at 13/10 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to start working their way out of a tight squeeze at the foot of the Premier League, although several of his players featured for 120 minutes at Goodison Park on Wednesday as the Midlands club were knocked out of the Carling Cup in extra-time.
Shane Long will be back in the attack and hoping to add to his goals scored against United and Chelsea, with the former Reading man on offer at 6/1 and Peter Odemwingie available at a similar price.
Fulham will simply be looking to stop the rot as far as away defeats are concerned, with the Cottagers having lost at Wolves and Newcastle so far this season. The draw can be backed at odds of 9/4 and Under 2.5 Goals looks like a sensible punt at 5/6.