Premier League Betting: West Brom v Fulham – Fan v Fan Preview



West Brom perspective: Scott Bytheway, Baggies Blog

Team news

The strength of Albion's squad has recenty been tested, with a patched up side battling well against Manchester United on their last outing. Defenders Steven Reid, Jonas Olsson, Goran Popov missed the game; Olsonn is a big miss but Popov is well covered by Ridgewell. Our two key holding midfielders, Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob, are also struggling for fitness.

Form

Despite the loss at Old Trafford, which was no surprise, Albion have still managed to pick up a win on the road against QPR, and beat an improving Norwich at over the festive period. Norwich had not lost in something like 10 games prior to losing at the Hawthorns, so that was a great scalp.

Head-to-head

This fixture last season ended goalless, and Fulham have never won at the Hawthorns in the Premier League. The last meeting between the two sides saw Fulham win convincingly 3-0.

Best bets

West Brom to win at 1.95. We're in good form. Fulham are not. Sometimes it's as simple as that.

Dimitar Berbatov to score at 3.35. With our defence patched up, Berbatov - easily Fulham's best player - will nick a goal.

Over 2.5 goals at 1.80. Fulham have leaked a few goals recently, and with Albion having a full contingency of fit strikers there could be goals here.

Score prediction: West Brom 3-1 Fulham (16.00)

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Fulham perspective: Dan Crawford, Hammy End

Team news
 
Fulham are likely to be without the injured trio of Mladen Petric, Damien Duff and Mahmadou Diarra. Alex Kacaniklic failed a fitness test ahead of Saturday's defeat by Swansea and Mark Schwarzer remains troubled by a neck problem. Manager Martin Jol made six changes from the Boxing Day draw with Southampton and will now have to decide whether to persevere with these who came in, including full-back Matthew Briggs and Giorgis Karagounis.

Form

The end of 2012 can't come soon enough for Fulham. Two wins in the last three months leave Martin Jol's men looking anxiously over their shoulders from 14th place. A dismal December saw the Whites offer QPR their only Premier League victory, succumb meekly at Anfield and hand out some late Christmas presents with Chris Baird's handball helping Southampton to a point and David Stockdale’s slip-ups aiding Swansea. We haven't won away since September.

Head-to-head

Fulham haven’t won any of their six Premier League games at the Hawthorns. Our last win at West Brom came in March 2002, when Steve Marlet settled a tight FA Cup quarter-final. Fulham fans with slightly longer memories still recall New Year's Day 1992 fondly, when Sean Farrell scored a hat-trick at the Hawthorns.

Best bets

West Brom win at 1.95. Given Fulham's woeful record at the Hawthorns, this looks very generously priced.

Bryan Ruiz to score at 3.90. The mercurial forward marked his first start since November with a goal against Swansea. Back him to repeat the feat.

Draw/West Brom HT/FT at 5.50. Fulham's recent second half slumps against QPR, Southampton and Swansea makethis an attractive proposition.

Score prediction: West Brom 2-1 Fulham (8.75)

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