Southampton welcomes West Bromwich Albion in a match from the 21st round of the English Premier League. This is a match which the bookmakers expect to be won by the home side, but for sure it will be a great and most importantly really difficult to predict battle.
Mauricio Pochettino’s boys started the season in an extraordinary way and even touched the first places in the standings, but their form fell down in the last two months and they dropped to the middle of the table. With just two wins in their last ten matches, Southampton occupies the ninth place and is ten points behind the sixth place, which was their goal after the great first results they achieved.
It is curious to note that WBA walked the same path last season when for a long period of time they were one of the toughest to beat teams in the league. However, on the second part of the season they experienced a decline in the form and finished in the mid-table. If we go back to Southampton it is important to notice that in the last ten matches they played, they met teams like Chelsea twice, Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle so their poor results are somewhat justified. On this fact relies the lack of bad pressure in the team, which is definitely welcomed by the manager given the lighter program from now on.
However, it has to be noted that WBA is a rival, which is difficult to beat. In their last ten matches they’ve achieved five draws and started the new year more than fine after a victory over Newcastle at home.
What do the bookies offer for this match? Bet-at-home provides the lowest odds for a home win, offering only 1.7. The host’s chances for a win are assessed by bet365 on 1.8 and on 1.73 by William Hill. The odds for a draw of the three bookmakers are close and are about 3.6. West Brom ‘s chances for a victory are assessed by bet-at-home at 4.85, by bet365 at 4.6 and by William Hill at 4.5.
It is right to say that all these odds offered by the bookmakers seem correct and not good enough to make a bet. That’s why my advice is to stay away from this match and choose another one on which to bet.