West Brom surprised many people under Steve Clarke last term and they have started brightly enough this time around, with the team feeling a strong sense of injustice a fortnight ago when a wrongly-awarded penalty at Stamford Bridge cost them all three points.
The Baggies have also won at Old Trafford this term and it’s fair to say they have had a difficult recent run of fixtures, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea among the teams they have faced.
West Brom are strong favourites at 23/20 with bet365 online to claim victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras and that defeat at Anfield is the only game they have lost in the last nine encounters, with Albion playing some great football against Jose Mourinho’s men.
Sunderland’s loss is certainly the Baggies’ gain as far as Stephane Sessegnon is concerned, with the Benin midfielder providing some cut and thrust from an attacking midfield position and he can be backed at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to score the first of this game.
It appears that Clarke is to be rewarded for his endeavours at The Hawthorns, with the Midlands club set to open contract talks in the New Year and they will be keen to retain the services of someone who has thrived in their first management position.
Paul Lambert is starting to feel similarly comfortable at Villa Park after a difficult first season which saw his team just about survive in the Premier League thanks to a late flurry of positive results.
Villa have been more successful on the road than at home this season despite beating Manchester City in front of their own supporters, with the Midlands side beaten just once away from home and that was a controversial 2-1 reverse at Stamford Bridge.
Bet365 go 14/5 about an away win on Monday night, with the Villans coming into this match off the back of a 2-0 win against Cardiff a fortnight ago which saw Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak score late goals.
Christian Benteke has failed to score since his return from injury although the Belgian won’t be kept quiet for long and can be backed at 13/2 with BetVictor to break the deadlock at The Hawthorns.
It is noticeable that the visitors have really learned to shut up shop on their travels this season, having recently come away from Upton Park and the KC Stadium with a point thanks to goalless draws.
Coral offer 10/1 about No Goalscorer for the third Villa away game on the bounce and it appears that Ron Vlaar and Ciaran Clark are forming a strong central defensive unit in front of Brad Guzan, with Under 2.5 Goals the bet to have in this match at 5/6 with BetVictor.
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