West Bromwich stood their ground at Old Trafford but in the end the hosts prevailed by two goals to nil. Now they can return the favor against Fulham, as they have home pitch advantage and a squad at full strength, compared to their opponents who are plagued by injuries.
Match: West Bromwich vs Fulham
Bet: West Bromwich
Odds: Pinnacle 2.01
Popov is still to recover but his absence in the defense should go unnoticed if West Bromwich continues to play the same aggressive 4-4-2. The hosts have conceded only 7 goals at home, the fewest in Premier League and are tied with Manchester City at 7 wins. At Hawthorns, they have won half of the 20 games played against Fulham and lost only four, with the last defeat occurring 13 years ago. Lukaku and Long will spearhead the offense, with Gera and Odemwingie as backup if things don’t go as expected.
Fulham would normally send Berbatov and Petric upfront, but since the Croatian is on the disabled list, they will have only the Bulgarian in the offense. It should be enough for the visitors, if the midfield would be intact but unfortunately for them, Duff and Diarra are also injured. Coach Jol has to do the best with the remaining players but given the recent results in away fixtures, the most he can hope for is a draw.
West Bromwich makes another attempt at leapfrogging two teams and climb on the 5th place in the Premier League. This time they are entitled to hope for a positive result, and punters should also bask in their glory by placing a wager with Pinnacle on home victory at odds of 2.01.