It is a big Midlands derby to light up Saturday afternoon. The Baggies are still holding their ground in a push for promotion but have won only two of their last six. Can Aston Villa, who have drawn a lot of games lately, break them? Read our Aston Villa v West Brom betting tips for more.
Aston Villa 6/4
West Brom 17/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 13th, 2019 at 3:34 a.m.)
Aston Villa suffered a late defeat at Brentford in midweek which leaves them with just the one win in their last eight league fixtures. They have put together a four-match undefeated streak at home, but only going W1 D3 in that sequence. Overall this season Aston Villa have produced a W6 D8 L2 record on home soil in the Championship. They have posted a great average of 2.3 goals per home game and have scored at least two goals in each of their last nine at Villa Park.
62% of Aston Villa’s home games this season have ended up over 3.5 goals. Both teams have scored in 81% of Aston Villa’s home fixtures. A huge positive for Aston Villa has been their scoring, as they have hit the back of the net in each and every home league game played. Only two sides in the division have scored more league goals than Aston Villa have. Defensively is where Villa have fallen down because only two sides in the league have conceded more than they have done this season.
There was a 2-2 draw between them at the Hawthorns in December
Each of the last two league meetings have been drawn
Two of the last six meetings only have ended over 2.5 goals
West Brom won their last league visit to Villa Park 1-0
West Brom were involved in an entertaining 2-2 draw at home against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night. That leaves them with a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five league fixtures. Overall this season away from home in the Championship, West Brom are at W8 D3 L4. The Baggies will be looking for their third straight away success in the division, and they have actually won six of their last seven away from the Hawthorns.
So they are a side in pretty decent form at the moment and of course will be up for this big derby match. West Brom have improved to three clean sheets in their last four away games after not managing a single one in their opening 11 away games. West Brom have scored in each of their last 15 league fixtures, including a seven-match scoring streak on their travels. None of West Brom’s last nine away games have ended in a draw. There are still the top scorers in the Championship, and only the top two of Norwich and Leeds have earned more away points then the Baggies have done.
The draw looks a good fit for the Midlands derby here. West Brom don’t look likely to lose, but just aren’t quite delivering enough wins overall in current form. Aston Villa certainly know how to stick in there for a point. Draw in the match outright.
14th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
West Brom have found wins hard to come by at the Hawthorns recently in the Championship. They will be looking to turn their fortunes around as a play host to Nottingham Forest. Forest are on the fringes of the play-off places they can’t afford to fall any further behind. Read our West Brom v Nottingham Forest betting tips for more.
West Brom 4/5
Nottingham Forest 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
West Brom took a 1-0 win at rivals Stoke on the weekend, but they have failed to win any of their last three on home soil in the division (D2 L1). In their last home game, they suffered a 2-3 reverse against Middlesbrough in a top-five clash. Overall this season West Brom are W7 D5 L3 at home in the Championship. The recent defeat there against Middlesbrough snapped a seven-match undefeated streak of form that they were on at the Hawthorns. West Brom have won only one of their last six on home soil.
A positive though is that they have averaged 2.3 goals per home game this season, with 47% of their fixtures at the hawthorns going over 3.5 goals. West Brom have taken only the two home clean sheets this season. Both teams have scored in 87% of West Brom’s home games. Interestingly only one of their seven home wins this season have been by a one-goal margin. West Brom have scored in all of their home games this season, and home and away combined have netted in each of their last 14.
The Baggies played out a 1-1 draw at Forest earlier this season
Things are at one win each and one draw from three previous Championship meetings
Both teams have scored in two of the three previous Championship games
Nottingham Forest collected a 2-1 home victory over Brentford on the weekend. Their continued a good run of form that they are at home. On their travels, though things are not looking so good for them as they are on a three-match losing streak. Overall this season away from home in the Championship Nottingham Forest have returned a W3 D8 L4 record. They are currently winless in their last six on the road, losing three of those.
Nottingham Forest have taken a clean sheet in a third of their away games this season. Home and away combined as they are without a clean sheet in any of their last nine played though. Their last two away defeats have both been by a 2-0 scoreline. Of the eight away defeats which they have suffered this season all but two of them have been by just the one-goal margin. Forest start the midweek action five points outside of the play-off places.
West Brom have the chance to get back to winning ways at the Hawthorns in this one. Nottingham Forest have not been performing on their travels and West Brom to sneak this win by a one-goal margin is a good proposition.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke will be looking to knock their rivals West Brom down a peg as they play host to the Baggies on Saturday evening. Stoke’s season hasn’t quite lived up to expectation, whereas West Brom are on a big promotion push. Read our Stoke v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 8th, 2019 at 2:33 p.m.)
Stoke are really going through a rough patch of form lately as they have lost five of their last seven (W1 D1). That has seen them lodge themselves firmly in the bottom half of the table. This massive collapse has been after they were unbeaten in ten games in the second tier. So it has gone downhill quickly. Stoke are W7 D3 L5 at home this season in the Championship now. They have lost two for their last three at home, both of those were 2-0 reverses against Bristol City then Preston.
Stoke have actually failed to score in five of their last seven league outings, so there’s a clear problem there. Only five teams have scored fewer league goals than they have managed this season. Four of their last five league losses have been by a 2-0 scoreline. Just 33% of Stoke’s home games this season have gone above 2.5 goals. Stoke have opened the scoring in eight of their fifteen home games.
There was a 2-1 home win for West Brom over Stoke earlier this season
West Brom are W2 D2 L1 in their last five against the Potters
Both teams have scored in all but one of the last six clashes
Stoke are unbeaten in two on home soil against Albion (W1 D1)
The Baggies haven’t quite been at their best lately eight though. They lost a top clash against Middlesbrough last weekend, going down 2-3 at home against Boro. That leaves the Baggies with only the one win in their last five (D2 L2) so there have been vulnerabilities creeping in. However, if you break it down and look at their away form, they have won three of their last four out on the road (L1). Overall this season the Baggies are W7 D3 L4 on their travels.
West Brom have averaged 1.7 goals per away games, but have only taken the two clean sheets away from home. Those have both been in their last three road fixtures. West Brom have scored in each of their last thirteen league outings (home and away combined) and they are still the top-scoring side in the division. Albion have been level at the break in 8 of their 14 away games and they boast the fourth-best away record of all Championship sides.
Stoke just haven’t been scoring and they have fallen badly out of form. It hasn’t been the greatest spell from West Brom, but they may be able to go and collect a valuable three points against their rivals. West Brom to win and under 2.5 goals looks a solid proposition.
8th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
When these two came out of the hat together for the draw it is always looked as if could be a tight tussle. It was that way in the first meeting with a 0-0 draw played out at the Amex. Will it be Championship side West Brom who holds the advantage now with home soil for the replay? The winners hosts Derby in the next round. Read our West Brom v Brighton betting tips for more.
West Brom 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 2nd, 2019 at 11:33 p.m.)
Well, it’s back to square one for these two in the FA Cup as neither managed to get on the scoresheet in the first meeting. West Brom are driving well on a big promotion push in the Championship. They lost a big home clash with Middlesbrough on the weekend through 2-3. Anyway, that snapped a four-match undefeated streak that they had been on. That includes the 0-0 draw against Brighton. The Baggies are the highest-scoring side in the Championship and so there is every reason to believe that they will carry a threat. The Throstles can also bring a bit of home form to the table too. They were on an eight undefeated streak of form at home in all competitions before their loss against Boro on the weekend. They have lost just four home games all term.
Brighton played out a 0-0 draw against Watford on the weekend in the Premier League. That was their fifth game in a row without a win. Over their last twelve games in all competitions, Brighton have only won two fixtures. One of those was a good 3-1 win at Bournemouth in the last round of the FA Cup. Brighton though have failed to score in two of their last three away games so it will be interesting to see how they handle this tricky away game. The Seagulls haven’t been good travellers. That win at Bournemouth in the last round is their only success in their last six away from the Amex (D1 L4). They have won just there away games in all competitions this season. They have, however, been scoring a bit more frequently, having averaged exactly two goals per game in their last four road fixtures. However, it is worth putting into context the fact that they have managed just one clean sheet all season away from home.
West Brom have to have a decent shot at knocking off their Premier League opposition here. Albion are a good, strong home side and the Seagulls haven’t been travellers at all this season. West Brom to win at 29/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 2nd, 2019 at 11:33 p.m.)
4th February 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Brighton have had a fairly decent season in the Premier League and their home form has been good. They get something of a tricky fourth round FA Cup tie though as they welcome West Brom. The Baggies are having a strong season in the Championship as they try and push for promotion back up to the top flight. Read our Brighton v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 14/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.)
The Seagulls have suffered back-to-back defeats but that has be put into context as they were Premier League games against Liverpool and Manchester United. In the last round of the FA Cup Brighton secured a win at Premier League opposition in the form of Bournemouth. Overall this season though they have been a much better side at home than they have been out on their travels, so that could be a factor in this one.
Brighton have done well at the Amex in the top flight and have only lost two of their last eight there. Those were against Liverpool and Chelsea. Brighton have scored in all but two of their home games. In seven of their last nine home games, Brighton have scored exactly one goal. The last time they hosted West Brom was back in the 2017 Premier League and Brighton took a 3-1 home victory on that occasion. That made it a three-match winning streak that Brighton are on against West Brom and all were by a two goal margin.
The Baggies have bigger fish to fry this season as they are trying to make a serious promotion push to get back up to the Premier League. West Brom have not been short of goals as they are the top scorers in this season’s Championship. In the third round, they did have a bit of a low-key game in edging their way past Wigan at the Hawthorns. West Brom have lost just one of their last 13 games across all competitions which is pretty strong.
They have away form behind them as well, having won all but one of their last six away from the Hawthorns. West Brom have scored at least two goals in each of their last five away wins that they have recorded. So that is the big goal scoring threat that they will bring to the table in this FA Cup fourth-round tie against Brighton. If they go for this then they really could cause Brighton some problems.
West Brom are a decent side but have to be more concerned about a potential promotion push. Brighton will have their hands full but have been pretty reliable on home soil. The Seagulls can sneak it by one goal margin at 11/4* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2019 at 7:16 pm)
24th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Bolton v West Brom Championship Preview, 21st January 8.00pm
Bolton still have huge relegation concerns hanging over their heads as they go into the weekend second from bottom and four points from safety. They need to grab every point they can get at the moment and will be looking to make the most of home advantage on Monday. West Brom are still fighting for a shot at automatic promotion. Read our Bolton v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 8/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 18th, 2019 at 7:47 p.m.)
The Trotters lost 2-1 at Bristol City last weekend in the Championship
It is back-to-back defeats in the second tier that Bolton have suffered
Bolton have only taken one victory in their last 17 league games
Overall the season on home soil the record is W3 D3 L7
In a sequence of home matches, they have produced only the eight goals, conceding 16
The Trotters have only lost one of their last four at home (W1 D2)
Bolton have earned just two home clean sheets
In attack, they have failed to score in 54% of their Championship form fixtures
Just once this season have they been leading the halftime break in a home game
Of the eight goals that they have scored at home 62% of them have been in the second period of fixtures
Just five times on home soil this season have Bolton opened the scoring in a game
Bolton have the worst home record in the season’s Championship and they are also the lowest scoring side in the division
Bolton took a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns in early August over West Brom
The Trotters have lost only ten fixtures against the Baggies
There have been eight draws in the last thirteen meetings
West Brom are winless in their last seven visits to Bolton
West Brom are still on a big promotion push but are winless in three games
They played out a 1-1 draw against Norwich last weekend
The Baggies have suffered just one defeat in their last 11 league fixtures
The low defeat in that sequence happened in their last away game which was at Blackburn on new years day
West Brom have been on a four-match winning streak on their travels before that
They have scored at least two goals in four of their last five away games
Overall this season they have averaged 1.7 goals per away game
62% of their away fixtures in the Championship have gone over 2.5 goals
West Brom have managed just one clean sheet away from home this season
Five of the six away wins that they have recorded have been by a one-goal margin only
West Brom have scored in each of their last 11 Championship fixtures, home and away combined
Surprisingly the Baggies have open the scoring in just three away games
West Brom are the top scoring side in the Championship
Bolton really are not offering up much in the way of attacking form at the moment and with the goals that West Brom are able to deliver, our prediction for the fixture is the straightforward away win in the match outright.
19th January 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
This is just about the top clash in the Championship this weekend. Norwich are holding on to second place in the table but have won just one of their last five played. West Brom could draw level on points with the Canaries if they get the win. But the Baggies suffered a shock defeat at the start of the year, losing to Blackburn. Read our West Brom v Norwich betting tips for more.
West Brom 21/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 5:20 p.m.)
The Baggies are sitting fourth in the Championship after a loss at Blackburn on January 1st
That snapped a nine-match undefeated streak of league form
They are unbeaten in their last six home games in the league (W2 D4)
They have scored 32 home goals at an average of 2.46 per game
46% of their games at the Hawthorns have made it over 3.5 goals this term
They have only managed the two home clean sheets though
Both teams have scored in 85% of West Brom’s home games
Their overall home form reads W7 D4 L2 this season
West Brom have scored in every league home game played
Of the goals, they have scored at home 72% of them have been in the second period of matches
They are the highest scoring side in the Championship
West Brom have the second-best home record in this season’s Championship
They have scored the opening goal in 8 of their 13 home games
West Brom won a 4-3 thriller out at Carrow Road in August
The Baggies have won three of the last four league meetings
Each of the last five league meetings have produced an away win
Both teams have scored in just one of the last seven clashes
The Canaries picked up point in a 1-1 draw with Brentford last time out
They are winless in three now (D2 L1) in the league
Their away form for the season is W6 D6 L1
Norwich have remained undefeated in their last eleven road games
They are currently on a seven-match scoring streak in the Championship
Norwich have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season
They have conceded at under a goal per game on average
Their clean sheet tally on the road is at four for the season
The Canaries have earned a clean sheet in two of their last four away games
Over half of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals
Four of their six away wins have been by a one-goal margin
They have been level at the halftime break in nine of their thirteen road games
Of the away goals Norwich have scored, 73% of them have been in the second half of matches
Norwich have the best away record in the Championship
Only two sides have scored more league goals than Norwich this season
What an opportunity for the Baggies to get themselves into the hunt for the automatic promotion places. That loss against Blackburn should have woken them up and this is a good time for them to be hosting the Canaries. Home win.
9th January 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Blackburn suffered their third straight league defeat on the weekend as they lost heavily at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United. They get another tough fixture on their hands to start the new year as they face West Brom. The Baggies are on a great unbeaten stretch of form inside the top three. They have winning momentum on the road as well at the moment. Read our Blackburn v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 5/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 2:58 p.m.)
Rovers suffered a 3-2 loss at Sheffield United on the weekend
That was their third straight league defeat after losing to Leeds and Norwich
Blackburn are winless in five league games now (D2 L3)
They have conceded at least two goals in six of their last eight league fixtures
Overall this season at Ewood Park Blackburn have a W4 D6 L2 record
The two home defeats have been against current top-four sides, West Brom are third
Rovers had a five-match unbeaten home streak snapped before Christmas as they lost to Norwich
Less than half of league games at Ewood Park the season have gone over 2.5 goals
Blackburn have no clean sheet in four on home soil
They have conceded in each of their last nine league games
Blackburn have been drawing at half time in nine of their twelve home games
They have scored 81% of their home goals after half time
They have shipped 79% of their home goals in the second period of matches
Only three teams have a worse defensive record than Rovers in the Championship
The Baggies and Blackburn played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season
West Brom are undefeated in three league games against Rovers (W2 D1)
Their last meeting at Ewood Park was in the 2011/12 Premier League
Rovers are W1 D1 L1 in their last three home games against West Brom
The Baggies earned a point in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend
That moved them on a good nine-match undefeated streak of form
The Baggies have scored in each of their last nine league outings
Their form on the road is a four-match winning streak at the moment
The Baggies have an overall away record of W6 D3 L3 this season
They have produced at least two goals in each of their last four away games
In total, they have averaged 1.75 goals per away game this season
A third of their away games this season have gone over 2.5 goals
Each of their last four road games have gone over 2.5 goals
There has been just the one away clean sheet collected by West Brom
Both teams have scored in two-thirds of West Brom’s away games
The Baggies have been level at half time in seven of their twelve road games
West Brom are the top scoring team in the Championship
Only Leeds and Norwich have a better away record than the Baggies do
West Brom have done well on the road lately and with Rovers so badly out of form at the moment, we can only see the away win. The Baggies look strong enough to collect all three points at the moment in a low-scoring game.
31st December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is the final Championship action before Christmas. Who will finish top of the league? There’s a great day of action on Saturday which rounds off with Hull v Swansea. Current league leaders Leeds make a tricky trip to face Aston Villa on Sunday.
Here are our top predictions and tips for the Championship weekend action. Dates and kick-off times vary.
Sunday, 23rd December – 1.30 pm
If Aston Villa could defend then their chances of getting back up to the top flight would be greatly enhanced. They have conceded at least two goals in four of their last five games played. They have shipped a total of nine goals in their last three home games. They are being tough to beat though as they are unbeaten in seven league games now, but have drawn their last two.
Leeds come for a visit on the weekend with a massive point (or three) to prove at the top of the table. They have powered their way to a five-match winning streak and four of those were with a clean sheet. With a W6 L1 record in their last seven played, this should be some duel. They have won three of their four away games this season at the other three teams inside the top four currently. Villa are down in eight and Leeds will have a chance here.
We like the look of Leeds getting the edge over Villa. They have lost just one of their last eight against the Villains and can expose those big holes in Villa’s defence. Away win at 19/10 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 19th, 2018 at 8:43 pm)
Saturday, 22nd December – 3.00 pm
The Bees are buzzing around inside the bottom six after a really tough sequence of results. They ran out of steam really in early October after a strong start and they are now W1 D1 L8 in their last ten games. That’s a rough ride and they are on a three-match losing streak at home in the Championship as well. They have shipped at least two goals in five of their last six games in the league.
However, they are W4 D1 at home this season against sides currently 16th or lower in the table. With Bolton sitting second from bottom, can Brentford ease some pressure? The Trotters are even worse off in current form with a D2 L6 run of games. They are just struggling so badly in front of goal that even against out of form sides they are hard to trust.
Brentford to squeeze out a win by a one-goal margin at 12/5 odds appeals* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 19th, 2018 at 8:43 pm). Bolton aren’t terrible at the back, they just can’t score.
Saturday, 22nd December – 3.00 pm
The Tractor Boys celebrated a big three points for themselves last weekend. Those points came in a 1-0 home win over Wigan who are one of the worst away sides in the Championship. Ipswich won’t care. That was their first win of the season at Portman Road (D6 L4). Can they build on it? The chances of that happening aren’t all that great really as Sheffield United are coming for a visit.
The Blades slipped to a defeat in a big clash against West Brom last weekend, but have won six of their eleven road games this season. From their away games against the current bottom six this season, the Blades have gone W4 D1. Sheffield United scored at least two goals in each of those. They have made light work of games like this.
Sheffield United have had no problems seeing off the lower sides in the division. We are predicting that to continue. Away win at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 19th, 2018 at 8:43 pm)
Saturday, 22nd December – 3.00 pm
Rotherham collected yet another point from a Championship League fixture last weekend. They drew 1-1 at home with Reading and that is five drawn matches in their last six games (L1). Looking back further they are now W1 D10 L2 in their last thirteen fixtures. They just can’t seem to shake that habit of drawing games. It means that both teams have scored in Rotherham’s last eight games. They are unbeaten in nine now on home soil.
West Brom start the weekend in third place in the table and the Baggies are on a good six-match streak of undefeated form. They have won their last three away games as well. There has been a trend in those three away wins as well because they have all ended in a 2-1 success for the Baggies and all five of their away wins this season have been by a one-goal margin. Is that form good enough to see them get past the Millers on the weekend?
West Brom to win by a one-goal margin at 11/4 odds takes our fancy here. Rotherham are resilient, but the Baggies are carrying good strong form* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 19th, 2018 at 8:43 pm).
21st December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
This is a big top-five clash from the Championship on Friday night. West Brom are trailing the Blades by one point and they will be looking to extend their current unbeaten form to six in the second tier. The Blades have won two of their last three but have been finding the wins hard to come by at home recently. Read our Sheffield United v West Brom betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 6/5
West Brom 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 8:43 p.m.)
Sheffield United collected a good three points in a clean-sheet win at Reading last weekend. That leaves them with a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five games now in the Championship. Their home form has been pretty good this season with a W5 D3 L2 record at Bramall Lane but they suffered a loss in their last home fixture, a 1-0 reverse against Leeds. That defeat snapped an eight-match unbeaten streak of home form. The Blades haven’t hit the back of the net in either of their last two home games.
The Blades have earned a clean sheet in 30% of their home games but they have won just one of their home games to nil this term. Both teams have scored in 60% of all games at Bramall Lane this term. The bulk of the goals which the Blades have conceded at home this season in the Championship have been in the second half of games (80%). Only four sides have conceded fewer goals than the Blades have done in the Championship.
This is the first league meeting since the 2009/10 Championship season
West Brom took four points that season against the Blades
Sheffield United are unbeaten in two at home against the Baggies
Things are even at one win each and two draws in the last four meetings
The Baggies played out a 2-2 draw against Villa last weekend which leaves them with back to back drawn fixtures in the Championship. They have not suffered a loss in any of their last five league games now and out on the road they have gone W4 D3 L3. West Brom have managed to post back to back away wins though and both of those were by a 2-1 scoreline as well. West Brom have scored 15 away goals conceding 14.
50% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals and none of their away wins posted this season have been with a clean sheet. Both teams have scored in 70% of West Brom away fixtures so far this term. They have been level at the halftime break in six of their ten games away from the Hawthorns. Home and away combined they have no clean sheet in 12 league games. As a positive, they have scored in each of their last five league fixtures.
The draw is our prediction for Sheffield United v West Brom. They should be evenly matched but while the Blades are favourites, their home form hasn’t been hot enough to suggest that they can take all the points off of the Baggies. Draw.
12th December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting