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P.J. Murray 7th May 2011 - 17:21

Black Country derby could be bright day for Wolves

The relegation battle in the Premier League is getting tighter and tighter and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is adamant they will avoid the drop.

McCarthy stoically refused to answer any questions of relegation at a mid-week press conference and if his side are to do this they will need to beat West Brom in the Black Country derby.

Wolves are 6/5 to beat West Brom at Molineux, while the Baggies are 23/10 to come away with a victory.

Roy Hodgson's first game in charge was a home match against Wolves, one which they scraped a draw which took them just about the relegation zone and since then they have only moved up the table.

McCarthy has seen his side fail to win in five games with only two draws during that period.

Peter Odemwingie has declared his intention to stay at West Brom and he can celebrate by becoming the first Premier League player this season to score in five consecutive games. The Nigerian is 5/1 to score first and 5/4 to hit the net anytime during the match.

Youssouf Mulumbu scored the winner last week against Villa, the midfielder is 20/1 to open the scoring here and 7/1 to score anytime.

McCarthy is almost certain to adopt an attacking strategy, he has everything to play for and everything to lose, so over 2.5 goals at 21/20 could be some real value. The attacking strategy will leave them vulnerable at the back and as such West Brom could easily pick them off.

Kevin Doyle is a doubt, and his absence will be a huge blow to Wolves and as such the attacking duties will fall to Steven Fletcher who has seven league goals this season. The striker is 5/1 to score first and 5/4 for an anytime goal.

West Brom would love to heap more misery on their rivals after snatching a draw against them in the reverse fixture, anything but a win for Wolves will be seen as a failure and you can back the Baggies at 6/5 draw no bet.

Wolves will be nervous and want to keep things tight in the opening periods, the double result of Draw/Wolves at 5/1 is certainly a tempting price.

The home side doesn't win by much and to sneak a 1-0 victory they are 8/1, while 2-0 is 11/1. West Brom are 10/1 to come away with a 2-1 win.

The Baggies defence is far from solid and they have failed to keep the clean sheet in 33 Premier League games, both teams to score is very short at 6/10, but given their records it is highly likely to happen. McCarthy's Wolves are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet and 3/1 to win to nil.

With so much at stake for the home side and their battling ability I would find it hard to go against Wolves that's why at 6/5 I would back them.



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