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Rupert Wyman 4th Dec 2010 - 13:36

The Baggies are Di-lightful

Roberto Di Matteo's West Brom will be disappointed that they failed to beat Ipswich in the Carling Cup midweek. However, their priority is Premier League survival and the way they have started the season, the possibility is realistic.

Their manager, the former Chelsea midfieder Roberto Di Matteo has impressed since he took charge at the Hawthorns. He has got West Brom playing attractive football and they have beaten Arsenal away this season.

Newcastle are another side that have made an encouraging return to the Premier League. Houghton seems to have taken the club in the right direction and even Joe Barton is behaving himself (off the field).

Despite Albion's victory away at Everton last weekend, they have struggled to take points of late and this is a real six pointer. Their target will be about forty points come May and with Blackpool playing well and West Ham slowly improving, West Brom need three points on Sunday.

Newcastle are 11/5 to win away from home, the home win is 5/4 and a draw is 23/10. Arguably one of the players of the season has to be the Newcastle forward, Andrew Carroll. He does come with some baggage and like a few of his teammates there have been a few discrepancies off the field of late. However, when he puts the black and white shirt on, he does his talking on the pitch and he is banging in the goals!

He is 6/4 to score anytime at the Hawthorns . The William Hill Match Winner is both Carroll and Darren Bent to both get on the score-sheet in their respective matches. The price is an enhanced 5/1 and it looks a realistic possibility.

The problem for Newcastle is that they are a Jekyll and Hyde side and a nightmare team to punt on in the league! The final score depends on which team turn up on the day. They were awful when they were mauled by Bolton recently but they put in a really spirited performance against Chelsea last weekend.

I am expecting plenty of goals as they both play good attacking football and Newcastle's first choice centre-back pairing of Williamson and Coloccini are suspended.  Over 2.5 goals is available at 10/11 and if you fancy the goal fest, you can get over 4.5 goals at 5/1.

Di Matteo is under-pressure from the West Brom fans for sacrificing the chance of Carling Cup success to consolidate their Premier League status at the end of the season. The fans may not be so disappointed if West Brom can win this league match in front of their own fans.

Di Matteo will be hoping he can call upon Peter Odemwingie to give his side more pace upfront, he is 5/4 to score anytime.  He is an adventurous player and the former Lokomotive Moscow player looks a bargain buy.

I would avoid the ninety minutes market and look at the over goals prices, the game may not appeal to some but there could be some great attacking football and the neutrals can expect goals.



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