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Nic Ladds 21st Dec 2008 - 9:03

We're footballers... get us out of here! (The relegation zone that is)

Mark Hughes and Tony Mowbray will be desperate for points as the two most out-of-form teams in the league meet with 11/5 available about the teams both picking-up a not so useful point.

Hughes will be baffled that the second highest scoring team in the Premier League find themselves in the relegation zone which explains why they are 13/10 against the bottom side.

West Brom have taken just two points from a possible 30 but do play some good football and due to City's dire away record could be overpriced at 11/5.

City's problem has been shocking defending. They look brilliant at times going forward with the likes of Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland all potent attacking threats (who are 5/1, 10/1 and 10/1 respectively to score first today) which explains how they've netted so many times.

However, goals are irrelevant if you keep shipping more at the back and as a result of this Hughes finds his team having only won one of the last eight matches and, in turn, finds himself under increased pressure to get results.

West Brom knew it would be tough in the top flight but they have managed to score just 12 goals all season and with Ishmail Miller sidelined, 7/1 for first goal shot Roman Bednar and 8/1 Luke Moore need to hastily find their scoring boots.

Due to the shocking nature of both teams' defences this could turn into a goal-fest and one that City should come out best of due to their more potent attack. This makes score lines like 3-1 at 20/1 and 4-1 at 50/1 rather appealing but for those who think Mowbray's men could get that elusive win then over two match goals at 10/11 looks a banker.

While goals are likely, both teams know what is at stake here and a tense start with plenty of mistakes could ensue. As the game goes on and the managers desperately seek a win thing should open up and the goals could come pouring in.

Both teams have been level at half time in over half their matches and as the game opens up it should give City's pacey midfield the chance to exploit West Brom's pedestrian defence.

Draw half time/Man City full time looks the bet for the double result at 9/2.

In a slightly morbid way this game should be thoroughly entertaining as we see two managers at the end of their tether trying to salvage something in this bizarre season where three quarters of the teams could realistically still be relegated.

Both managers will be praying that 2009 is a better year for their respective teams although at the forefront of both Hughes' and Mowbray's minds will be the hope that they still have jobs come the new year.

Recommendation:
Over two match goals - 10/11
Stephen Ireland to score anytime - 7/2

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