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New Baggies boss Steve Clarke faces a test when his Premier League team face in-form Malmo in Sweden. Adam Bate is expecting the Allsvenskan side to win the game

West Brom step up their pre-season preparations under Steve Clarke when they travel to Sweden to take on Malmo.

The Baggies returned to full training last week but this is the opening warm-up game for the first-team squad and will be an interesting test for the Premier League side. West Brom are 7/5 (2.4) with William Hill to win here.

William Hill are also offering the draw at 12/5 (3.4). Albion’s mini tour of Scandinavia continues into next week when they take on Danish side Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Last summer the Black Country outfit travelled to America and beat Portland Timbers but did lose their opening pre-season encounter to San Jose Earthquakes.

Malmo will be hoping history repeats itself in 2012 and they can catch the Baggies cold.

The Swedish side’s form suggests there is every chance of that. Malmo have won seven on the bounce in front of their own fans and conceded just one goal at home all season.

This run has seen them close the gap on leaders Elfsborg to just three points and there is a risk that the Allsvenskan will be their priority on Thursday.

But with the next league game not until Monday, Rikard Norling’s men will surely want to test themselves against Premier League opposition.

And with reports Clarke may have already fallen out with Peter Odemwingie, all might not be well in the Albion camp.

The best bet in this one is to back a Malmo team in the thick of their league season over an Albion side feeling their way back to fitness.

Malmo can be backed at 7/5 (2.4) with William Hill and that’s the industry-best price in this one.

Tip: Malmo to win at 7/5 (2.4) with William Hill

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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