West Bromwich Albion - Southampton Betting Preview: Long night lies ahead for struggling Saints

Steve Clarke's men have managed just one win in their last five matches, but Willie Duncan is backing the Baggies to get back to winning ways by collecting three points on Monday
West Bromwich Albion suffered an agonising defeat at Newcastle last weekend when Papiss Cisse’s 93rd minute goal condemned the Baggies to a 2-1 loss at St James’ Park, but Steve Clarke’s men will look to bounce back when they play host to struggling Southampton on Monday evening.

The Baggies have garnered an impressive 12 of their 14 points on home turf this season and they are chalked up at 18/25 (1.72) with Marathon Bet to enjoy a home win against Nigel Adkins’ men on Monday.

The Saints have lost all four of their away matches in the Premier League so far this term and can be backed at 21/5 (5.20) with Marathon Bet to pick up their first win on the road this term by shocking the normally solid hosts. A task made even more important because of the sides around them picking up points this weekend.

The same firm offer 59/20 (3.95) on the Saints claiming their first away point with a draw.

West Brom have scored in all but one of their 11 competitive matches this season and the Baggies certainly have sufficient firepower to severely test a side which has leaked 26 goals in just nine Premier League matches so far this term.

Romelu Lukaku was on target against Newcastle last weekend and the Belgian striker, on loan from Chelsea, is available at 5/1 (6.0) to net the opener here while Republic of Ireland international Shane Long, who has scored five goals for his side in all competitions this term, is also rated as a 5/1 (6.0) chance with Marathon Bet.

Southampton, though, may find some solace from the fact that Monday’s hosts have conceded in six of their last seven matches and Nigel Adkins will hope that Saints’ top scorer, Rickie Lambert, has his shooting boots on.

The 30-year-old has scored four goals in nine appearances this term and the striker, who scored twice in Southampton’s 4-1 demolition of Aston Villa back in September, can be backed at 7/1 (8.0) to score first.

Despite Adkins' hopes, West Brom have already beaten Liverpool, Everton, Reading and Queens Park Rangers at Hawthorns this season and the Baggies can be trusted at Marathon Bet's hugely appealing 18/25 (1.72) quote to deliver the goods on Monday.

Meanwhile the 5/1 (6.0) for the dangerous Lukaku to strike first is the value pick here and should be snapped up accordingly by punters.

West Bromwich Albion to win at 18/25 (1.72) with Marathon Bet
Romelu Lukaku to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with Marathon Bet

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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