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West Brom v Norwich to continue over 2.5-goal Premier League run

| 06.12.2013

The Premier League certainly can’t be criticised for its lack of entertainment of late, with 17 of the last 23 fixtures in the division seeing a minimum of three goals scored.

Of the seven Premier League games taking place this Saturday, there is likely to be some discussion about which are most likely to go over the 2.5-goal line again, with Manchester United’s home fixture with Newcastle and West Ham’s trip to Anfield potential favourites.

However, recent results, both this season and those between the two clubs in question, suggest that it is as good as a banker that West Brom’s showdown with Norwich will cross the line.

After all, each of the last four clashes between the pair have seen at least 2.5 goals scored, while the last four involving West Brom in the current campaign have followed the same path.

Norwich are not the epitome of defensive solidarity either, conceding 26 goals in their last nine outings in all competitions. Unsurprisingly, five of their last six have also gone over the 2.5-goal line.

Over 2.5 goals again at the Hawthorns is priced at 8/11 and it may pay to expect the majority of goals to arrive in the second half.

After all, five of West Brom’s last six games have seen at least two goals scored in the second period and another repeat here is priced at 1/1.

In their last three at home, the Baggies have hit the target exactly twice, while Norwich have scored exactly once in each of their last two on the road.

West Brom’s odds to beat Norwich 2-1 can be backed at 15/2 and eight of the last 10 matches between these two have been won by one of the teams by a single-goal margin.

There hasn’t been a draw in 11 encounters, so this may be worth avoiding in the match betting at 12/5, with West Brom 10/11 for victory and Norwich the 3/1 underdogs.