CHRIS Graham (@chrisgraham79) takes a look at the betting for this week’s Monday night match between West Brom and Everton.
West Brom v Everton | Monday 20:00 | Sky Sports 1
After the tumult of the opening few weeks of the season at West Brom, things seem to have settled down recently. The opening week 3-0 loss to Man City was a sore lesson to learn and with the transfer saga of Saido Berahino hanging over the club like a bad smell it made for a fraught August.
A few weeks on, Berahino has remained at the Hawthorns and the Baggies are unbeaten in their last three league matches. Wins at Stoke and Aston Villa were supplemented by a draw at home to Southampton and while they may not be the most exciting side to watch they’re certainly effective.
Everton could hit the Top 5 if they win here on Monday night. It’s been a very encouraging start to the season for Roberto Martinez’s side and after comfortable wins over Chelsea and Southampton they look in a strong position.
When you consider Everton have played top half sides from last season in five of their six games this campaign then their current position certainly merits respect.
At the odds though Everton look a bit skinny to me. 6/4 at The Hawthorns just doesn’t appeal. So far in 2015 Chelsea, Southampton, Stoke and Swansea have all been beaten there and the likes of Liverpool have failed to pick up three points.
There also looks a real solidity about West Brom this season, they’ve conceded just six goals in their six games but crucially four of those matches ended in a clean sheet. Jonny Evans looks a good signing and it’s their defensive strength that for me will see them avoid any relegation concerns.
I don’t think we’ll see many goals in this match. Seven of the last eight meetings between the sides have gone Under 2.5 Goals and that bet has paid out in four of the Baggies’ six Premier League games.
I also like the draw as well. Three of their last four match-ups saw these sides share the points and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it happened again. With this in mind I’ll back Draw/Under 2.5 at 3/1 with Betway.
West Brom v Everton – Draw/Under 2.5 Goals (3/1 Betway)