Gera’s Return Strengthens West Brom’s Bid To Victory

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Updated: August 15, 2013
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Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion VS Southampton
Match Date: 17 August 2013 (local time)
Venue: The Hawthorns

 
A better performance during the last season explains why West Bromwich Albion is a strong favorite of football betting odds over Southampton. With all their meetings, the latter has only won once. The result of the upcoming match foresees the Baggies’ dominance on the pitch.

 
Past performance
The Baggies finished in the 8th spot during the last season. They almost made it to the Champions League and Europa qualifiers, but to no avail. Nevertheless, they are still, very far from the relegation category and just a few notches away from other major European tournaments.

 
Meanwhile, the Saints is at the brink of being relegated. They finished on the 14th spot without even winning a single match during the last leg of the season. Three (3) draws were the best output of the club prior to the summer break.

 
Team form
Obviously, the Baggies are in a better team form than Southampton. Their pre-season matches saw the former won 4 out of its 5 matches, whilst the Saints lost twice.

 
The Saints are having troubles with their defence, which, the Baggies have readily exploited and used to their advantage. West Bromwich Albion keeps 3 clean sheets in all their encounters. Other than that, it must be noted that the Saints has one of the highest goals conceded during the last season. Overall, they allowed 60 goals from their previous encounters.

 
The Baggies’ winning possibilities further increase with the return of Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian midfielder has the highest number of caps in the club. Likewise, he is known for his crucial goals and a prominent figure in delivering superb assists.
Lastly, with Steve Clarke and his men playing at home, defeating them proves to be a futile effort.

 

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