West Brom can maintain their good home form against QPR today. They thumped Liverpool on the opening weekend and beat Reading at the Hawthorns, where the fans seem to be right behind Steve Clarke. The loan signing of teenage Belgian striker Romalu Lukaku from Clarke’s old club Chelsea looks a masterstroke – he has caused havoc in the opponents’ penalty box every time I’ve seen him and has linked well with Shane Long, who scored at Villa on Sunday.
Mark Hughes has a big, expensively assembled squad to choose from but they don’t look a unit yet and could have been five down at half-time at home to West Ham on Monday. The Baggies pose even more of a goal threat and at a shade of odds against (21/20 Hills) the points to stay in the Black country looks a great bet.
Fast-improving Colchester, who beat Swindon away, look overpriced at Ladbrokes 11-5 against Yeovil who have lost their last six. Keep top of the table Cardiff on side as they travel to Ipswich – Corals go 11-8 about the Bluebirds.
Despite the bluster, under-pressure Mourinho would take a draw in El Clasico tomorrow. It won’t be goalless so why not try 2-2 at 11-1 and 3-3 at 20/1.
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