Baggies To Beat Blackburn To Take A Step Closer To Premier League



West Brom travel to Ewood Park on Saturday to face play-off hopefuls Blackburn Rovers as the Baggies look to strengthen their automatic promotion place.


Slaven Bilic’s side are second in the Championship table, five points ahead of Brentford in third with just four games left to play so a win against an inconsistent Rovers could be crucial.


In a world where distancing has been crucial, West Brom are looking to always stay two metres apart from high-flying Brentford and three wins on the bounce has helped maintain the gap between the safety of the automatic places and the lottery of the play-offs.


On the other end of the stick, three defeats in his last five games has seen Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn drop further behind in the race to secure a play-off place with the club now sitting in 10th spot, five points behind Cardiff who occupy sixth.


Blackburn fans will be left feeling disappointed at their sides slide down the table which has been down to recent results which include defeats to relegation-threatened sides Wigan and Barnsley, however, a win for their side could reignite the fight and make these last few games interesting.


The earlier season fixture between the sides is unlikely to inspire confidence for Rovers’ fans as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at the Hawthorns back in August.


Bradley Dack gave them the lead after just 25 seconds however things never took off from there and a back and forth game went in favour of the hosts on that occasion.


Team News

Blackburn are still without top scorer Bradley Dack after he suffered a serious knee injury before lockdown.


Tony Mowbray could name the same side that beat Cardiff in midweek.

Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi is available for selection again after serving a one-match ban.


Slaven Bilic has a host of attacking options to choose from and may refresh his attack by bringing in Matt Phillips and Callum Robinson.


Both sides have potent attacking forces, particularly West Brom who are the second-highest scorers in the league, so I can see this game having a lot of goals. The Baggies are in fine form with three wins on the bounce and I believe they’ll comfortably make it if four come 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon.



Match Preview written by Dan Chenery.