Championship title contenders appear at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon when hosting Nottingham Forest. The Baggies aim to make home advantage count to gain the win needed to nudge them towards automatic promotion.
Baggies struggling for consistency
West Brom have a great chance of winning the Championship this season and forcing a return to the Premier League where they will, once again, rub shoulders with the stars of English football. Securing a place in the cash-rich top division is the priority heading towards spring, but the locals have struggled under the weight of expectation.
They ended a winless run with victory over struggling Luton Town recently, a result that was predicted by most with an interest in this division. That win followed back-to-back defeats, allowing everyone connected to the club to breath a sigh of relief. The three points gained there meant West Brom headed into the week in pole position.
They beat The Hatters without too much fuss, a Daniels own goal on 14 minutes added to by Ajayi with 70 on the clock. Experienced manager Slaven Bilic called it an important result when speaking to the press at full-time and was happy with the number of chances created by his side. The stats showed West Brom ended with 16 shots at goal.
Forest firmly in the promotion mix
Nottingham Forest have thrown themselves into the mix for a promotion play-off place thanks to three wins and a draw in five. They collected three points last weekend when beating Leeds 2-0 in a sensational upset. That result upset a fair share of bets, especially accumulators as Leeds were hot favourites to claim the spoils.
In beating Leeds, Forest climbed to fourth in the table and were just two points off leaders and opponents West Brom. They also sent out a message of intent to the rest of the division, proving they are fully deserving of their place in the top six. Victory on Saturday would certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons.
Ameobi broke the deadlock at the City Ground last Saturday when scoring inside 31 minutes. The points were secured deep in injury time when Walker suffered the embarrassment of knocking the ball past his own goalkeeper to make it 2-0. An emphatic win and it could prove to be an important one in the season of Nottingham Forest.
West Bromwich Albion vs Nottingham Forest prediction
This promises to be an entertaining game from start to finish and we should see a fair share of chances created by either side. Neutrals will hope that leads to a goal-fest in one of the most competitive divisions in European football.
West Brom enjoy home advantage but Nottingham Forest enter with the better recent form and with that comes confidence. Both teams to score could be a smart play for those preferring to sit on the fence and enjoy the match.
Championship betting odds
West Brom have been priced as 5/6 favourites in the match winner market. The draw trades at 53/20 and there’s plenty to like about Nottingham Forest at an eye-catching 3/1.