At the beginning of September we beat West Brom even more convincingly than the 3-1 scoreline suggests to notch our first ever Premier League win. The result has proven to be less impressive than it felt at the time, as West Brom have floundered so badly that Tony Pulis has been shown the door.
The sacking of one of the Premier League’s most proficient relegation rescue men allows us to cross swords with one of our least favourite managers once again, although I’m not sure many fans have much in the way of love for Alan Pardew.
Dancing Al has failed to work much in the way of magic since taking charge at the Hawthorns, with West Brom now a remarkable 20 league games without a win. Only the infamous Derby County side of 2007/08 has had a longer winless run in Premier League history, and surely even Alan Pardew will be able to stop West Brom reaching that same 32 game milestone … although let’s hope not!
It’s somewhat remarkable that despite such a horrific run of results West Brom are not bottom of the table, although they only top Swansea by goal difference. Margins are tight in the lower half of the Premier League table. Should West Brom manage to find their way past us, they would only trail us by three points. When we tackle Chelsea, they face inconsistent Everton. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they could be above us in a little over a week.
And that’s why we can’t afford to be the side that West Brom finally beat. Would I take a point right now - you betcha!
Opposition player most feared
Jay Rodriguez is a diamond in the West Brom rough and is capable of troubling many defences and we’ll need to keep a close eye on him.
Predicted Starting XI
The striker signing all Albion fans have been waiting for has, at the time of writing, yet to happen. As such, it’s going to be the usual Hughton 4-4-1-1 line-up with the only question marks over who plays down the left.
Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner (or Bong); Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, Izquierdo (or March); Gross; Murray.
Only Swansea have scored fewer than both Albions, so it’s unlikely to be a high-scoring thriller. A goalless draw it is, which will suits us more than them.
West Brom 0 - 0 Albion
The only goal of the game goes our way for a vital away win for the proper Albion, as we move 9 points clear of the imposter Albion.
West Brom 0 - 1 Albion