West Bromwich Albion are really struggling to cope with the pace in the promotion race. They will be at home to take on Nottingham Forest in their next fixture, hoping for some reprieve. Ahead of the game, West Brom have 33 points in the Championship standings, nine ahead of Nottingham, who are placed 12th. West Brom’s ability to get back to the Premier League at the first time of asking is now under serious scrutiny after their latest result. A 0-0 draw with Blackpool left West Brom eight points behind leaders Fulham despite having played a game more. They could drop further behind after Wednesday’s matches. The big issue with West Brom is a blunt attack, which is largely responsible for their current run of one win in five matches. They have failed to score in three of the last five matches and haven’t scored more than a goal in the five games. Each of their last four matches have also as a result ended in under 2.5 goals. At home, however, they have a good run; they go to this clash unbeaten in the last seven. This season they’ve had 10 home games across all competitions, and have only lost once – to Arsenal.
Nottingham Forest weren’t the best starters to the season; in their opening nine matches they managed just one win. That bad run is gone and they go to this game on a much better footing. They are coming from a 0-0 draw with Luton Town, their second clean sheet in three matches, and fourth draw of the last five. They’ve scored more than a goal in just one of their last five matches while they have one loss and five wins in the last 10 matches. Four of their last five matches have produced under 2.5 goals. They lost their first two away losses this season but after that, Nottingham have gone on a seven-game unbeaten run away from home. The visitors have four wins in the seven away matches, but going to this game they have two straight draws. They have one clean sheet in the last five away matches.
West Brom aren’t doing so well and they will welcome the fact that they play at home in this clash. They’ve done better at home and want to keep up with the top two sides so they’ll go to this game eyeing three points. Nottingham on their part, have been on the rise lately and will be looking to cash in on West Brom’s shortcomings. They’ve done well away from home and this is the form they will count on here. With these home and away runs, we expect these teams to even out, so go for a draw.