Out of both of these sides, it was undoubtedly West Brom who were tipped to struggle more this term following several relegation battles over the years. However, under Roy Hodgson the Baggies have prospered and approach this game sat in the comfortable position of 14th. Blackburn on the other hand have struggled immensely and Steve Kean’s men desperately need points if they are to lift themselves out of the bottom three.
With West Brom currently sat eight points above the bottom three, it would take an absurd turn of events for the Baggies to be relegated and you have to assume that they are safe from the drop. However, Roy Hodgson will probably want at least one more victory to guarantee their survival, and perhaps make a push towards the mid-table reaches of the division. With just three points separating them from 10th position, the Baggies have the prime opportunity to lift themselves into a highly respectable position with just a few more points. Unfortunately, their form ahead of this clash is poor, with West Brom currently on a winless run of four games. Having lost three of those fixtures, Hodgson will see an encounter against his former employers as the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
Even though Blackburn’s form has improved fantastically over recent weeks, Rovers still find themselves in the bottom three although this is only due to goal difference. Steve Kean’s side had put together a very good run which saw them collect seven points from three games a couple of weeks ago, but since then they have proceeded to lose their last two. However, after putting up solid displays in both, all is certainly not lost at Ewood Park and their supporters will know that they could even exit the drop zone with a defeat this weekend – so long as QPR lose by at least two goals.
As for team news, West Brom are preparing to be without two players as personal problems rule out Gabriel Tamas while a knee issue is keeping Jerome Thomas on the treatment table. On a more positive note, the home side should be able to recall Chris Brunt after he recovered from illness. Blackburn on the other hand have absolutely no fresh concerns, although Steve Kean has suggested that he will make changes. With Gael Givet returning from a hamstring strain, he at least as an extra option at the back.
As for a prediction, we think Blackburn could take the points in this outing. West Brom have been relatively poor at home this term and even though the visitors have lost their last two games, one of them was against Manchester United. Bearing this in mind, we think Rovers could net a narrow 2-1 victory in this encounter.