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West Brom vs Wolves: Predictions
The immediate forecast is looking bleak for West Brom, who are now nine points from safety with just five games to, recently conceding a last-minute goal to draw with Aston Villa which, in that moment, relinquished faint hopes of mounting a ‘great escape’, but Sam Allardyce will be keen to ensure his side keep fighting.
The beauty of football is that anything can happen, and if The Baggies win their remaining games then they will hit the much-coveted 40-point mark for relegation-threatened clubs, but that, of course, is easier said than done, and there’s still the small task of playing Arsenal and Liverpool in that run.
If there is to be a fairytale escape, though, then Allardyce will be looking to win consecutive Black Country derbies, claiming his first win as West Brom boss over Wolves in a five-goal thriller back in January, a result that felt like the West Midlands club could claw themselves away from danger at the time.
For Wolves, their season has been a bit of a damp squib as well, recently losing 4-0 to Burnley, but Nuno Espirito Santo will be eager himself to finish with a flourish and ensure his side push for a top-half finish to generate some momentum heading into next campaign.
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West Brom vs Wolves: Match Stats
This being a Black Country derby, tempers and passions are likely to run high regardless of the current landscape for both clubs. Wolves have perhaps been guilty of complacency in recent weeks with little to play for other than pride, while West Brom are teetering on the brink of dropping down.
Rivalries, though, have that magical ability to elevate games and rejuvenate competitive spirit, so tackles are likely to be flying in, and for Ruben Neves, that pattern of play has defined his season, with only Yves Bissouma (88), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (88), Wilfred Ndidi (77) and N’Golo Kante (75) registering more tackles than him (73) in the Premier League this season among midfielders.
16 Jan 2021 – Wolves 2-3 West Brom – Premier League
12 Feb 2012 – Wolves 1-5 West Brom – Premier League
16 Oct 2011 – West Brom 2-0 Wolves – Premier League
08 May 2011 – Wolves 3-1 West Brom – Premier League
20 Feb 2011 – West Brom 1-1 Wolves – Premier League
It was a highly entertaining derby in mid-January with Matheus Pereira netting a penalty brace either side of Semi Ajayi’s equaliser, and Allardyce will be keen to clinch another result, with the reputable firefighter having faced Wolves without losing more often than any other side in the Premier League (six: four wins, two draws).