2020-21 Premier League: Week 34 – West Brom vs Wolves

West Bromwich Albion face a crunch test of their survival credentials as they face Wolves at The Hawthorns in the first of a Monday Night Football double-header. 

Victory would see West Brom move above Fulham into 18th and eight points from safety, whereas Wolves will stay 12th no matter their result here.

 

Team News

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West Brom could be without Robert Snodgrass after the midfielder needed an epidural in order to treat some recurring knocks.

Branislav Ivanovic remains West Brom’s only definite absent with a hamstring injury.

Wolves could hand Joao Moutinho a late fitness test after an ankle injury in training forced the Portuguese midfielder to sit out last weekend’s home mauling at Burnley’s hands.

Nelson Semedo (knock) is also a doubt but Jonny, Pedro Neto (both knee), Fernando Marcal (groin) and Raul Jimenez (head) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • West Brom have lost just one of their five previous Premier League meetings against Wolves (W3, D1, L1).
  • Wolves are winless in their last ten trips to The Hawthorns in all competitions (D4, L6), with three of those four draws finishing 1-1 apiece.
  • No Goalkeeper has made more saves in the first 33 matchweeks than West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, who made 137 saves in 32 appearances.
  • No Wolves player has made more errors that led to a conceded goal this season than Rui Patricio, who made made two mistakes in 33 appearances.
  • West Brom lost their only previous home game this season refereed by Paul Tierney, losing 5-1 to Crystal Palace in early December.

 

Prediction

With just four more matchweeks left across a fortnight after this game, West Brom really need a win here otherwise they are surely down, but if they can show same spirit as they showed at Aston Villa last weekend but tighten defensively then they will have a chance.

Wolves meanwhile can’t get any worse after what was simply a shambolic defensive display last weekend, because they just lacked any desire whenever Burnley attacked and they still continue to frustratingly waste chances through poor finishing.

Either way, both teams need a win for different reasons so I am expecting a competitive game here but I am plumping for a home win if West Brom can avoid defensive mistakes given their decent form in this Premier League fixture.

Prediction: WBA 2-0 Wolves

Result: WBA 1-1 Wolves

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