Sports Mole preview Tuesday’s Championship clash between West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
West Bromwich Albion be the host of Blackpool Tuesday night in search of the win that could move the Baggies from the bottom of the Championship standings.
Meanwhile, Blackpool return to the Midlands just three days after beating Coventry City, a result that moved the Seaisders five points clear of the relegation zone.
When appointing Carlos Corberán As the new head coach, optimism was understandably on the rise at West Bromwich Albion ahead of their encounter with an out-of-form Sheffield United side on Saturday afternoon.
However, West Brom underperformed again, finding themselves trailing 2-0 at the break and unable to recover as the Blades ensured their hosts remained on two wins from 17 league games in 2022-23.
Although the Baggies are expected to eventually come out of trouble, they are now in last place and up to five points behind 20th-placed Wigan Athletic, an indication they could be cut adrift if they continue to fight for victories. .
While West Brom have conceded no more than twice in any of their last six outings, there is a lack of peak and balance in their performances, and facing an in-form Blackpool side is arguably came at the wrong time.
The West Midlands side have also been winless at The Hawthorns since August 20, a streak which has now been extended to six matches.
Blackpool have recently transformed into one of the most entertaining sides in the second tier, which isn’t necessarily intentional given the pressure to get away from the bottom three.
Nevertheless, at a time when their last five matches have featured 23 goals, the Seasiders have also collected 10 points from a possible 15, putting the club in 15th position in the table.
Their latest success came at Coventry, with Blackpool overturning a half-time deficit to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Gary Madine and jerry yates.
At one point, Michael Appleton will want to see his side improve from a span of just four clean sheets in 17 matches, but that may not be seen as imperative in their next game as they try to continue producing the formula that led to Watford winning , Preston North End and the blues of the sky.
West Bromwich Albion Championship form:
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Corberan will inevitably make changes to his West Brom starting line-up with John Swift among the players claiming a recall.
Either Swift or Jayson Molumby should enter the midfield, while Brandon Thomas-Asante seems to be in line to return to the center of the attack.
Martin Kelly remained as an unused substitute against Sheffield United but could be given the nod to one of the bottom three positions.
Appleton made no substitutions in Blackpool’s win at Coventry and no injuries can lead to an unchanged squad.
Dominique Thompson and Theo Corbeanu are alternatives at left-back and down the flank if Appleton wishes to freshen up his team.
Possible West Bromwich Albion starting line-up:
Palm ; Kelly, O’Shea, Pieters; Furlong, Molumby, Gardner-Hickman, Townsend; Diangana, Wallace; Thomas Asante
Possible starting line-up for Blackpool:
Maxwell; Connolly, Ekpiteta, Thorniley, husband; Carey, Dougall, Patino; Yates, Madine, Hamilton
We say: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Blackpool
In front of a home crowd for the second time in a row, Corberan knows he is under pressure to deliver a result. However, Blackpool are playing with a freedom that makes them a threat to anyone in the division, leading us to predict a narrow victory for the visitors.
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