West Brom v Blackburn, Sat 15:00
After enduring a four-match run without a win, West Brom will be hoping to turn their luck around against relegation candidate opposition this weekend when they play hosts to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, as Stan James offer long odds on Steve Kean’s side taking all the points back to Ewood Park.
The West Midlands club see on track to record a bottom half finish but a win would see the hosts surpass the points threshold that many are predicting to be the marker for relegation.
As it is however, Roy Hodgson’s side remain in 14th spot on 36 points and will be taking nothing for granted as they welcome an ever-improving Rovers team to the Hawthorns.
Steve Kean persevered through what must have been a near catastrophic period in his managerial career and finally appears to be coming good at his current post, putting his team firmly back in the race for Premier League survival.
While three wins and two draws may not sound like the most profitable record for any team, it’s still a sign of substantial improvement for the Lancashire outfit, who sit in the drop zone on goal difference alone.
Unfortunately for Blackburn, they aren’t the only side involved in the race against the drop who look to be hitting form, with Bolton, QPR and Wigan also showing spurts of improvement in recent weeks.
Rovers have failed to score in just 7% of their away fixtures this season but it’s their tendency to leak goals that has let them down as they have also kept that same percentage of clean sheets when playing in unfamiliar territory.
One thing Steve Kean will be glad of is the fact that the Albion have seemed incapable of scoring at the Hawthorns on occasion this campaign and are the second worst team in the English top flight in terms of attack.
Neither side have any new injury woes to worry about but the hosts look to be without midfield pair Jerome Thomas and James Morrison who are both absent with knee injuries.