Sunday, May 22, 2022

Bitesize Prediction: West Brom vs Preston – 26/01/22

Competition: Championship

Market: West Brom win

Odds: 3/5 @ 888sport

Hoping to try and widen their buffer in the play-off places in midweek, West Brom will welcome Preston to the Hawthorns on Wednesday night.

Starting with the hosts, while West Brom might have shown some extended issues over the past six weeks, the Baggies should be boosted by a much-needed display last time out. Losing their Premier League status last season and with their sights set on securing an immediate top-flight return, new boss Valérien Ismaël did see his side land a 3-0 romp against Peterborough on Saturday afternoon. Drawing a line under what was a hugely frustrating five-match winless run across all formats, West Brom are now crying out for some stability. Still sat in pole position to clinch a play-off finish this year, the former Barnsley manager has seen his squad show some rugged displays on home soil. Including last weekend’s 3-0 win against the Posh, it should be highlighted that Ismaël’s men are unbeaten at the Hawthorns throughout the 2021/22 campaign.

As for the visitors, while Preston might have made the trip to south Wales over the weekend smelling the chance to cause an upset, the Lilywhites were hit with a disappointing 1-0 loss against Swansea. While Saturday’s loss on the road might be Ryan Lowe’s first Championship defeat since taking over at Deepdale, the Lancashire-based outfit have failed to win any of their last four matchups across all formats. Watching their FA Cup run come to an end against fellow second-tier side Cardiff earlier in the month, Preston should be concerned by their continued issues against Wednesday’s opponents. It should be noted, Lowe’s squad have failed to win any of their last seven straight meetings against the promotion contenders. Given West Brom’s extended unbeaten run at the Hawthorns, we’re backing a home win here.

Bet: West Brom 3/5 to beat Preston in Wednesday’s Championship battle @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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