Preston vs West Brom preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Preston vs W Brom
Sky Bet Ch’boat
7:45pm Monday 2nd December
Preston face West Brom in the Sky Bet Championship on Monday, live on Sky Sports Football.
As his side prepare to confront Championship leaders West Brom on Monday, preston director Alex Neil will need to make a call on many of gamers. Defensive pair Ben Davies and Darnell Fisher overlooked his side 4-0 defeat to Hull and might miss the West Brom battle.
Alan Browne, who’s played right-back, also missed the Hull defeat with a hamstring problem, although Andrew Hughes (knee) and Tom Clarke (foot) remain on the long-term injury list. Neil admitted he wasn’t certain who would be around for Monday’s match.
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic includes a fully fit squad to choose from before the trip to Preston. Chris Brunt, Kenneth Zohore, Conor Townsend and Rekeem Harper missed out during the Baggies’ 4-1 win and might be options if the supervisor would like to rotate his group.
Hal Robson-Kanu is forecast to start, having scored five goals in his last seven games. West Brom have won their past four successive games, and Bilic will be trusting their run proceeds against fifth-placed Preston.
Having enjoyed a successful beginning to their Championship campaign, Preston appeared in adequate shape before the worldwide break in early November, Hull’ve lost 1-0 away at Derby and thumped them 4-0 on Wednesday From the two games since, however.
The West Brom of slaven Bilic come in the game looking to their fifth league win in series. They’ve conquered Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull and Stoke, scoring nine and conceding two throughout their winning streak so far.
Preston’s Alex Neil:”Football, if it’s going simple, it’s simple to take all the plaudits. What I’m going to have to do tonight [following the Hull conquer ] and the players are going to need to do is take their medicine, which is the criticism which comes.
“Today, we need to react, we need to respond and we need to perform better in the upcoming matches coming up.”
West Brom’s Slaven Bilic:”It’s been a really good week. I think we’ve deserved it. In addition, we have to love it, and also to know what led us to this week – hours and hours of training – and the only way we could have another week like this is basically after a simple formula.
“You have to make it, you have to work quite hard to keep and polish your attempts and what to deserve the chance we all needed. If we stay like this, positive and humble but also strong and smug, then hopefully it’s very possible that we’re going to have more weeks like this.”
Last year, eventual champions Norwich were about edging themselves. In contrast, top place has been pretty much completely inhabited by West Brom since the end of September.
While they faltered from the last year, it appears that they’ve learned from their mistakes and are putting them directly to devastating impact, having been on the losing side only once to Leeds. Perhaps one criticism would be their tendency to concede but it won’t matter an awful lot if they keep this rate up.
Preston’s 2-3 conquer in this specific fixture last year ended an 11-match unbeaten run vs West Brom in Deepdale in league competition (W8 D3).
West Brom have won their last three league competitions against Preston, netting 3+ goals in every one of these victories (10 scored). The Baggies won four in a row against the Lilywhites between January 1953 and September 1954.
Preston have dropped back-to-back Championship games without scoring, without even finding the back of the internet at February 2011, last losing three.
West Brom have won 39 points from their opening 18 Championship matches this year – believing three points for a win, only in 1953-54 (41 points in the top-flight) and also 1901-02 (42 points in the second grade ) possess the Baggies won more points at this phase of a campaign across the upper four tiers of English Soccer.
Preston have scored 14 goals from set-pieces from the Championship this year, including four of their past six – over any other hand in the division.
West Brom’s Matheus Pereira has supplied more assists than any other Championship player this season (7).
Preston have hit the buffers in their last couple of games, losing their final two. They are starting to get rid of ground in the promotion race that is automated on the sides above them.
West Brom have been excellent and have much quality. Winning at Deepdale could be a enormous statement from Slaven Bilic’s side. I believe they have enough to claim all 3 points.
David Prutton forecasts: 1-2 (17/2 with Sky Bet)