Blackburn Rovers face the arduous task of travelling to the Hawthornes to face a West Brom side that are yet to be defeated in the opening stages of the Championship.
The Baggies will be looking to extend that particular record this Saturday. But more importantly, Slaven Bilic and his men will want to bounce back from the controversial draw that unfolded last week at Elland Road against Leeds.
As most managers do, the Croatian will most likely write off the clash as a lingering afterthought. Yet there is every chance that Rovers will be facing a side imbued with the need to right last week’s wrongs.
With that in mind, our West Brom vs Blackburn predictions are tipping in the favour of the hosts, the promotion-hopefuls more so – which you can read about in our 2019/20 Championship season preview.
Take a read of our projections below…
West Brom vs Blackburn Predictions
This Saturday’s match-up will be a particularly interesting one after the Baggies clash against Derby and Middlesbrough in the last few weekends.
Both managers, Neil Harris and Bilic, were sent to the stands in what turned out to be an extraordinary game. The Middlesbrough man was shown the red card just before half-time after a scuffle on the sidelines, meanwhile, Bilic was shown a second yellow after remonstrating when Albion weren’t given a corner late in the game against the Rams.
How the Croatian responds ahead of this game is still under contention. Yet, it’s a debacle that overshadows the weekend game, given West Brom’s form coming into the match.
Having won eight of their last 20 games, there is definitely fuel for an argument that this may not be the easiest encounter for hosts.
There was enough evidence from the attacking presence of Max Lowe and the Derby forwards to suggest that the Albion is a team that can be defensively rocked. Combine this with the knowledge that the Baggies have only kept three clean sheets in their last 20 games and our West Brom vs Blackburn predictions present you with reasonable cause for a potential draw.
But given the nature of last week’s VAR-inspired controversy, there is a stronger chance of victory for the hosts who will want to put an end to the post-Derby debacle.
Against the Rams, they showed only glimpses of the style and swagger synonymous with Bilic’s arrival. It was not until the Croat introduced West Ham loanee Grady Diangana and Pereira that Albion truly came alive, while their defence started to shore up.
It’s exactly this combination that could undo an already fragile Rovers back four. And if the travelling team’s away form is anything to go by, Blackburn could be in for a torrid day at the Hawthornes.
West Brom vs Blackburn Head To Head
Rovers fans, look away – unfortunately, the head-to-head stats do nothing to contradict or challenge our West Brom vs Blackburn predictions.
Indeed, Mowbray’s men haven’t won a single game in the last five fixtures between the two teams. The only positive was a 1-1 draw that managed to snap up during the Autumn of 2018. However, aside from that result, defeat is all they’ve known.
Rovers, as recently as last January, lost to this weekend’s hosts, and there is a strong chance we could see a repeat of that performance playing out, but in a more prolific fashion.
West Brom Team News
The Baggies will see the return of Hal Robson-Kanu whose been sidelined for the last few games because of a back complaint. His return in the side will be a welcome one alongside Zahore, who got off the mark in Albion colours with a late penalty claim.
After receiving a kick to the calf, like Robson-Kanu, the Dane has been closely monitored. Both should be a feature of the starting XI against this Saturday’s opponents.
Meanwhile, our West Brom vs Blackburn predictions sees the midfield and defence only slightly dissimilar to the Carabao Cup squad.
Blackburn Team News
Meanwhile, Blackburn should see the return of the experienced trio of Elliott Bennett, Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing who were all rested during the midweek Cup run for this game.
The tie at Bramall Lane during Wednesday saw the likes of Adam Armstrong, Greg Cunningham, and Corry Evans starting. This Saturday’s clash should see Mowbray rotate the squad and bring back a more familiar starting XI.
West Brom vs Blackburn Betting Tips
The Baggies are fully expected to win, and our West Brom vs Blackburn match bets reflect that with the hosts tipped to emerge as favourites with the odds trading at 21/25.
Meanwhile, their opponents have a slim chance of taking all three points for themselves, with the odds about an upset priced up at 33/10. A draw in our West Brom vs Blackburn predictions is not much better off, registering as an 11/4 pick.
Expect Bilic’s men to tighten their hold atop the Championship table with another home win to add to the tally.