There will be mixed emotions amongst the Rovers faithful going into the clash against Darren Moore and his West Bromwich Albion side.
Ahead of the game, Rovers sit in 9th place in the Championship and whilst there is an arrogant belief in the club almost knowing we’re capable of leaving the Hawthorns with a victory, it may all come down to tactics.
During the midweek game away to Swansea City, Tony Mowbray made a rare mistake of playing the players out of their natural positions, which ultimately came back to haunt us.
However, I am absolutely not going to sit here and talk about Mowbray’s bad tactics against Swansea, especially considering everything the man has done for the Blues since his arrival.
After the game, Mowbray acknowledged the tactical mistakes made, so this is something that can hopefully be improved upon for the trip to the midlands.
If we are able to slot Bradley Dack back into his natural position of central midfield and play Brereton up top (assuming he plays) I see no reason for why Rovers wouldn’t leave with all three points.
Saying this, West Brom have adjusted nicely to life back in the Championship sitting in third place, and they may even see themselves atop the table assuming they can defeat Derby County.
Starting XI prediction:
Bennett Lenihan Mulgrew Bell
Rothwell Dack Armstrong
With the strange tactical positioning used against Swansea, it makes it a little harder to predict the starters against West Brom.
I think it can be agreed that the majority of these players will start somewhere on the pitch, it’s just a question of the position.
Also, Darragh Lenihan was taken off 12 minutes into the game against Swansea due to a suspected injury. This could mean he may miss the trip this weekend, though his likely replacement, Paul Downing, played with the development squad on Wednesday, possibly showing us a sign he may be back in action.
Another player we can’t be fully sure of a starting place is the talented midfielder Joe Rothwell. Whilst he is more than worthy of a start following his impressive form lately, Mowbray has for whatever reason been holding off using him as a starter.
The rest of the squad you would think is going to be pretty set in stone, though We do have Kasey Palmer available to use off the bench who has missed the last two games despite some good performances since his arrival.
Normally, I would be pretty confident of Rovers getting a victory, though I’m afraid to admit I may be a little skeptical.
West Brom are a very good side eyeing up an automatic promotion spot, and with Rovers being away from fortress Ewood for the second time this week, the odds are against us.
Score prediction: West Brom 2-1 Rovers
Picture Credit: Blackburn Rovers