Saturday 10th November, The Hawthorns. 5:30pm.
Another abysmal performance last Saturday means West Bromwich Albion are without a win in four and are desperate for points against high-flying Leeds.
Albion fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hull City, meaning that Darren Moore’s men have dropped outside the play-offs.
Moore’s tactics have come under scrutiny in recent weeks with his persistence of a three at the back formation, despite all defenders struggling to play out from the back.
This again could prove to be the Baggies downfall as they face a high-pressing Marcelo Bielsa side who will put the back three under pressure.
It could be a repeat of the 4-1 defeat to Derby County if Albion crumble under pressure again.
Leeds have made their best start to a Championship season for years. Bielsa’s team currently sit at the top of the league heading into the weekend but could be knocked off top spot before the 5:30pm kick off.
United came from a goal behind at Wigan last weekend to eventually win the game 2-1.
Captain Chris Brunt will miss the game after going off in the first half at Hull with a hamstring problem. Missing trio, Gareth Barry, Kieran Gibbs and Dwight Gayle are also expected to return with Kyle Bartley returning after a one match suspension.
Albion summer target Luke Ayling will be missing at right-back. Other full-back Getano Beradi will also miss out on the top of the table clash along with Patrick Bamford and former Baggie, Isiah Brown.
Albion: Johnstone; Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Dawson; Phillips, Livermore, Barry, Gibbs; Barnes; Rodriguez, Gayle.
Leeds: Peacock-Farrell; Phillips, Jansson, Cooper; Dallas, Klich, Forshaw, Douglas; Hernandez, Roofe, Alioski.
This will be the toughest test Albion have face all season and if they are not careful, they could easily get outrun and outfought from this Leeds side. They only hope for Albion is that the key trio of Gibbs, Barry and Gayle should return. Moore may need to rethink his tactics and hopefully will revert to a back four after failed performances over the past weeks. If Albion play well they can beat anyone in this league, it’s just finding that formula. I’m going to sit on the fence and go for a 1-1 draw.
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