West Brom host Wolverhampton Wanderers on a special Monday night edition of the Black Country Derby. The Baggies go into the game desperately needing wins to keep their hopes of Premier League survival alive. Right now, those hopes are on life support. West Brom are nine points back of 17th-placed Brighton with 15 points left to play for. If Brighton defeat Leeds United and West Brom lose to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the likelihood of the Baggies staying up would become more difficult.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are 12th in the standings going into matchday 34. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have blown hot and cold this season. After back-to-back wins, Wolves fell on matchday 33 to Burnley in a shock 4-0 defeat. Wolves are in no danger of relegation and Europe is likely too far off for them this term. Injuries have devastated any hopes Wolverhampton Wanderers had of making it into Europe for next season.
West Brom won the reverse fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Molineux. They came from 2-1 down at halftime to claim the victory. West Brom’s Matheus Pereira opened the scoring in the first half with a penalty. Wolves forward Fabio Silva cancelled out the goal in the 38th minute before Willy Boly added a second on the stroke of halftime. Following the break, West Brom were much better and scored through Semi Ajayi and a second penalty from Pereira.
West Brom are winless in back-to-back league games. Can they overcome their form and do a Premier League double over Wolverhampton Wanderers?
West Brom vs Wolves Betting Odds
Despite failing to win their last two games, West Brom have played decently of late. They took eight points from the last 18 available to them. They scored 10 goals while conceding eight times during those six games. Five of those 10 goals came in West Brom’s shocking 5-2 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Bookies have the Baggies at odds of 19/10 to win against Wolverhampton Wanderers and complete the league double. West Brom have taken the third-fewest home points in the Premier League this season with 14 from 48 points available. They are unbeaten in back-to-back home fixtures, however.
Wolverhampton Wanderers took a mere seven points from the last 18 on offer to them. They are struggling to score and just four goals were tallied in those six matches. The defence conceded eight times. Still, leading bookies have Wolverhampton Wanderers as favourites to win the game at full-time. The Old Gold are at odds of 6/4 to win.
Santo’s team have taken 19 points from 48 available on the road in 2020-21. They are –9 in goal difference away from Molineux. West Brom will feel confident of defeating their Black Country Derby rivals based on Wolves’ poor away goalscoring record. The good news for Santo is that Wolverhampton Wanderers are unbeaten in their last two away games.
West Brom vs Wolves Team News
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce as two players on the injury list at the Hawthorns. Midfielder Robert Snodgrass is suffering from an injury and is a doubt to make the team. Defender Branislav Ivanovic has a thigh issue and is ruled out for the match.
Pereira scored twice for West Brom in the reverse fixture against Wolves. Both goals came from the penalty spot. The Brazilian has been West Brom’s best attacking player this season scoring nine goals and adding five assists in 29 league matches.
Five players populate the Wolverhampton Wanderers injury list going into matchday 34. Long-term absentee Raul Jimenez remains out of action as does full-back Jonny Otto. Pedro Neto is also ruled out of the match with a knee injury. The loss of Neto earlier this spring has only added to the goalscoring issues the club have.
Fernando Marcal is ruled out with a groin injury. The good news is that influential midfielder Joao Moutinho could return to the team in time for the fixture. Reports this week indicate that Wolverhampton Wanderers could target Liverpool attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri in the offseason. Santo and company need to desperately rebuild the team’s attack. The sale of Diogo Jota has had a negative effect on the attack and Adama Traore has regressed this season.
West Brom vs Wolves Prediction
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The reverse fixture between the clubs finished 3-2 with West Brom claiming the spoils. We could once again see a game with both sides finding the back of the net in a Black Country thriller. West Brom know that winning is the only hope they have of staying up. Two of West Brom’s last four league matches ended with both teams scoring goals. They have conceded a league leading 64 times.
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Pereria Scored twice when these teams played earlier this season. Both goals came from the penalty spot. The Brazilian is West Brom’s best attacking player with nine goals in the league. Four of those nine goals have come in West Brom’s last four matches. He bagged a goal in West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on matchday 33.
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Once again, these teams combined for five goals in a 3-2 West Brom win earlier this campaign. We could once again see the sides score more than 2.5 goals. Four straight West Brom league games have ended with over 2.5 goals scored. They just cannot keep goals out. Two of Wolverhampton Wanderers last four games finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They too are struggling to keep teams at bay.
Monday night’s game could be a high-scoring fixture between the two rivals. West Brom have to win to keep hopes alive of staying up. Meanwhile, Wolves need to win to crack the top 10 before the season ends. The Baggies won the reverse fixture and will be full of confidence of doing the double over the Old Gold.
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