Match Preview: WBA


Image: Fulham FC

Our Focus turns to tonight’s game at The Hawthorns. It’s 2nd vs 4th and from the way this mini-season has unfolded, it’s likely to be the game that will define the seasons of three clubs. West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and ironically Brentford.

Head To Head

  • Fulham Wins – 27
  • Draws – 20
  • WBA Wins – 36
  • Goals Scored – 103
  • Goals Against – 124
  • Biggest Wins – WBA 6-1 Fulham (1946/47), WBA 6-1 Fulham (1962/63), Fulham 6-1 WBA (2005/06)

Last 5 Games

  • Fulham 1-1 WBA
  • WBA 1-1 Fulham
  • Fulham 1-1 WBA
  • WBA 1-2 Fulham
  • Fulham 3-0 WBA

Last Time Out

Fulham 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Our last encounter with West Brom was back in September when we drew 1-1. We peppered the West Brom goal all game before Knockaert broke the deadlock with a shot/cross in the 49th minute. We continued to dominate until in the 80th minute when Bettinelli flapped at a corner allowing Ajayi to head in an underserved equaliser. 

Players in Common

Chris Baird, Giles Barnes, Joe Connor, Zoltan Gera, Jonathan Greening, Mark Grew, Geoff Horsfield, Junichi Inamoto, Stefan Johansen, Diomansy Kamara, Tony Lange, Stacy North, Paul Peschisolido, Kieran Richardson, Bobby Robson, Arthur Rowley, Nicky Shorey, Brian Talbot & Pascal Zuberbuhler.

Score Predictions

Fulham View: Magic Mod

WBA 1-2 Fulham

WBA View: @BaggiesFacts 

WBA 3-2 Fulham

Former Player: Erik Nevland

WBA 1-2 Fulham

Battle To Watch

Joe Bryan vs Matheus Pereira

Bought in from Sporting on loan in the summer Pereira arrived with big expectations after a good season on loan in the Bundesliga the year prior. I think it is fair to say he has exceeded those expectations. Pereira has been one of the players of the season this season and has the most assists in the league with 16. Pereira also has had an eye for goal scoring six making his combined goal contributions 24. That is the fourth-most in the league behind Mitro, Benrahma and Watkins. I think its fair to say Joe Bryan will have his work cut out making Pereira who when on form is virtually unstoppable.

Sam’s View (@SamCole2468)

Fulham are on a roll. Having beaten another playoff contender in Cardiff, we are finally showing some promise. Now onto West Brom, who after dropping points last game, are in danger of falling into a playoff position. The problem is that if they do it will be Brentford taking their place. I know a lot of our fanbase could probably think of nothing worse than Brentford going up automatically, but I think it could work in our favour. The only two teams I don’t think we could beat are Brentford and Leeds so avoiding them in the playoffs is surely a good thing? It’s important that we don’t get caught up in what might happen and concentrate on beating West Brom on Tuesday evening.

As far as changes go, I would only make two in the centre of defence and midfield. The first change is swapping Ream out for Mawson. Ream looks so unreliable at the back and is getting worse as the season goes on. We can’t afford mistakes in this important fixture so he should get dropped. The second is bringing in Johansen for Arter. I know he has scored important goals recently, but he has not played well. His passing and on the ball are very poor and puts in danger with a lot of his suicide passes. Johansen came on for him and got a brilliant assist for Onomah with a reverse pass. Johansen is one of the best midfielders in the Championship and levels above Arter. Even if Cairney is back for this fixture, he hasn’t played well enough since the break to start.

I think we will win this 2-1 with a Mitro brace.