Leeds United will travel to The Hawthorns to play against West Bromwich Albion who were promoted this season to the Premier League alongside Leeds and Fulham. Their last meeting ended in a 1-1 draw in the Championship on 1st January 2020, where Semi Ajayi scored goals at both the ends.
West Brom’s new manager Sam Allardyce (Big Sam) has returned to the Premier League save yet another club from relegation and this time it could be West Brom.
Referee – Lee Mason
Assistant Referee 1 – Mark Scholes
Assistant Referee 2 – Nick Hopton
Fourth Official – Michael Salisbury
Video Assistant Referee – Kevin Friend
While for West Brom Jake Livermore is yet suspended after receiving a straight red card against Aston Villa where they lost 3-0. Robson-Kanu, Conor Townsend and Kyle Bartley remain out of the squad due to injury.
Leeds walk into the game with some confidence after holding out Burnley for the three points last time around. Talking about confidence, Patrick Bamford’s goal against Burnley takes his goal tally to ten and he remains one of the deadliest in front of goal in the Prem.
West Brom held league leaders Liverpool to a 1-1 draw while previously also getting a draw against Manchester City. A late Ajayi goal saw West Brom clinch a point at Anfield.
What kind of a game should we expect?
Leeds as always will try to press from the top and never stop chasing their opponents while West Brom under Big Sam will try to open up spaces in the Leeds midfield to cause problems to their defence.
West Brom will try to play on the counter and may not even have much of the ball but will force their opponents to make mistakes. Connor Gallagher vs Rodrigo & Kilch will be a good battle to watch for as Gallagher controls the midfield from the front of West Brom and will try to cancel out space and chances created by Kilch & Rodrigo who are creatively talented and great passers of the ball.
It should be a intense game of football as West Brom will look to take maximum points to increase their chances to survive the relegation battle. While for Leeds, if they win against West Brom they have chances of climbing onto the 10th position (if the other teams slip up).