West Brom fans will have been very confident of jumping straight back to the Premier League after their relegation to the Championship last season. It may not be easy, but as the Baggies currently sit 4th, and with a huge game against Leeds up next, a win could make them the favourites to finish the season in one of the top two spots up for grabs.
If Darren Moore’s side fails to make the grade and fall into the places between 3rd and 6th when the season’s over, their chances of promotion will go down to the madness of the playoffs, and that is not what the fans want to see. However, given the Baggies’ run in between now and the end of the season, it’s hard not to fancy them to continue rattling in the goals and make it up without the hassle of the playoffs.
In 34 games this season, West Brom have scored three goals or more in eight matches and with the likes of Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez banging them in for fun, it’s easy to see why. It won’t be down to just the Baggies if they are to go up though, as they’ll need some help from those around them. After their clash with Leeds, West Brom only have one more game against any of the current top six, a trip to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City.
Aside from that trip to Ashton Gate, Pride Park is the next biggest ground that they have on their hit list. However, after grabbing huge wins at Brammal Lane, Carrow Road and Villa Park, West Brom fans will back themselves to get something in both of those games. The run in for the Baggies, though, looks favourable compared to their promotion rivals.
Leeds United, excluding their visit of West Brom, still have to face Sheffield United at Elland Road and Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Meanwhile, Sheffield United obviously have that clash with Leeds as well as one more Steel City derby, a home tie against Bristol City and a home tie with the impressive Nottingham Forest to get through.
Things are certainly looking tough for the Blades and the Whites, and that could mean good things for both West Brom, and Norwich City. The Canaries are the other team in the equation and they have just a trip to The Riverside to worry about. However, even Daniel Farke’s side may succumb to the Baggies in the table if Darren Moore can build up some momentum with a win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and the fans will certainly be backing themselves.