West Bromwich Albion face Hull City at the KCOM stadium this weekend looking to keep top spot in the Championship.
The Baggies have been in excellent form this season, losing just one of their opening 15 league games and Slaven Bilic’s side sit two points clear at the top of the table over second placed Preston North End.
With the international break following their trip to Hull, the Midlands based club will be looking to pick another victory as they hope to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Hull approach the game having struggled for consistency, winning six, drawing four and losing five of their opening games.
That being said, Grant McCann’s side have won their last three games, beating Nottingham Forest, Derby County and last weekend, Fulham; whilst they have also kept a clean sheet in each of their last two games.
So with Hull in good form and West Brom looking to cement top spot, what are the potential banana skins for Bilic and his squad.
A defence that is hard to break down
Rewind back to September and early October, Hull’s defence were unable to gain a clean sheet but in the last three games, something has changed, conceding just once.
The likes of Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke have been a key part of this change in approach which has allowed a little bit of fear factor to come back into the Hull side.
West Brom arrive with a potent attacking threat in the likes of Matheus Pereira, Matt Phillips and the much talked about Grady Diangana, but all three will have to be at their very best to break the deadlock on Saturday.
West Brom do not like visiting the KCOM stadium
Whilst the Baggies away from this season has been good, they will be fully aware that visits to Hull often end without a win, having last seen success in January 2008 when they won 3-1.
Hull have managed two wins and three draws in the past five meetings with WBA, and it will be interesting to see if that pattern continues past the weekend.
Matched with that unwanted record, West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has only visited Hull once in the past, losing 2-1 as manager of West Ham United in the 2016/2017 Premier League season.
Jarrod Bowen is a man on a mission for the home side
Bowen has been in excellent form of late, scoring five goals in his last four appearances and he will be looking to continue that run against the Baggies defence.
The lively attacker does come against Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi though, with both defenders in excellent form of late for the visitors.
The 22-year-old now has nine Championship goals this term and a strike or two against the league leaders will only further his ever growing reputation.