After a 4-0 thrashing at Leeds United on Friday night, West Bromwich Albion will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon against Ipswich Town.
The Baggies were blown away by goals from Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Gjanni Alioski at Elland Road, in a game where their automatic promotion credentials took a major blow.
Darren Moore’s men have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways this weekend though – Ipswich have won only three league games all season, and are failing to show any fight or desire in their battle to survive this season.
Albion still need to be at their very best of course, as there is no room for error or slip-ups at this stage of the season, and one major boost that they have been given ahead of this weekend’s clash is that winger Matt Phillips is expected to be fit and ready to go.
The winger, who missed seven weeks of action due to an ankle injury, was absent from the side that travelled to Elland Road on Friday night, and his pace and power down the flank were hugely missed as Albion failed to threaten Leeds’ defence at all.
Phillips has been in tremendous form for Darren Moore’s men this season, and his five goals and seven assists have added to an attack that just love to score goals – if he is fit and available, then he will surely go straight back into the team.
This could be very worrying for Albion forward Hal Robson-Kanu however – the Welsh international has been a regular for the Baggies over the last few weeks in the absence of Phillips, but he has failed to make his opportunity count, scoring just one goal since the turn of the year.
Moore has deployed a 4-3-3 system in recent weeks, and it is expected that Phillips will go straight into the right-wing position, and whilst the Scottish winger’s injury update will be music to West Brom fans’ ears, Robson-Kanu will know that he has missed an opportunity to impress Moore…