West Bromwich Albion face Preston North End at the Hawthorns tonight, with Football League World set to bring you live updates from the West Midlands throughout the evening.
Both sides are gunning for promotion to the Premier League this season, but it’s the Baggies who look more likely to make a timely return to the top-flight this term.
Slaven Bilic’s side currently lead the way in the Championship, and sit nine points clear of third place after an impressive 3-0 away win against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.
Alex Neil’s Preston are still in the hunt for promotion via the play-off route, though, and occupy sixth spot – three points clear of seventh – after coming from behind to beat Hull City 2-1 at the weekend.
Paul Gallagher scored his sixth Championship goal of the campaign to help ignite the comeback, whilst Albion’s leading goalscorer, Robson-Kanu, took his tally up to nine goals with a brace at Ashton Gate.
The Baggies have scored more goals than anyone else in the division this term, and as they are back on their home turf, they will be looking to dominate the ball and increase their average possession rate of 54.2%.
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The big question for Bilic is, who does he play instead of Romaine Sawyers? The midfielder was sent off in the weekend win, and will Tuesday night’s clash after putting his hands on the throat of Jamie Paterson.
It is likely that Filip Krovinovic will move into a slightly deeper midfield role with Matheus Pereira moving into the middle, which would allow Kamil Grosicki to move out wide and make his first start for the club.
Sawyers joins Nathan Ferguson, Grady Diangana and Gareth Barry on the list of absentees, as they miss out through continuous injury problems.
Preston could also make a change in midfield, too. Alan Browne scored the winner against Hull on Saturday, and is likely to be reintroduced to the starting line-up after a superb performance from off the bench.
So the Baggies are the clear favourites overall, but after winning only one of their last six matches at the Hawthorns, they will need to be at the top of the game to ease past a genuine top-six contender.