Fulham sit in fourth place on 76 points and could move ahead of Brentford into third place with a win over the Baggies on Tuesday evening.
Alternatively, if West Brom beat Fulham, they land on 84 points, level with Leeds (pending their result), but will need a margin of three goals to take the top-spot from them.
To put it simply: it is a must-win game for both sides.
Some fans might argue that a draw would suffice — and of course it would be better than losing the game altogether — but if the ambition to be promoted as champions is still there, a win should be the aim.
Drawing the match will only invite even more pressure onto the Baggies from Brentford, who continue to breathe down Albion’s neck after four weeks.
Looking ahead to the Fulham game, then — here are four players Bilic must look out for.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST)Embed from Getty Images
Mitrovic is a true force to be reckoned with in the Championship. He’s joint top-scorer with Brentford’s Ollie Watkins on 24 goals from 37 games and will certainly be the main player to keep an eye on.
The Serbia international’s strength and positioning is what sets him apart from other strikers in the division, as if he isn’t constantly marked, he will find gaps and exploit them before the defenders have a chance to stop him.
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Josh Onomah, a product of Tottenham Hotspur’s youth academy, is another player that Albion must be wary of. He will either be played as a central midfielder or as an attacking midfielder — an area in which he becomes a real danger.
His ability to quickly pick a pass and find teammates in space has the potential to trouble West Brom’s somewhat ponderous defence.
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Speedy and agile, Knockaert promises to be a nuisance on the flank — though which side he will play on is anyone’s guess as he’s adept on either wing. He can also be deployed as a second striker.
The Frenchman has been a mainstay in the Fulham side throughout the season, featuring in 39 matches and scoring three goals whilst providing five assists.
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Bobby Decordova-Reid tends to play as a second striker behind Aleksandar Mitrovic, but is just as likely to be found sprinting down the left wing and picking out the Serbian with a cross. Their link-up play has been superb this season, but Slaven will likely be aware of this.
His five goals and four assists don’t do his in-game work rate justice; he can be found roaming all over the final third, serving as the consistently reliable cog in Fulham’s well-oiled attacking unit.
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