West Bromwich Albion face Queen’s Park Rangers on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm, hoping to secure all three points and clinch automatic promotion. QPR, meanwhile, have little to play for, as they sit in 14th place; so let’s hope they take a relaxed approach to the match!
Prior to Friday’s defeat to Huddersfield, I would have felt a lot more confident going into this. Now it is essentially do or die time. Surely, we can’t play that badly again… can we?
That said, let’s take a little look at the players that could cause us problems on Wednesday — if, of course, they don’t already (hopefully) have one eye on the beach!
Eberechi Eze (CM)Embed from Getty Images
With 13 goals from central midfield this season, it’s easy to see why there are so many admiring glances from Premier League clubs, with West Ham being the latest to monitor the 22-year-old.
As a skillful playmaker who loves to burst into the attacking third, Eze really poses the biggest threat to the Baggies.
Presumably, Livermore will be tasked with keeping an eye on him and restricting his breaks from deep, which was how he scored his goal against Milwall on Saturday. Keep him quiet, and we’ll go a a long way to getting the result we all want.
Jordan Hugill (ST)Embed from Getty Images
Anyone remember that tall, well-built centre forward who ran us ragged at home against Middlesbrough last season? The one who dived at the slightest touch? Yep, that’s him.
Having missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, it’s looking likely that he’ll be fit for one last hurrah following his season-long loan from West Ham, who paid £10 million for him only two seasons ago.
A typical target man who loves a battle, we’ll need to be on a guard to ensure he doesn’t bully us like that day when we were well and truly ‘Pulis’d’.
Joe Lumley (GK)Embed from Getty Images
Yes, their goalkeeper! Lumley has been in tip-top form as of late, and if Albion replicate just how poorly they played against Blackburn and Fulham, Lumley might have a very relaxed evening ahead of him. Let’s hope he doesn’t have a worldie.
A solid Championship performer, having been at QPR since 2013 following his grounding in Spurs’ youth team, we have to hope that we put him under pressure early and that our strikers will rise to the occasion!
Bright Osayi-Samuel would be another name on this list, but he is currently in the midst of a switch to Club Brugge in Belgium, therefore won’t be playing (fortunately!).
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