West Bromwich Albion face Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Championship this weekend with both sides in need of a win.
West Bromwich Albion currently sit 5th in the EFL Championship with twelve wins, six draws and eight losses from twenty-six games this season.
The Baggies are fighting to remain in the top six of the Championship table having failed to assert themselves on the division as much as they would have liked at this point.
Despite having a strong season on the whole, they've been frustratingly inconsistent and often fall to defeat in games they shouldn't.
Their league form of late has been mixed, as Carlos Corberán's side come into this game having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five games, the most recent of which was a 1-0 loss away at Swansea City.
The defeat at Swansea was a second straight disappointing away defeat and almost undid much of the hard work they put in to beat Leeds United in the game prior.
They did, though, register a win in the FA Cup at the weekend as they beat Aldershot Town 4-1 courtesy of goals from Nathaniel Chalobah, Jovan Malcolm, Daryl Dike and Tom Fellows.
A win against a non-league opponent is of limited value in the wider context, however, and the Baggies need to take the win here given they're just three points clear of Hull City in 7th.
Blackburn Rovers currently sit 17th in the EFL Championship with ten wins, two draws and fourteen losses from twenty-six games this season.
Things aren't quite going to plan for Blackburn this season who are massively underperforming relative to expectation.
It's true that manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has had a myriad of injuries to contend with and it's true that his side have been unlucky in a number of games and probably should have more points than they do, but they've also egregiously mismanaged a number of games and have been making a series of basic, schoolboy errors in recent weeks that have cost them points.
They're entering this game woefully out of form in the Championship having gone winless in their last five games, losing four of those, while winning just one of their last seven.
Their league woes were at least put to one side at the weekend when they beat Cambridge United 5-2 thanks to a Sammie Szmodics hat-trick alongside goals from Arnór Sigurðsson and Harry Leonard.
Rovers drastically need to make sure this game acts as a catalyst for an improved run of form because on their current trajectory they're heading for a relegation battle.
They're on a four-match losing streak away from home and given the quality of their opponent it feels unlikely they'll get the win they need here.
For our Blackburn vs. West Brom prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.