Tuesday 9 April: 7.45pm
Live on Sky Sports Football
Both of these sides struggled at the weekend and they need to get a good result from this game as they try to get out of the Championship. West Bromwich Albion look certain to be in those play-offs but automatic promotion is looking less likely. Bristol City are sixth in the table and need to improve their current form to keep that position.
Finishing between third and sixth in the Championship gets you into the Championship promotion play-off positions. Neither of these sides won at the weekend and for Bristol City, they will have a few anxious moments in the final few weeks of the season.
City slipped a place in the table at the weekend after only being able to draw at home with Wigan Athletic on Saturday. A home win looked on the cards until a 90th minute Wigan equalizer denied them the victory. They are now two points clear of seventh-placed Derby County (who visit Bristol City later this month) and will be hoping for a home win here, while Blackburn Rovers deny Derby a win.
Bristol City are currently 9/1 (10.0) at SkyBet to win promotion this season. To do that though, they need to improve on a record of just two wins in the last eight league games. Last week had been a good one for the Robins with away wins at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.
However, their home form isn’t so hot though with no wins since mid-February. They have just two points from their last four home league games and three of those matches were against sides currently in the bottom eight. The odds on them winning this game against West Brom are 6/4 (2.5) at William Hill.
West Bromwich Albion also had a disappointing weekend after traveling to relegation-threatened Millwall and losing 2-0. The Midlanders stay fourth in the league and ten points above Derby County but their hopes of filling one of the automatic promotion places are fading fast. They are seven points adrift of second-placed Leeds United and they just have to win this match. Albion are currently 11/4 (3.75) at Betway to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
They had been unbeaten in four league games before the defeat at Millwall. Their away form is the second best in the Championship with 11 wins this season. Albion had won five of their previous six away league games before the weekend loss. Their run-in isn’t too bad with the highest placed team they have to face being Derby County. All they can do is get some wins and momentum and hope that somehow gets them in the top two or ready for the play-offs.
West Bromwich Albion have only lost one of their last nine games against Bristol City. They have won the last two and the odds on them making it three in a row are 2/1 (3.0) at Unibet.
Ahmed Hegazi will be suspended for West Brom after his nightmare game against Millwall at the weekend. He managed to score an own goal and then get sent off!
Both Teams to Score
This is a game that usually provides a few goals and only one of the last nine meetings has failed to see both teams score. It’s 8/11 (1.72) that both teams score on Tuesday evening.
20 Up for Rodriguez?
Not since the 2007/08 season has a West Brom player scored 20 goals in a season. That was Kevin Phillips but Jay Rodriguez just needs one goal to reach that figure. It could have happened on Saturday but he missed a penalty. Rodriguez is 9/5 (2.8) at Ladbrokes to get a goal in this match. If he does, it might just be from the penalty spot and the odds on a penalty being scored by West Brom is 8/1 (9.0) at Bet365.
A Goal in Both Halves?
The last two West Brom games have seen goals scored in both halves of the game. If you think that’s going to happen on Tuesday then Coral will give you odds of 4/5 (1.8) on a goal in both halves.
An important game for both sides but probably more so for Bristol City. They are facing a tough battle to secure their promotion play-off place. Their home form isn’t great though and a double chance bet on West Brom to win or draw has odds of 1/2 (1.5) at Betfair.