West Bromwich hosts Fulham in round 38 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Tuesday, March 15th at The Hawthorns (West Bromwich)
In many ways, West Bromwich resembles Fulham, being a classic «football lift». These clubs were promoted to the Premier League in 2020 and then returned to the Championship, where they were considered favorites. But then there was a divergence. The Throstles, who bet on Valerien Ismael, had a good start with a 10-match unbeaten streak. But then they lost their momentum and did not stop even after the dismissal of the French coach. The experienced Steve Bruce, who replaced him, was able to win only in the spring: on March 5, West Bromwich beat Hull City (0-2). But the playoff zone is far away. In the last round, losing 0-2 to Huddersfield until the 84th minute, the Throstles managed to pull out a draw. Moreover, the decisive goal was scored by a newcomer, Andy Carroll.
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Fulham also did not spend two seasons in a row in the same division recently. The team won the right to promote to the Premier League twice, but both attempts to gain a foothold there were unsuccessful. Well, armed with the saying that three is the magic number, and having called the promising Marco Silva to the post of head coach, the Cottagers began a new and familiar struggle. And it is extremely successful: Mitrovic (he has already scored 35 goals) and his partners have significantly broken away from all their pursuers. Maybe it was a reason for a draw against Barnsley in the last round?
Fulham has not lost to West Bromwich since 2010. The unbeaten streak has already reached 12 matches in a row. In the first part of this season, the Cottagers won 3-0 in London. The Throstles seem to be stepping up, but Fulham is still much stronger. And it is unlikely to allow the 2nd misfire in a row. We are waiting for the victory of the visitors.