West Brom's 2-1 win at Swansea over a month ago was supposed to have turned their season around. Despite having more success now than when first in charge, Pepe Mel's position is still unclear. The instant change in form that a new manager is apparently supposed to bring in didn't quite materialise for the Baggies, who sit in 16th place, three points above the drop zone.
Mel himself said that four more points would see his side safe, but that is a very risky approach to take. That will simply mean should the players get four points in the next two games, they may well take the foot off the gas. It also gives reason for the other sides to motivate themselves to beat West Brom's target. Quite simply, I don't see the reason for it, ever.
After failing to winning just once in nine games, how West Brom aren't in further trouble is a bit of a mystery. The answer though, is an astonishing record of drawing games. West Brom have drawn 15 times in the league this season. Some of these have been good results; at home to Chelsea and Liverpool. Others though, have been poor, conceding a 3 goal lead at home to Tottenham and a last minute advantage over Cardiff also at The Hawthorns.
That remarkable record though has given them also half of their very valuable points this term, but four more I don't think will be enough. Fulham for one have winnable home games against Hull and Crystal Palace, whereas Sunderland face Cardiff and Swansea at home. If either team picks up those wins out of their last three games, West Brom will be in serious trouble. Like I previously mentioned, I just do not know why you would come out and say it unless it's the obvious target that would make you mathematically safe.
Their games though, much like their relegation rivals are also winnable from a fans point of view. Saturday's game at home against West Ham is a key one, but with the Hammers not safe themselves, it is sure to be a tough game, and could well end up in the draw column.
They face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light also, but if the Black Cats grab wins against Cardiff on Sunday and Swansea on the last day of the season, this game could play an instrumental role in whether Sunderland finish above them this season. There is not much room down there either.
The toughest game though I predict could come on the last day of the season at home against Stoke. West Brom's record at home in games they need to win is not great, but with the drive of potentially needing a win to stay in the Premier League, it could push the players on for a good performance. They have played one game less than Fulham, Norwich and Cardiff and they must now make use of them. West Brom are not out of trouble yet, not by a long shot.
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