Tip: Both Teams To Score/Goals Under 2.5
1. West Bromwich Albion ranks third in the Championship ranking for registering the most amount of shots per match
2. Nottingham Forest ranks 17th in creating big chances while they are last in missing those chances
3. Since 2019, West Brom has won once in this encounter, with two games ending in draws
West Brom will be hosting Nottingham Forest on Friday evening at the Hawthorns for round 20 of the Championship. The Baggies have earned 33 points in 19 matches, making it clear that Valérien Ismaël's appointment was with serious intent. Fresh from a three-match winless streak, the home side will be trying their best to make amends. The playoff positions remain ranked within a gap of four points, so any slip-up now could prove costly later.
The expectations are starting to stagnate as West Brom is not doing so well recently. They have hit a slump, and the results are repealing them. Only scoring twice in 450 minutes, their worries are justified. The fans would demand an attacking display of football as they have not tasted three points for some time.
Forest's former boss, Chris Hughton, was dismissed after earning only one point in Forest's opening seven matches this season. Things have improved since then as the Reds have pulled up their form considerably after Steve Cooper took charge. At first, they immediately escaped the relegation zone and now sit at the 12th position with 24 points to their name. They remain undefeated for the last five games. Though most of it is from draws, it's a credibility that they can latch on till the end to share points.
While the hosts would like to get back to their winning ways, the visitors will be adamant in grinding it out by playing safe. With such contrasting mindsets on display, the game looks to be edging towards a stalemate finish.
West Brom will not be having the services of Jake Livermore, who is serving a suspension. centre-backs Dara O'Shea and Kean Bryan remain unavailable due to injuries. Nottingham's Jack Colback remains suspended for this fixture, followed by midfielder Max Lowe with centre-backs Loic Mbe Soh and Jordi Osei-Tutu remaining injured.