West Brom to win sixth game on the spin
West Bromwich Albion looked down and out at the end of October in The Championship. The perennial yo-yo side between the two top tiers were rock bottom of the second division following a disastrous start to the campaign under Steve Bruce, but the appointment of Carlos Corberán has proved astute thus far, with the Spanish head coach masterminding five wins in a row to lift them away from danger. On Wednesday evening, they make the short trip to face Coventry City, who are again more newsworthy for off the field matters than on. Read our preview here:
To the Viktor, the spoils
The Sky Blue Army are still awaiting EFL approval for the takeover of the club by Doug King with the winter transfer window looming and a possible embargo remaining in place, all against the backdrop of a u-turn by Mike Ashley that allows them to have their matches at the Coventry Building Society Arena until the end of the season. On the pitch, they surrendered a three-goal lead at the weekend to only conspire to draw with Swansea City, having led by that scoreline with just over 20 minutes remaining on the clock. Swedish forward Viktor Gyökeres was again on target however, and is in fact the only player in the Championship to now be on double figures for the campaign. His current form could make him more prominent for his national side when they kick off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign against Belgium in March. Elsewhere, Mark Robins will be demanding a stronger mentality in defence, with Fankaty Dabo poised to come back in on the right flank.
The final Furlong
One of the most pleasing aspects for Corberán during their amazing recovery under his auspices has been the fact that it has been very much a team effort and cannot be pinned solely on one or two names. He will though be without centre backs Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley until 2023, though the former has been an absentee since the end of August. In a 4-2-3-1, the steady figure of Darnell Furlong will be on the right of the back four where he is adept at mopping up aerial balls lofted into his position and turning them into opportunities to counter. Okay Yokuşlu, who became a permanent member of the squad in the summer, holds the fort in a double pivot role, which allows the likes of John Swift to primarily concentrate on contributing assists for Daryl Dike, who only recently regained fitness.
Casumo have odds of 2.40 for WBA to get a sixth win out of six, and temporarily be just two points away from the play-off places.