West Bromwich Albion Vs. Reading F.C. – Match Preview

The Baggies return to the shrine after two games on the road. Darren Moore looking to continue a 6-game unbeaten streak, Saturday could be the 7th against Paul Clement’s side. Reading survived the relegation zone last season by 3 points, finishing 20th. This resulting in the sacking of former Man-U defender Jaap Stam with former Swansea manager Paul Clement taking the reins. However, it’s been a rough campaign for the new manager Clement, with only 9 points in 11 games.

One key man to look out for is Icelandic warrior, Jón Dadi Bödvarsson who has 6 goals in 6 appearances.He will be expected to be a prominent threat to Sam Johnstone’s goal; meanwhile keep an eye on fast (ex Swansea) winger Barrow, who will cause nightmares if he’s in a one-on-onea gainst the out-of-form Bartley. You would think in West Brom’s current home form and with their strong attacking play, we would be too much for Clement’s side. However, the unpredictable Championship may have a shock on offer, if the Baggies don’t amend their defensive side of play.

Bartley and Hegazi cause headaches for the fans with sluggish play from the back, causing our own issues; plus first half syndrome which involves the Albion not turning up until the 45th minute. This could beour down fall during this valuable game. We’re not a finished article by any means but tighten up these areas and you have a title winning side in your hands.

Matty Phillips is hopefully going to be fit, as he’s been missed in that right-wing back role. Credit to Mears however, as he’s been great cover, against Preston and Wednesday. Matty will offer more of a attacking threat and could be the man to break down Reading’s often used 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 formation. The latter setup could cause issues for the frontline as we’ve seen consistently this season.

This would be a big 3 points and could bring Big Dave’s side back to top of the Championship. Going to forecast a 3-1 WBA win. I feel our attack may be too much Reading. Come On You Baggies!

Writer - Max Jennings, TalkWBA