Wolves v West Brom: match preview

The Black Country derby is back for the first time in nine years with local hero Sam Allardyce, Wolves fan as a boy aka Small Sam, at the helm of West Brom. Hopefully fans will be in attendance for the homecoming but in the meanwhile Allardyce may fancy his chances of a first win since taking over against a Wolves side hampered severely by injuries. Nuno Espíritio Santo’s side have scored more than goal only once in eight matches since Raul Jimenéz was sidelined. But Wolves still have the more exciting lineup and will likely create chances to test Allardyce’s stodgy backline. If West Brom do lose again and Sheffield United beat Tottenham they will suffer the ignominy of dropping to the foot of the table. Graham Searles

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Molineux

Last season n/a

Referee Michael Oliver

This season G13 Y40 R2 3.23 cards/game

Odds H 11-17 A 33-5 D 3-1


Subs from Hoever, Ruddy, Vitinha, Miranda, Kilman, Otasowie, Buur, Corbeanu, Cutrone, Lonwijk, Richards, Shabani

Doubtful Traoré (hamstring)

Injured Marçal (groin, 30 Jan), Podence (calf, 30 Jan), Boly (hamstring, 30 Jan), Jiménez (head, unknown), Jonny (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y27 R1


Leading scorers Jiménez, Neto 4


Subs from Bond, Button, Bartley, Phillips, Grosicki, Austin, Harper, Krovinovic, Edwards, Kipré, Gibbs, Peltier, Robinson

Doubtful None

Injured Robson-Kanu (match fitness, Feb), Field (knee, unknown), Grant (foot, unknown), Townsend (knee, unknown)

Suspended Gallagher (one match)

Discipline Y22 R3


Leading scorers Gallagher, Robinson 2