What’s gone wrong at West Brom since their brilliant start to the season?
West Brom were one of the early pace setters in the Premier League. They opened with a superb win against Liverpool and looked as though they would turn the Hawthorns into a fortress throughout the rest of the year.
The club’s 2-1 defeat to Everton means they are now rooted near the bottom of the top half of the table and they could slip into the bottom half over the next few weeks.
The main reason for this demise in the club’s league position is their away form. West Brom have lost seven matches away from their own ground which is more than any other side in the top 12.
They have also conceded more goals than any other side in the top 12 which makes it extremely important for the club to hang onto key defender Jonas Olsson today, with QPR sniffing around and looking to make a steal on deadline day.
They still retain a very good home record which currently reads seven wins, two draws and three defeats but they are not going to push back up towards the European places based on home form alone.
It’s important to point out that the club is in no real danger of getting drawn into a relegation battle, as they effectively have 14 games to accumulate around six points.
However, the point is West Brom looked as though they were going to achieve something quite special at the start of the season but they have failed to maintain that good early season position unlike Everton.
The ratio of goals is also a little bit of a problem and something that Steve Clarke may be looking to improve today.
The total of 34 goals scored this season both home and away could also be another reason the club are so reluctant to let Peter Odemwingie go and sign for QPR. They need attacking firepower because only Spurs above them have scored fewer goals at home.
It doesn’t get any easier for West Brom as they host Tottenham before travelling to Liverpool at the start of February.
If they lose both of those matches then there is a very good chance they will be below tenth in the table which will make it all the more difficult for the club to cling onto the hope of Europa League football.
What do you see as the main reason for West Brom’s slump in form?
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