West Brom were convincingly beaten 2-0 by Hull City at the KC Staadium and are now looking over their shoulder as they sit only three points above the drop. Pepe Mel has recently changed his formation to a much more narrow 4-3-1-2, with Stephane Sessegnon playing in the whole behind the front pair of Thievy and Victor Anichebe. With games against Tottenham, Manchester City, and Arsenal coming up in their run in, the Baggies need to get some points in this relegation six pointer against struggling rivals Cardiff.
Cardiff City (5-3-2): Marshall, Fabio, Caulker, Cala, Théophile-Catherine, John, Mutch, Medel, Kim Bo-Kyung, Bellamy, Campbell
Cardiff City played out an epic 6-3 game against Liverpool, but were the unfortunate losers last weekend. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer attempted a very counter-attacking formation in the 5-3-2, and with three goal scored against a very in-form Liverpool side, the former Manchester United striker could utilize the same system away against the Baggies. Fraizer Campbell and Craig Bellamy led the line, with the former grabbing a goal and an assist in clash. Jordan Mutch also grabbed two from midfield, where he’ll be lining up alongside Gary Medel and Bo-Kyung Kim.
Cardiff travel to West Brom on Sat having won 2 of last 3 meetings with 1 draw, 0 defeats #CARDIFFCITY
— Bluebirds Top 6?! (@CardiffRedBlues) March 26, 2014
Unrest in West Brom dressing room over sale of Shane Long – days before relegation showdown with Cardiff City
— Julius (@Onemwala) March 26, 2014
I really hope Cardiff beat West Brom this week. Then lose every game thereafter.
— Mark (@markyboyace) March 25, 2014
Highlights from Cardiff’s 1-0 win over West Brom in this season’s earlier fixture. Can the Baggies get revenge or will the ‘Bluebirds’ do the double this time round?
When Stephane Sessegnon arrived at West Brom, the Benin international didn’t settle in the way he would have liked. Chris Brunt’s injury has however forced Pepe Mel to change the tactical system and Sessegnon now finds himself in his ideal ‘in the hole’ position. With a goal in his new role, the 29-year-old will be relishing to face Cardiff in front of his home fans.
West Brom have won just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League games at the Hawthorns (W1 D6 L3).
Peter Whittingham has scored in his last three league appearances against West Brom for Cardiff.