The Chalkboard: West Bromwich Albion should stick with four at the back against Ipswich Town

West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore should stick with the same tactics that got the team back to winning ways against Leeds United prior to the international break.

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At the start of the season, the manager tried out a new formation by playing three at the back.

However, in recent weeks, he has reverted to a traditional back four, which served them well against Leeds.

Tosin Adarabioyo, Ahmed Hegazi, Craig Dawson and Kieran Gibbs were selected to start in what turned out to be a 4-1 victory.

The triumph ended a winless run of four games in the Championship, and it put the Baggies in contention once again for promotion.

As it stands, Moore and his team are fifth in the table, five points adrift of current leaders Norwich City.

Given how tight it is at the top, West Brom will need to get their tactics spot on against Ipswich Town this Friday in order to keep themselves in the hunt.

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Three or four at the back?

There is certainly an argument for both cases, but given the success that it brought against Leeds, sticking with a foursome may be best for West Brom at this moment.

Dawson and Hegazi worked well together last season when they were partnered in central defence, and they have been solid when doing so in the current campaign.

Following the loan departure of Allan Nyom in the summer, the Baggies have been slightly weaker in the right-back department.

However, having more numbers at the back will only serve them well against the Tractor Boys on Friday.

It is a difficult decision given that Moore has tried to implement a new system, but sometimes you just have to go with what works.