In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former West Brom player Carlton Palmer discussed the chances of his old side avoiding relegation this season and remaining in the Premier League.
The Baggies are currently 19th in English football’s top flight, nine points away from safety, and face Everton next before taking on Newcastle United in a massive game at the bottom of the table.
It is quite a gap that needs to be closed, but Palmer does not think it is impossible, backing West Brom to beat the drop if they can manage to win maximum points from those two upcoming fixtures.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, Palmer said:
“The next two games for me are absolute deciders, absolute deciders. They’ve got Everton on Thursday night and then they’ve got Newcastle three days later. Both of these games, they’re both two cup finals.
“If Sam [Allardyce] can pick up maximum points from those two games, I give them a great chance of staying up. But if they drop even a point against Everton or Newcastle, I can’t see them staying up, I just can’t see it. But they’ve got a great opportunity now.”
Undoubtedly, the next two games for West Brom are huge. If Allardyce’s side can beat both Everton and Newcastle, they could move to within just three points of the latter in the battle for Premier League survival.
It, of course, will not be easy, as Everton continue to impress, following up their first victory against Liverpool at Anfield since 1999 with a 1-0 win over Southampton on Monday.
Elsewhere, another relegation rival in Fulham have managed to find some form of late, not losing in any of their last five Premier League matches, further highlighting West Brom’s need to pick up points this week.