Do or die for West Brom

Can the Baggies avoid the drop?

With 24 more points available in the 2008-2009 season, I hesitate to say that next weekend’s match with Stoke City is a must-win for West Bromwich Albion for its hopes for avoiding the drop.

But it really is.

The Baggies are rooted to the bottom of the table with 24 points with eight matches to go and any hopes for survival start at The Hawthorns on April 4 against the Potters.

Why is this match so important? It’s one of the best chances at three points left on the schedule.

West Brom’s remaining games

  • April 4 – Stoke City
  • April 11 – at Portsmouth
  • April 18 – at Manchester City
  • April 25– Sunderland
  • May 2 – at Tottenham 
  • May 9 – Wigan
  • May 16 – Liverpool
  • May 24 – at Blackburn Rovers

As you can see, the push for the finish line is not exactly littered with chances for West Brom. But a win against Stoke – and it would be the first in six years – would serve as a confidence booster ahead of a relegation six-pointer at Fratton Park against Pompey the following weekend.

Midfielder Robert Koren hasn’t given up on his team’s chances of survival, telling the official team Web site on Tuesday that, “the next game against Stoke is very important. If we can get three points I think the fight will be open again.”

I tend to agree. Getting points on the road against Man City, Spurs or Blackburn will be tough. But three points at home after the international break will breathe life into a season that’s a bit lacking in that department at the moment.
It will probably take somewhere in the neighborhood of 37 points to stay up this season, so the Baggies have quite a bit of work to do.
But after Fulham’s great escape last year, anything is possible.
A win against the Potters keeps hope alive.
Anything less, and the trap door opens a bit wider.

3 thoughts on “Do or die for West Brom”

  1. oh WBA are well and truly screwed, they dont have a goalscorer! its a shame because it is nice they have tried to play football but Tony’s boys are without a prayer im afraid. Its a shame for Brom because they been up and down a few time snow but never seem to have anything in the bank to spend to give the whatever man in charge half a chancel

  2. For the baggies to stay up, they need 4 wins. I can’t see them getting one at this rate. It’s a shame, but they have no one to grab them goals. They play good football, but Mowbray has to work in the Premiership on a Championship budget, and it simply can’t be done.

  3. Stoke are making a fight of it, & both stoke city & west brom, got the same amount of money for getting promoted last season. Stoke have shown money is not everything, sure it helps, but in reply to (Paul Bestall) Survival can be done on a low budget. It’s about Shrewd transfers from your manager, Team commitment, Work ethic, Playing to your strengths, Good vocal Support at home & a whole host of other things besides money!!

    Sure West brom play nice looking football, but what’s the point when it gets you no wins, The defence is weak you have only got look at the dreadful goal difference!! & like others comments made they have no goals in them & decent strikers.

    After all, Stoke City managed to beat (Manchester City) at the Britannia Stadium 1-0 thanks to the man (James Beattie) with only 10 men on the pitch for the remaining 60 mins of the match!!
    & thats the richest club in the world. As above i rest my case, Money is not the B all & end all!!!

    Go On The Stoke
    City Till I Die!!!!!!!

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