A home fixture against Peterborough awaits the winner in round 4, so both West Brom and Bristol City will see Tuesday’s replay as a good shot of getting to the 5th round. Tony Pulis is looking to avoid an embarrassment when he takes the Baggies to Ashton Gate.
What’s the best way to end a run of no wins in eight games? Beat the team that tops the form table across all four divisions. That’s what managerless City did at the weekend as they overturned Middlesbrough to end a two month unbeaten streak for the league leaders. The vacant job at Ashton Gate has been linked with a number of top managers but if John Pemberton can mastermind another shock win, he may get the job permenantly.
Pulis knows that his side got away with at in the Hawthorns in the first match. The Bristolians were the better side, having 49% possession (against a Tony Pulis side!) and leading until the last minute of stoppage time, when James Morrison saved their blushes. But West Brom’s form on the road has been bad. And with Saido Berahino continuing to be linked to Spurs, there’s a high chance he doesn’t play.
• West Brom have only won three times on the road all season
• Bristol City have only won three times at home all season
• City have taken the lead 10 times in games, and won half of them
• West Brom have scored just eight goals away from the Hawthorns this campaign, only Newcastle have a worse record.
After a couple of substitute appearances, Stephane Sessengon is likely to start this game. He proved against Stoke a couple of weeks back what he can do with the ball, finishing the game with a goal and a over 60% pass rate. Against a side that’s conceded 22 in just 14 home games? If he’s given space, expect him to score at. I’d back a wincast with Sessegnon at.
The Robins will want to continue the kinds of performance that saw them beat Boro, andaren’t the worst odds for a Bristol win. Kieran Agard impressed in the first game, soanytime for him should be looked at.