West Bromwich Albion manager, Sam Allardyce, has hinted at his tactics for this evening’s game at Sheffield United.
The Premier League’s bottom two face each other at Bramall Lane at 6pm tonight in what will be dubbed a ‘relegation six-pointer’.
Both sides are in danger of being cut adrift in the drop zone, with 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion nine points ahead of West Brom and 13 in front of the Blades.
Therefore, victory in this match is crucial if either team wants to make a serious push for survival.
Allardyce has struggled to turn results around since replacing Slaven Bilic as Baggies boss.
The 66-year-old has picked up five points from eight league fixtures since taking charge. They’ve also conceded 24 goals during that time.
Yet Allardyce feels there is one particular area his players should target if they are to leave South Yorkshire with all three points.
“The last thing we’d want to do is let them score off a set play,” he told the West Brom website.
“I’d like to score off a set play to help us to win the game.
“But most important I’d like the lads to stop conceding the sloppy goals they continue to do so.”
Sam Allardyce also hints at selection
Games are coming thick and fast currently, with this being both clubs’ fifth fixture in 17 days.
Last time out the Baggies drew 2-2 at the Hawthorns to fellow strugglers Fulham – who complete the bottom three as things stand in 18th position.
The West Midlands team signed five players during the January transfer window to try and improve their fortunes.
That included Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Okay Yokuslu arriving on loan from Arsenal and Celta Vigo respectively on deadline day.
Whether or not they play any part this evening remains to be seen, but Allardyce plans to make changes.
“When you start picking the same team, without any question of a doubt you’ll fall into problems,” he continued.
“It’s impossible to keep the players going, that same 11. As much as you’d like to.
“We’ve got to make a few changes, bring a few fresh legs in and start from the beginning against Sheffield United to try and win.”