WBA’s winning streak came to an end in their previous game after they tasted their first defeat of the season against Stoke in the Championship. Ismael’s men were successful in establishing themselves as one of the early favourites since the very beginning. After winning four opening games this season, the Baggies had a rough patch as they were held by three consecutive draws in September. However, they managed to recover from their average performances and made a comeback in the latter half of the month. The back-to-back wins have helped them regain their style of play, which seems to work for the Baggies. Under the guidance of Valerien Ismael, Albion have managed to grab some important points in their important fixtures. Ismael is positive and has high hopes from his in-form team going forward in the season. However, they need to resolve their issues in front of the goal.
Let’s look at some stats to understand their current form in the Championship and see if they can continue their form going forward.
West Brom were dominated in this game as indicated by the above chart they were out shot by their opponent, Stoke City who were also more accurate with their shot on target. The Potters also dominated the game in terms of xG. Callum Robinson was the most impressive player for the Baggies, as he led both shots and dribbles charts.
Although West Brom dominated the timeline in the first half they were unable to continue the same level of threat in the second half. Their xG timeline tells a similar tale as they dominated in the first half but they were unable to take the chances and Stoke City came back stronger in the second half.
So far the Baggies have scored 20 goals in their opening 11 fixtures while they have only conceded nine. West Brom’s performance this season have placed them second in the expected goals chart. Similarly, they are second in terms of expected goals per 90.
WBA’s defensive and pressing stats are similarly impressive. Their PPDA places them at first position in the league, indicating that they have applied the defensive pressure effectively. West Brom’s average challenge intensity is similarly remarkable. One area of improvement for the Baggies is their successful defensive duels and successful defensive duels per 90.
Their manager has been recently criticized for his tactics. Although they have scored many goals this season but they have been unable hold possession of the ball for very long as indicated by the open play possession for more than 45 seconds. They similarly rank at the bottom in terms of match tempo.
West Brom are set to host Birmingham after their international break at home. They will be looking to brush off their defeat at the hand of Stoke City in their previous game. The visitors are winless in their previous two games and will make it difficult for the Baggies. Although West Brom’s form at home will provide them with the edge required to come on top. If they continue their brilliant record at home and improve in their performances away then they can surely hope to finish in the promotion spot.