By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

29th Dec, 2020 | 9:10am

'They were carved open' - Exclusive: Phillips predicts result of West Brom v Leeds

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillips predicts West Brom and Leeds United will share the points when they meet at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.

Since winning automatic promotion from the Championship together last season, both clubs have taken different paths in the Premier League with Albion struggling in the relegation zone and Leeds sitting 12th with 20 points from 15 games.

It looks as though Marcelo Bielsa has already done enough to see his team avoid relegation back to the second-tier but it’s a totally different story at The Hawthorns, where Sam Allardyce will take charge of his third Baggies game on Tuesday.

Phillips can see there being plenty of goals in the game despite West Brom and Leeds putting in solid defensive displays at the weekend to earn a draw with Liverpool and win over Burnley respectively.

The ex-Baggies forward predicts the game will end in a 2-2 draw.

“Leeds have been up and down, they took that thumping [against Manchester United] when they were carved open,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“Because Sam would have had time to work with them, I’m going to go for a score draw. 

“It could be 1-1 or 2-2 but I’m going to go more down the route of 2-2.

“Leeds always score so I’ll go 2-2.”

West Brom have won just one league game since winning promotion to the Premier League but have had some good draws against teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Against Man City and Liverpool, Albion knew that sitting back and trying to seize whatever opportunities came their way would be a good game-plan but against Leeds, it is slightly different.

Leeds create a lot of attacking opportunities so do West Brom sit back in the same way they did at Anfield or Sunday? Or do they push forward more knowing that Leeds also have a weak defence that leaks a lot of chances?

It’s a tough call but we can see Allardyce setting his team up to frustrate Leeds and try to take advantage of set-pieces and counter-attacks.

In other West Brom news, Stephen Warnock has hailed this Albion player for his performance against Liverpool.

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