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Kevin Phillips believes West Brom will be in for a tough match against Blackpool when they travel to Bloomfield Road in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce will be hoping to earn his first win in charge of Albion after overseeing one draw and three defeats in his first four matches.

West Brom are languishing in the relegation zone 17 games into their return to the Premier League and a win would be a massive boost to their confidence ahead of a trip to Molineux next weekend when they play fierce rivals Wolves for the first time since 2012.

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Although he believes Blackpool are a team that could cause the Baggies issues, ex-Albion striker Phillips has tipped the Black Country club to come out on top and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

“I’m going to go for the Baggies. At some point, they’re going to win a football match so I’m going to go for it this weekend,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“I tell you what though, it won’t be easy because they’re a good team. But I’m going to go 2-1 to West Brom.”

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It remains to be seen what kind of team Allardyce will name to start against Blackpool.

Allardyce could choose to rest key players ahead of the huge Black Country derby clash with Wolves but he could also start them and hope that a win will earn some much-needed momentum to fire up a potential survival bid.

Either way, it’s a tough one for the West Brom manager, who’s yet to win the hearts of a lot of Albion fans since replacing Slaven Bilic.

A lot of supporters are already resigned to relegation so having a good stab at the FA Cup could be a way to get a bit of cheer among the fanbase too. We could approach this game with the attitude that ‘we’re going down anyway, so let’s try really hard in the FA Cup’.

In other West Brom news, Paul Robinson is blown away by this latest Albion transfer news.

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