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 will be able to hold Wolves to a draw in the Black Country derby at Molineux on Saturday.
Albion haven’t played their bitter local rivals since mauling them 5-1 at Molineux in 2012 and a lot has happened since the day Peter Odemwingie sent the Dingles down two divisions.
Wolves are now the massive favourites to get a victory over West Brom but Phillips, who scored eight goals against them in his career, believes Albion have enough to walk away from Molineux with a point.
“I can’t go against the Baggies,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“I’m going to go for a 1-1 draw. They’re going to keep it solid at the back, they might concede but I think they’ll get one.”
West Brom have lost just three of their last 21 meetings with Wolves and have won two and drawn one of their four Black Country derbies in the Premier League.
The history books show that Albion are the dominant team out of the two local rivals but, as mentioned, a lot has changed at both clubs in recent years.
Wolves, since dropped down to League One, have been bought by Fosun and with the help of Jorge Mendes, have transformed themselves into Portugal.
While they have underperformed this season, they are one of the better teams in the Premier League and one that West Brom should be very mindful of this weekend.
Albion have also become a Chinese-owned club since the last Black Country derby but Guochuan Lai’s ownership remains a subject of a lot of anger from supporters with him failing to invest any money into the club upon promotion last term.
Sam Allardyce faces a big task in trying to win against the club he supported as a boy this weekend but that insight into this derby could be advantageous for the Baggies.
In other West Brom news, Albion have offered this key player a new £45,000-a-week contract.