By Nick Ware

17th Sep, 2021 | 11:40am

Jeff Stelling predicts West Brom clash v Preston North End

Jeff Stelling predicts West Brom to recover from successive home draws and beat Preston North End on Saturday.

West Brom have suffered double disappointment since the resumption of the Championship following the international break.

After being held 1-1 by Millwall at The Hawthorns on Saturday, Albion recorded another draw in the same venue just three days later.

That 0-0 stalemate with Derby County on Tuesday knocked Valerien Ismael’s men off top spot as Fulham fought their way back to first place on Wednesday.

Ex-Preston striker Neil Mellor has backed his old club to add to Albion’s frustrations in his prediction on the Super 6 website.

Mellor predicts a 2-2 draw in Lancashire, while Stelling has plumped for a 2-1 win for the West Midlands side.

Time to get back on track

It’s not a result that will define their season, but West Brom supporters will be expecting a big response to their recent showings.

The early momentum built up in the first five Championship games has been halted, though they still remain unbeaten so far.

Preston have made a solid, if unspectacular start to their 2021/22 campaign, but these are the sort of games Albion need to be claiming all three points.

Tough fixtures against QPR, Cardiff City and Stoke City await after Saturday, and the Baggies will want to put themselves in a comfortable position before the next international break.

Ismael could be set to make a few changes to his side for the trip to Preston, with rotation likely in attack.

Jordan Hugill and Matt Phillips will be pushing for starts after substitute outings against Derby.

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