West Brom must address away day issues if they are to fight for Championship promotion
West Brom travel to Blackpool in the Championship tonight looking to end a horrendous run of form away from home.
The Baggies have lost their last four matches on the road – to Stoke City, Swansea City, Fulham and Huddersfield – conceding seven goals and scoring just once.
It has been the key reason why they are rapidly losing ground on the current Championship top two Fulham and Bournemouth.
On home turf, West Brom are on par with both of those sides. They have picked up 21 points at the Hawthorns this season – one fewer than Fulham have at Craven Cottage and one more than Bournemouth have at the Vitality Stadium.
The Baggies are the only side in the second tier to remain unbeaten at home in 2021-22.
However, away from home it is a very different story. While Fulham and Bournemouth have picked up 19 and 20 points respectively on their travels, West Brom have recorded just 11 – the same number as 19th-place Cardiff City.
It is an issue that Valerien Ismael needs to address immediately, otherwise automatic promotion will be out of the picture.
The Baggies are spending much of the next month on the road – four of their upcoming six matches are away from home – so a solution simply has to be found.
After a trip to Blackpool tonight, West Brom go to Coventry City, Barnsley and Derby County before the end of the calendar year.
The Sky Blues and the Rams have proven very hard to beat on home turf this season – each losing just one of nine games at the Coventry Building Society Arena and Pride Park respectively.
It places even greater importance on this evening’s clash with a Blackpool side who have already lost four times at Bloomfield Road and are the joint-lowest home scorers in the Championship.
In other West Brom news, one manager has ruled out a departure for a Baggies transfer target.