By Joe Ellis

1st Jan, 2022 | 7:10am

Physical Cardiff await Baggies - Three things West Brom need to watch for

West Brom’s season is threatening to fall off the rails with form dipping as the new year approaches, but their match against Cardiff on Sunday offers an ideal opportunity to get back on track.

The Baggies and the Bluebirds are at opposite ends of the Championship table with The Welsh side battling a relegation dogfight while West Brom are looking towards a Premier League return.

But lying 20th in the League doesn’t guarantee an easy victory for Valerien Ismael’s side and they will need to be at their best to secure three points.

Aerial Bombardment

The squad assembled by Mick McCarthy in the summer stands as one of the tallest in the entire EFL and they utilised that to great effect in the early days of the season.

But since their flying start, Cardiff have fallen off a sheer cliff and McCarthy was sacked by the club back in October and Steve Morison has been in charge since.

The team still possesses a great aerial advantage over much of the Championship and the threat of Aden Flint and Kieffer Moore from set-pieces will be the main topic in the Baggies’ preparation.

Youth Revolution

McCarthy’s exit in October has opened the door for some of the club’s young talents to show their ability to Steve Morison and there are two particular players who have taken their chance.

20-year-old Irishman Mark McGuinness has made the right centre-half positions his own in recent weeks and his partnership with right wing-back Perry Ng has blossomed during the Bluebirds’ best run since August.

Midfielder Rubin Colwill has also stamped his mark on the team having cemented his place in the advanced role with the Cardiff engine room.

Crucial goals against Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and Luton Town have endeared the 19-year-old to the Cardiff faithful.

Out for Revenge

The Baggies ran out 4-0 winners at the Cardiff City Stadium in September while McCarthy was still in charge so Ismael’s side will face their first game against Steve Morison.

The Cardiff analysts will have the previous fixture at the forefront of the players’ minds and they will be keen to eradicate the errors of the previous encounter.

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