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SIMILAR SETBACKS: West Brom host Bristol City at the Hawthorns

Both West Brom and Bristol City are looking to bounce back from midweek collapses when they clash on Saturday.

West Brom are hoping to extend their home unbeaten run against Bristol City to eight matches, while the Robins look to continue their good away form.

The Baggies have drawn two and won five of the previous seven meetings between these two sides and scored exactly four goals in four of their last five at the Hawthorns.

Unsurprisingly, Bristol City have shipped 28 goals in total in this fixture and they've failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 league games against West Brom.

Callum Robinson have has a hand in eight of those goals, scoring six and recording two assists in nine games against his upcoming opponents.'

The Robins home form might be dreadful - no wins in 10 months - but their away form has been much better. This is the second consecutive season that they've won four of the first six league matches away from home.

However, they haven't won five of their opening seven games on their travels since the 1954-55 season in the Third Division South.

City are hoping to bounce back from a demoralising defeat in midweek as they almost ended their dreadful home form before two last minute goals sunk their hopes.

Nottingham Forest clawed three points at the death at Ashton Gate to keep Bristol City winless at home.

“It’s a difficult one to take – we have thrown away a good situation tonight. It’s tough for our fans to come here week in week out and try and lift us with their support and for us not to be able to get over the line,” Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson told Robins TV before they prepared for West Brom.

The Baggies have lost two of their last three league games after opening the season unbeaten in the first 10 games.

Chasing promotion is still the goal but the recent form has seen them slip to third in the table behind Fulham and leaders Bournemouth.

In their last league game, West Brom suffered a similar setback to Bristol City as they lost 2-1 to struggling Swansea City.

After the match, Baggies boss Valerien Ismael said his team need to react, but not overreact to the midweek defeat.

"For sure we are disappointed to lose the game, especially with another mistake. It was the same against Stoke," Ismael said.

"At the end we made the big mistake. This is the reason we lost the game. We don't need to overreact. We play the next game on Saturday and we need the right reaction."


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