Preston vs West Brom predictions: Travel-sick Baggies set to struggle
Preston are the last remaining unbeaten team in the Championship this season and they will be hoping to stretch that sequence to nine at home to out-of-sorts West Brom.
Ryan Lowe’s side sit third in the early-season standings, having won six and drawn two of their opening eight games, and they are playing with a great deal of confidence.
The same cannot be said for visitors West Brom, who have won only twice in eight attempts and arrive at Deepdale on a four-game winless run.
The Baggies have drawn three matches on the spin, firing blanks against Bristol City and Millwall, and they have found things tough away from their beloved Hawthorns.
Carlos Corberan’s side sit 13th in the Championship and they have failed to win any of their opening four matches on the road, suggesting they could be in for a tough time in Lancashire.
Lowe confirmed there were no injury setbacks suffered in their latest 1-1 draw at Rotherham and is optimistic that top scorer Will Keane, who has four goals already this season, will be fit to return.
However, Preston are set to be without sidelined trio Ched Evans, Calvin Ramsey and Emil Riis.
West Brom also enjoyed a free midweek yet they remain without long-term absentees Daryl Dike and Adam Reach.
Having been substitutes in the goalless draw at home to Millwall last time out, midfielders Jed Wallace and Okay Yokuslu could be recalled to Corberan’s starting line-up.
Preston are unbeaten in eight Championship games, winning all four of their league assignments at Deepdale.
Each of those home victories against Sunderland, Swansea, Plymouth and Birmingham finished 2-1.
That means both teams have scored in six of Preston's eight league matches this term.
West Brom, on the other hand, have won only one of their last six Championship fixtures and they have failed to win any of their four away games this season.
The Baggies have won only two of their last 14 Championship away assignments across this season and last.
Preston and West Brom have made contrasting starts to the season and this Championship clash may go the way of the in-form hosts.
While the Lilywhites have been efficient and clinical with their chances, West Brom have often lacked a focal point to their attack in the absence of injured Dike and have been wasteful in front of goal.
Preston are a perfect four from four in the league at Deepdale, where West Brom were also beaten 1-0 last season.
Away form is proving costly for the Baggies and, having won only twice in their last 14 attempts on the road, they are easy to oppose on their trip to Lancashire.
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