West Brom v Nottingham Forest preview: Where to watch, stream details, team news, betting odds & more

West Brom are in desperate need of a win to stay within touching distance of the Championship top two

West Bromwich Albion have a quick turnaround this week as they are back in action on Friday evening - taking on Nottingham Forest at the Hawthorns.

Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Blackpool made it three games without a win for Valerien Ismael’s side and just two points from their last nine available.

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The recent slump in form has seen them lose ground on the Championship top two with the possibility that by the end of play Wednesday, a 10 point game may have opened up.

Although it’s still fairly early within the campaign, a gap that big is hard to overhaul and if they do have aspirations of achieving automatic promotion, Friday evening’s game may well already be seen as a must win by some.

Jayson Molumby of West Bromwich Albion controls the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion at Bloomfield Road

When is the game?

The game takes place on Friday 26th November at West Brom’s home of the Hawthorn. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 (GMT).

Is the game on TV?

Yes. Shockingly, a Baggies game has been moved for television.

It is live on Sky Sports Football from 19:30.

How can I stream it?

Sky Sports customers can stream the game via Sky Go either online or with the app on their smart devices.

Baggies fans can also listen to the game via WBA TV for a one off fee of £2.50 if they are not already subscribed to a package.

Team news

Jake Livermore will be unavailable again for West Brom as he serves his second of a three game suspension following the red card he picked up in the 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town.

For Nottingham Forest, Max Lowe looks set to miss his second successive game after he picked up a groin injury in last weekend’s draw with Reading.

Forest will also be without Jack Colback who was sent off in their midweek draw with Luton Town.

Valerien Ismael, Manager of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion

Form guide

West Brom: WLWDLD

Nottingham Forest: LDDWDD

Neither side are in inspiring form, the Baggies picking up eight points over the last six and the Reds picking up just seven.

With that said, Forest do go into this one four unbeaten, though they have only won one of those four.

Both sides will feel the game is their to win on Friday evening.

Head-to-head record

The Baggies have a relatively healthy head-to-head record against Forest having won six of the last 12 in all competitions between the two sides.

The Reds have only won three in that same period, with the last one coming at the Hawthorns in January 2010.

Dexter Blackstock, Radi Majewski & Chris Cohen put Forest 3-0 up on the day before Roman Bednar bagged a late consolation for West Brom.

Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion gets tackled by Radoslaw Malewski of Nottingham Forest during the Coca-Cola Football League Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns

Predicted line-up

West Brom (3-4-2-1): Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley, Clarke; Furlong, Molumby, Mowatt, Townsend; Diangana, Grant; Robinson

Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba; Spence, Worrall, McKenna, Bong; Ojeda, Garner; Lolley, Zinckernagel, Johnson; Figueiredo

Score prediction

West Brom 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Sadly I can see it being another frustrating night for the Baggies under the lights.

Forest are no mugs under their new manager, Steve Cooper and with the confidence low within the home side’s ranks, I can see it playing out at a point a piece yet again.

Betting odds

West Brom: 8/13

Draw: 11/4

Nottingham Forest: 9/2

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