West Bromwich Albion play host to Nottingham Forest on Friday evening looking to end a three-match winless streak in the Championship.
Meanwhile, Forest have recently moved into the mid-table positions, a consequence of only losing once in 11 matches under Steve Cooper.
West Brom collected 22 points from their opening 10 Championship matches this season, an indication that the club’s board had made the right decision in appointing Valerien Ismael as head coach.
However, just 11 points have been recorded in their last nine fixtures, the most recent disappointment coming at Blackpool on Tuesday night as the Baggies claimed a goalless draw.
A share of the spoils at Bloomfield Road is not the worst result in isolation, but it represented another 90 minutes where Ismael’s side had failed to play to their full potential.
West Brom’s only wins in nearly two months have been at home to struggling teams, while they have now netted just twice in 450 minutes of football.
Despite continuing to possess the third-best defensive record in the division, that is no longer enough for the club’s supporters, and they are under pressure to go on the attack on Friday night.
Since replacing Chris Hughton as Forest boss, Cooper has successfully moved the East Midlands outfit away from the relegation zone.
Nevertheless, Forest are beginning to stutter under the former Swansea City head coach with just seven points being collected from their last six fixtures.
Although Forest extended their unbeaten run to five games on Tuesday evening, posting a goalless draw at home to Luton Town did little to ease any frustration at the City Ground.
Forest have conceded just three goals since losing 4-0 at home to Fulham, but converting chances at the other end has sometimes felt a rarity.
On a positive note, they have not suffered defeat on the road since a 1-0 reverse at Stoke City on August 21, a streak lasting seven games.
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We say: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Given the amount of draws that both teams have recorded in recent weeks, we are not in a position to predict anything different on Friday. While both teams require a win for their respective causes, expect a low-scoring draw as the final outcome.