Only a point separates West Brom and Watford in the middle of the Premier League standings ahead of their clash at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
The Baggies recently strung two wins together for the first time this season when they followed a 2-1 triumph over champions Leicester with a out-of-character 4-0 thrashing of Burnley, a rare goal-fest for Tony Pulis and his team. Their most recent result, a 1-1 draw with Hull, was a more familiar spectacle.
"We put a great performance in against Leicester and Burnley," said Pulis ahead of the match. "First half against Hull we were good. Those are the standards
"It's still very early in the season. We've got a very tough game against Watford who I'd expect a reaction from."
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) December 2, 2016
Watford tasted defeat in their most recent encounter, a 1-0 loss to Stoke, and have been rather inconsistent in recent weeks, hence their modest position of eighth in the Premier League standings, a point above their hosts for this weekend. However, Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri wants more consistency.
"We want to continue having the positive results without having to go through an up and a down," he said, after alternating between victory and defeat in recent weeks.
"West Bromwich is a club that is doing very well and the results speak for themselves. Because of the way that they play it’s very difficult for every team that plays against them to perform well."
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 2, 2016
In team news, the Watford duo of Younes Kaboul (knock) and Isaac Success (hamstring) will undergo late fitness tests before the game, but Jose Holebas (knock), Ben Watson (groin), Kenedy (knee), and Craig Cathcart (Inguinal Hernia) are sidelined.
For the Baggies, striker Salomon Rondon will face a late fitness test as he recovers from tonsillitis, while Saido Berahino is considered a major doubt. Boaz Myhill is out with an ankle injury.