West Bromwich Albion will be looking to lump more misery on struggling Bournemouth when they welcome them to the Hawthorns in the Premier League on Saturday.
A month and a half ago, the Baggies received a heavy 4-0 hiding from Tottenham Hotspur, but have responded magnificently by not losing a game since. The four-game unbeaten run includes wins over Stoke City and Sunderland, while they drew with both Middlesbrough and West Ham away from home.
They currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, which would be a decent result if they can remain their until the end of the season. Climbing any higher could prove difficult with a four-point gap already existing between them and Everton in seventh, as well as the relative difference in squad strength between them and the top six.
However, they also hold a handy five-point lead over Stoke in ninth and will be confident they can hang onto their status in the top half of the table, starting with a win over Bournemouth this weekend.
? Hard graft in training complete!
The Cherries await tomorrow afternoon…
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 24, 2017
The Cherries are in grave danger of getting pulled into a relegation battle unless they can turn their form around soon.
A decent first half of the campaign has been all but eroded by five Premier League games without a win in recent weeks. The only point they picked up in that time was in a 2-2 draw with Watford, while they suffered defeat at the hands of Hull City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Manchester City.
With tough matches against Manchester United and West Ham United on the horizon, they would have been looking to this fixture as a potential to gain some much-needed points, but the confidence in their camp is likely to be shot after their recent poor run of results.
The home side has a fully fit squad to choose from while Adam Federici and Callum Wilson miss out with injury for Bournemouth, and Jack Wilshere faces a late fitness test.