West Brom v Wolves preview
Baggies aim for first home win; Wolves on four-game losing run
By Steve Pass. Last Updated: October 14, 2011 6:23pm
Peter Odemwingie: Striker is battling to overcome a foot problem in time for Sunday's derby clash
West Brom host Wolves in a Black Country derby at the Hawthorns looking for their first home win of the Premier League season.
Roy Hodgson's side have being playing catch-up after a poor start to the campaign in which they lost their first three games.
Since then, the Baggies have taken five points from their last four games - including a point at Sunderland last time out - to haul themselves out of the drop zone.
In contrast, Wolves got off to a flier this term, winning their first two games and then drawing to sit in the higher echelons of the top flight.
But Mick McCarthy's side have since lost their last four games to plummet to 14th in the table.
While the Baggies can leapfrog Wolves with a win, the visitors can take heart from an improved performance against Newcastle last time in which they were unlucky to lose 2-1 at home.
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is battling to overcome a foot problem in time for Sunday's derby clash.
Simon Cox and Somen Tchoyi are in contention to replace Odemwingie, last season's top scorer with 15 goals, if he is ruled out.
Summer signing Billy Jones is in line to make his first Premier League start at right-back should Steven Reid fail to recover from his fractured hand.
Wolves have suffered a blow with the news leading scorer Steven Fletcher been ruled out of Sunday's clash at the Hawthorns.
The Scotland international - who has notched three goals during the current campaign - suffered a calf injury during training earlier this week.
Wolves' other experienced striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is not match-fit after his knee problem.
In the absence of the pair, fellow forward Sam Vokes could receive a start as deputy left-back George Elokobi's ankle injury means Stephen Ward is unlikely to be pushed forward into the attacking role he has been employed in on several occasions in a 4-4-1-1 system.
In other injury news, Ronald Zubar (groin) has continued his comeback with a game for the reserves, while Jody Craddock (hamstring) prepares to step up his training.
Possible starting XIs:
West Brom: Foster, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Reid, Mulumbu, Long, Cox.
Wolves: Hennessey, Johnson, Ward, Berra, Stearman, Hunt, Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle.
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