Why Gayle suspension is no death knell for West Brom’s Premier League quest
Losing 23-goal striker Dwight Gayle to suspension absolutely will not make West Bromwich Albion's Championship play-off semi-final second-leg job any simpler.
Yet neither is it the fatality knell for the Baggies' play-off hopes that contemptuously short Aston-Villa-to-qualify chances of 2/7 recommend ahead of the return tie at the Hawthorns.
At 5/2 to make the last dubbed the most useful suit in football, there's plenty to such as about Albion's opportunities also in the absence of their leading scorer.
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Is the relevance of Gayle's absence being overstated?
West Brom are less beatable Gayle-free
The leading line numbers recommend West Brom are a little a lot more efficient in terms of winning games when the on-loan Newcastle United man begins.
Albion have won 53 percent of those in which he's made the XI this season, contrasted to 42 percent when he hasn't.
However, they've also lost a reduced portion of video games (21 percent) when he doesn't begin than when he does (29 per cent).
Therefore maybe taken that a Gayle-free Baggies are tougher to defeat when he remains matches. With 2-0 win enough to take them to Wembley, this quality might be crucial at the Hawthorns.
They have claimed good fortunes without their number 16
James Shan's men have likewise carried out lots of strong outcomes in games when the 28-year-old was either entirely missing of offered just a few minutes from the bench.
Perhaps the most relevant of these was the 2-0 win against the Villa on enemy region back in February. Hal Robson Kanu as well as Jay Rodriguez– author of 22 Championship objectives of his very own in 2018/19– managed the racking up.
That match was adhered to by a 3-2 outgunning of QPR at Loftus Road on their really next roadway journey. On house dirt too West Brom have actually shown themselves efficient in besting high-calibre enemies without Gayle, having been 2-0 up on Leeds when he entered the battle royal in the 80th min of what took place to be a 4-1 win back in November.
Albion remain in flying kind at the Hawthorns
One more reason West Brom are greater than with the ability of transforming the connection around is that they enter the second-leg in red-hot nick at the greatest football ground in the league. The Throstles have actually won 5 in a row in front of their upholders.
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