The Hawthorns plays host to a relegation six-pointer on Saturday, as West Brom host Fulham

A massive game at the bottom of the table takes place at the Hawthorns on Saturday, as West Brom host Fulham with things starting to get nervous in the relegation battle.

Just two points separate the sides going into the contest, with both teams needing a win if they are to reel in 17th-placed Brighton anytime soon.

It might not feel like it, but both sides have picked up three points from their last five league games, however they’ve come in very different circumstances. A lack of cutting edge has seen Fulham draw three and lose two, while West Brom beat Wolves earlier this month, but have also been on the end of defeats to Leeds, West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester City, leaving their goal difference at a massive -33.

Sam Allardyce needs to find his best team quickly, and ideally he’d have Grady Diangana available for selection. Unfortunately for him, he’s set to miss out with a hamstring injury, meaning Robert Snodgrass continues in the team after his January move from West Ham.

Scott Parker has an almost full squad to choose from, with only midfielder Tom Cairney and defender Terence Kongolo unavailable through injury. Kongolo is closing in on a return from an injury which has prevented him playing a single minute this season, but Antonee Robinson will return after his red card against Chelsea for a tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta.

A win for Fulham will take them to within two points of Brighton in 17th, while West Brom could leapfrog the Cottagers should they take the points.

West Brom take on Fulham at the Hawthorns on Saturday, January 30th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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