West Brom boss Valerien Ismael says he’s excited by the prospect of a Friday night showdown with Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns as his side look to get their Championship campaign back on track (Match betting – West Brom 4/6, Draw 11/4, Forest 9/2).

Just one win in their last five league outings has seen the Baggies (8/1 – Championship outright) fall off the pace in the race to secure one of the automatic promotion places.

Frontrunners Fulham and Bournemouth have taken full advantage with West Brom now eight points behind the second-place Cherries, while the Cottagers are a further point ahead.

While the pressure is on for Ismael’s side to avoid dropping further behind following a stalemate at Blackpool last time out, the Baggies manager is relishing the prospect of an all-Midlands clash with Forest on Friday night.

“We feel good, I think that it’s always a good feeling for Friday night games – personally I like the Friday night games,” he said.

“It’s a home game, so we’re looking forward to the game, we’ll take the good performance from our game at Blackpool.”

West Brom face a Nottingham side who are sat down in 13th place in the Championship standings, as too many draws have hindered their progress up the table.

Four draws in their last five league outings have made Forest the stalemate specialists of the Championship.

Manager Steve Cooper will be hoping his side can spring a surprise on Friday evening to secure their first away win in the league since October 19th.

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