If West Bromwich Albion are to stand any chance of surviving in the Premiership then their home form will be vital.

Albion’s season starts this weekend at home against Sunderland and a win would be the ideal tonic to banish thoughts of their 6-0 drubbing away at Chelsea last weekend.  

A win would also be a perfect way to kick off their home campaign and give the Baggies fans something to cheer about.

West Brom fans will have been disappointed with the 6-0 scoreline but Albion’s season will not be decided when playing against Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal etc.

Fixtures against the likes of Blackpool, Bolton, Wigan, Newcastle, West Ham, Fulham and Wolves will determine whether the Baggies can stay up.

If Albion do end up victorious over the teams who will be fighting it out to survive, then they will definitely finish above the relegation zone. Easier said then done!

With Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi now seemingly West Brom players, at least Roberto Di Matteo has more attacking options available to him for future games this season.

Odemwingie in my opinion was one of Nigeria’s best players at this years World Cup and he is very quick. At £2.5 million he could prove to be bargain for the Baggies.

I have not seen Somen Tchoyi play so I would be interested to hear from Albion fans about their thoughts on the Cameroon winger.

It will be interesting to see how quick both Odemwingie and Tchoyi settle in at The Hawthorns and whether they can adapt to the Premiership.

I’m sure many West Brom fans would agree with me that the Baggies do need at least one more striker. Whether it be a permanent buy or someone coming in on loan I don’t know. 

Di Matteo will be looking to bring in some players on loan to strengthen the current squad before the transfer window closes.

Looking ahead to the Sunderland game, the Baggies will without question want to put in a good performance and put the defeat against Chelsea behind them.

However beating Sunderland will not be easy as some fans are making out. The Black Cats will be looking to finish in the top half of the Premiership and they have a quality striker in Darren Bent.

The former Spurs striker was in red hot from for Steve Bruce’s side last season and was unlucky not to make the 23 man England squad for the World Cup.

Bent will fancy his chances of scoring against Albion after the Baggies debacle last weekend.

There will be a couple of things I will be looking out for in the starting XI against Sunderland. Firstly will Di Matteo keep faith with Scott Carson or will he put Boaz Myhill between the sticks? Secondly will Jonas Olsson start and thirdly will Roman Bednar make way for new recruit Peter Odemwingie?

Let’s just see what happens. Hopefully West Brom will be celebrating their first win of the season come 5pm on Saturday.

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