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West Brom are focused on cashing in with promotion

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion will be determined to make the most of their second chance to win automatic promotion to the Premier League when they host QPR on Wednesday.

Slaven Bilic head coach / manager of West Bromwich Albion. (AMA)

The Baggies welcome Mark Warburton's side to The Hawthorns knowing a victory will see them return to English football's top tier.

It looked highly likely Slaven Bilic's side would have to make do with a place in the play-offs after they were beaten at Huddersfield on Friday.

But rivals Stoke did them a huge favour by toppling Brentford on Saturday – a result which put promotion back in Albion's hands.

The Baggies will go up if they better Brentford's result against Barnsley on Wednesday, in what is the final round of league matches in the Championship.

If they draw, though, and Thomas Frank's side win – it will be the Bees who clinch second spot and a place in the Premier League.

There is still an outside chance Fulham could go up automatically, but they need to beat Wigan and hope Albion lose and Brentford either draw or are beaten.

Both the Albion and Brentford games – which kick-off at 7.30pm – will be broadcast live by Sky, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Speaking after the Huddersfield loss, Bilic admitted his team failed to cope with the occasion and crumbled under the pressure in Yorkshire.

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And he told his players they now have to prove they have the character to go on and win promotion to the Premier League.

"Now is the time to show are we real men not nearly men in terms of this," he said.

"We have to react in the proper way."

Meanwhile, Albion target Bright Osayi-Samuel could be set to join Club Brugge after QPR accepted a £5million offer for the winger.

The Express & Star understands the 22-year-old is amongst Albion's targets if they do go on and win promotion to the Premier League.

But Osayi-Samuel could now be set to move to Belgium after Brugge swooped. Leicester and Brighton are amongst the clubs reportedly considering trying to hijack the deal.

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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