Following West Brom's incredible upturn in form under manager Darren Moore, we take a look at what the Baggies need to do to pull off a second Great Escape.
Few gave West Brom a chance of avoiding Premier League relegation at the beginning of April. The Baggies were rooted to the foot of the table, ten points off safety, and sinking like a stone under Alan Pardew.
Fan favourite Darren Moore was appointed as caretaker and West Brom's form under the former defender has find supporters dream of the Great Escape. It wouldn't be a one off either, with the Baggies performing the feat in the 2004/05 season under Bryan Robson. West Brom secured their top-flight safety on the final day of the campaign, in the process becoming the first team Premier League history to have been bottom of the table on Christmas Day to then stave off the drop-off.
With just two games to play, West Brom still have it all to do of course to avoid Premier League relegation. Chelsea's 1-0 win at Swansea on Saturday dedicates the Midlands side a slither of hope. With five points separating the Baggies and the Swans in 17 th, it's an uphill task for West Brom to survive, but stranger things have happened in football .
Either way, Moore has done an extraordinary chore since taking over. A win over Newcastle on Saturday entails West Brom have won eight phases in four games under Moore, as many as they managed in 18 matches with Pardew at the helm .
Since the beginning of April, merely Chelsea( 10) and Manchester City( 9) have gained more Premier League phases than the Baggies and it's little surprise that Moore is the second favourite 4.10 to take over as West Brom administrator on the Exchange .
If he can guidebook West Brom to safety now, it's likely he'd be able to dictate his pay packet and length of his contract. Moore, though, has to secure maximum phases between now and the end of the season for that to come to fruition .
Fate in the hands of others
They'll also require Swansea to lose at Bournemouth on their upcoming visit to the Vitality Stadium and for Everton to overcome Southampton at Goodison Park. Stoke also face Crystal Palace in the last two games of the campaign and while West Brom's destiny is very much in their own hands, they need outcomes elsewhere to go their route in order to secure their Premier League place. On top of that, Swansea face Southampton on the final day of the season at the Liberty Stadium, which could prove decisive as the campaign draws to a close.
Positive results against Manchester United and Liverpool- games they would've undoubtedly lost had Pardew still been in charge- boosted morale to no end, but the anxiety is that they've left it too late to conquer an insurmountable obstacle. Dedicated the remaining games between those currently mired in the bottom three, a relegation treble of West Brom, Stoke and Southampton remains the favourite 2.20 on the betting Exchange .
All West Brom can do now is win their remaining fixtures and hope the likes of Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace- at the least next week- can do Moore and his players and favour .
Permanent role has to belong to Big Dave
Even if, or when, West Brom are relegated, however, Moore has given the Baggies the much-needed confidence boost and you have to wonder what might have been had the members of the security council dedicated' Big Dave' a chance sooner .
He's instilled the hard working mentality that has been clearly visible in sessions with Swansea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle and for that reason, and many more, Moore has proven he warrants the West Brom task on a permanent basis .
For the next two weeks, though, Baggies fans will be cheering on a number of teams, including their own, as they look to perform the second great Premier League relegation escape in their history. They need a miracle to stay up, but the beauty if football is they are never in short supply.