A fairly quiet week on the sporting front so far. Yesterday the first of the two FA Cup replays between West ham and Liverpool took place (result not known at time of writing article) and tonight’s League One encounter between Peterborough, who welcome the Baggies to the AMAX, for the prize of facing Reading in the fifth round.
Given their Premier League status the Baggies are warm favourites to progress, however, from a League perspective neither team is in the best of form at present. Peterborough broke a winless run of three games at the weekend and had only won two of their last six prior to that, while the Baggies are winless in their last five in the league and are still only six points clear of the relegation zone.
The first fixture at the Hawthorns was a real barnstormer of a game where both teams were given the freedom to go out, play attacking football and go for the win. It was the Baggies who took advantage of this first and in all honesty should be in the fifth round after losing the lead twice in the match.
They lead for over an hour thanks to Berhahino's 14th minute opener, but could not put the final nail in the coffin and finish the Posh off who equalized just shy of the 80 minute mark. This is when the match really came to life. Berhahino scored his second minutes later, which should have meant game set and match to the Baggies, but before they knew it the Posh had equalized again that lead to a frantic and exciting end, which I’m sure the travelling Posh fans were enjoying far more than the Baggies home support.
In terms of tonight’s replay Posh look a massive price at home given West Broms recent struggles. Tony Pulis is sure to have one eye on Saturday’s away league fixture against Everton and with that in mind may not field a full strength side and if Berhahino does not start this will surely improve the Posh’s chances of progressing to the fifth round considerably.