Kevin Phillips is adamant West Brom will target Leeds United from set pieces tomorrow when the two newly-promoted sides meet at The Hawthorns.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Baggies striker said Marcelo Bielsa’s side have “not been good enough” at defending dead-ball scenarios this season, a weakness that Sam Allardyce will look to exploit on Tuesday night.
Leeds have conceded nine goals from set pieces this season, more than any other side in the Premier League. (Sky Sports Statto)
However, they did manage to keep a clean sheet against a very physical Burnley side on Sunday despite Liam Cooper, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Gaetano Berardi missing out through injury.
Sam Allardyce grabbed his first points as Baggies boss yesterday, a late Semi Ajayi header, notably from a set play, earned West Brom a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected Allardyce to target Leeds’ apparent weakness, Phillips said: “Leeds have not been good enough from set pieces this season.
“Bielsa and his staff will be working on it because West Brom will definitely target Leeds on set pieces.
“Sam is big on his set plays, both defensive and offensively so it is an area that West Brom will try to target.
“I know what he will be saying to his players before the game – be clever with your fouls, go down when you can. As much as we don’t want it to happen, it will happen.
“Then they will try to punish Leeds in that area.
“There are not many teams that have really battered Leeds this season but in the set play department they have struggled. They look vulnerable.
“You would imagine they will have worked on that.”