Bruce still searching for first win

Newcastle United Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce will be aiming to make it fourth time lucky in his quest for a first victory as West Brom (9/2 – To Be Promoted) boss when his side head to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night (19:45 KO) for Championship action.

The former Newcastle chief took charge at the Hawthorns on February 3rd, taking over from the sacked Valerien Ismael, but the ex-Manchester United defender has failed to taste victory from his three matches at the helm.

A 2-0 loss to Sheffield United in his managerial debut for the Baggies has been followed by a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers and another 2-0 defeat to Luton Town. These results have seen the club slip to 11th in the table and four points off the play-off positions.

West Brom’s failure to find the back of the net under Bruce is a big concern and they could find life tough on Tuesday night against seventh-placed Boro, who are three points ahead of West Brom and just a point off the top six.

Chris Wilder’s men have won their last six games at the Riverside, keeping four clean sheets and conceding just twice, and another win to nil for the hosts looks good value at 13/5.

Boro are 13/10 to win the contest with the draw 9/4 and the Baggies priced at 23/10.

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Elsewhere on Tuesday night, 20th-placed Hull City, who are 13 points clear of the relegation zone, play host to rock-bottom Barnsley, who appear destined to drop down to League One with the gap to safety standing at nine points.

Over at the Madejski Stadium, 21st-placed Reading take on 18th-placed Birmingham City (20:00 KO) in a relegation battle, while Bristol City and Coventry do battle at 19:45.

Also at 19:45, there is a huge clash at Deepdale as 12th-placed Preston, who are five points off the playoffs, play host to ninth-placed Nottingham Forest, who are just one victory off the top six.

Forest are on a three-game unbeaten run across all competitions, having dispatched FA Cup holders Leicester City during this run, while they have won three of their last five away league matches.

Steve Cooper’s side are 17/10 to come away with all three points, while the draw is priced at 11/5 and Preston are 7/4 to triumph.

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