Bournemouth will strengthen their hold of second position in the Championship standings if they can defeat West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday evening.
While the Cherries are six points clear of third spot with three matches in hand, the Baggies are down in 12th spot and on the brink of dropping out of the playoff race.
Since the turn of the year, there has been the perception that Bournemouth have sometimes under-performed and not produced the results which go hand-in-hand with promotion contenders.
However, 23 points have been accumulated from 12 matches, 10 of which have come from their last four fixtures at a time when the teams below them have been inconsistent.
The Cherries could not claim to be at their best against Bristol City on Saturday, but coming from behind to win 3-2 ensured that Bournemouth remained clear of Huddersfield Town and Luton Town.
While Scott Parker will insist that there is plenty of work ahead, still having nine matches remaining provides Bournemouth will plenty of leeway when it comes to achieving their target.
Leading marksman Dominic Solanke has scored in his last four appearances, taking his tally to 24 strikes for the season.
West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce on February 28, 2022© Reuters
At one stage, West Brom looked like rivaling Bournemouth for a top-two position, and that highlights the Baggies’ fall from grace since the turn of the year.
Just 13 points have come from 15 matches during that period, and their latest defeat at Birmingham City has realistically ended any lingering hope of making the playoffs.
Although Steve Bruce will insist that the Baggies will do everything possible to reach the 75-point mark, the rebuilding job at The Hawthorns needs to start sooner rather than later.
On a positive note, West Brom have still only lost two of their 18 matches on familiar territory this campaign, while they also possess the best defensive record from those fixtures.
Their only home triumph from their last five outings came against leaders Fulham, something which will leave fans optimistic of a repeat performance against opponents of similar quality.