West Brom v Leeds United: Pablo Hernandez advising Whites to stick to game-plan ahead of Baggies battle

Pablo Hernandez celebrates his goal during last weekend's 2-1 win at Wigan Athletic.
Pablo Hernandez celebrates his goal during last weekend's 2-1 win at Wigan Athletic.
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PABLO HERNANDEZ expects tonight's hosts West Brom to be challenging for a place in the Premier League come May but says Leeds United should stick to their normal game-plan in the eagerly-awaited showdown at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies are back in the second tier for the first time since finishing second in 2009-10 with tonight's hosts the only team in the division to have scored more goals than Leeds.

Championship leaders United sit six places and five points ahead of Darren Moore's men who are one point outside of the play-offs in seventh and Hernandez fully expects the Midlands outfit to be a chief contender for promotion in May.

But United's creative Spaniard believes Marcelo Bielsa's men should stick to their same free-flowing and high-press passing football whatever the opposition ahead of tonight's 5.30pm kick-off at The Hawthorns.

Asked if he expected the Baggies to be challenging for first place come the end of the season, Hernandez said: "Of course West Brom are a good team.

"They have kept a lot of players from the Premier League from the last year.

"It's a big team and I am sure that at the end of the season they will fight to go to the Premier League again.

"But we need to think like it's another important game, all the games for us are important, in all of the games you can win three points and what's more important for us is to keep in the same way, to try to play our way.

"We can change the system, we can play against a big team and against a team with less points in the table but we try always to play in the same way."