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Slaven Bilic aiming to mind the gap as West Brom face ‘derby’ against Brentford

Big weekend: Baggies boss Bilic PICTURE: REX

SLAVEN BILIC says West Brom’s game at Brentford tonight is a ‘derby’ in the context of the Championship promotion race.

Leaders Albion travel to the fourth-placed Bees bidding to move ten points clear of the play-off places and take a major step closer to a Premier League return.

The clash at Griffin Park comes less than 24 hours before second-placed Leeds host third-placed Fulham at Elland Road.

And Baggies boss Bilic, who has no fresh selection concerns, expects a stern test in west London and acknowledges it could be a pivotal weekend at the top end of the table.

Asked about the importance of the fixture, the Croatian said: ‘It is a bit extra, of course.

‘But then again it’s a normal game and we are approaching it in a good state of mind, we are approaching it in a good position.

‘It is only one of those eight games (remaining) but it is a derby game. We have two big games (this weekend) — not we, but the Championship. Considering our situation and position, there are two extremely important games and that is our game against Brentford and then Leeds’ game against Fulham.

‘Of course, we are concentrating totally on our game — it’s going to be a big test for us, for them, and it’s crucial for us to get the result there.’