Tony Mowbray believes it’ll help his side knowing the task in front of them heading into Sunday’s all-important game against Liverpool. With only two games of the season remaining there are a number of scenarios both clubs could face heading into kick-off (1.30pm) with the Baggies knowing anything but a point will see them relegated.
Liverpool themselves could well have nothing but pride to play for if Manchester United secure a point, and equal the Reds’ record of 18 league titles on Saturday afternoon, with the Baggies boss happy in the knowledge his men will know what’s needed against Rafa Benitez’s men.
"We've just got to go and try and be positive, and try and get a result, which is what we'll do," said the Baggies boss.
"We'll see what the weekend brings and how Saturday's results go.
"Sunday is potentially a very intriguing game, depending on what Manchester United do and what results happen on Saturday.
"We might have a scenario where neither side has anything to play for.
"We might have a scenario where both teams are desperate to get a victory.
"Let's wait and see.
"When we go into the game we'll all have a feel of what is required and that's a benefit ultimately because if a point is no good and you are 1-0 down with half-an-hour to go, it's no good keeping the same formation and trying to keep it a nice, tight game still.
"We'd need to do something different, so there's the benefit.
"It helps you in how you react to situations - when to go cavalier or how to play - because you know what is required.
"It's obviously a benefit."