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West Brom’s predicted line up for Monday night clash with Stoke City

West Brom will aim to get back on track in less than 24 hours time after suffering a downturn in form over the festive period.

The Baggies have picked up just one victory in their last seven league outings and host Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Monday night.

Prediction?

Albion win

Albion win

Draw

Draw

Stoke win

Stoke win

Slaven Bilic’s side won 2-0 when the two teams met back in November, so what sort of side will the Croatian put out this time around?

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Albion could see a defensive shuffle having only kept a clean sheet in 19% of their Championship matches, the last of which coming back in early December at Preston North End. In fact, they are yet to hold out the opposition at home this season.

Therefore, two changes are made to Bilic’s leaky backline as Nathan Ferguson returns from injury to replace Conor Townsend at left-back while Kyle Bartley is dropped for Ahmed Hegazi.

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This move would be quite the harsh decision to make given how well the 28-year-old has performed this season, particularly in the eyes of some supporters, but some sort of consequence must happen over their defensive struggles.

The only other change is in attack as Grady Diangana comes back into the starting line up following his substitute appearance against Charlton last time out.

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He rejoins Matheus Pereira, who moves back into the number ten role, and Matty Phillips as the lethal trio are together once again – they have directly contributed to 37 goals between them this term.

While Kenneth Zohore continues to lead the line in attack after finding the net in back-to-back matches, meaning Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu have to settle for the bench.

And in other news, Slaven Bilic has confirmed his interest in a 19-goal forward who could boost Albion’s promotion hopes…

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