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West Brom’s predicted XI vs Reading in the Championship

West Brom have a huge opportunity to go six points clear at the top of the Championship table later this evening, should results elsewhere go their way.

The Baggies head to Reading where a victory would see them move further clear of title rivals Leeds United after they drew to Brentford last night.

Prediction for tonight?

Reading win

Reading win



Baggies win

Baggies win

Slaven Bilic’s side is trending back in the right direction, too, after recording back-to-back victories and successive clean sheets following a run of seven league games without the glorious taste of three points.

So will the Croatian chief alter his starting XI at all? Here’s what we predict…

west brom predicted xi vs reading

We expect there to be two changes as Albion look to build further momentum towards their promotion push.

The back four and goalkeeper remain exactly the same, meaning there’s no place for Kieran Gibbs just yet after he featured for the U23s earlier this week, so Connor Townsend and youngster Dara O’Shea are the full-backs either side of Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi in the middle.

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Sam Johnstone keeps his place between the sticks too.

There’s one change in the heart of the pitch as Romaine Sawyers is gifted a rest ahead of this weekend’s game so in comes 19-year-old Rekeem Harper to deputise for his first league start of the season. He will partner skipper Jake Livermore.

Filip Krovinovic continues to operate at the peak of the three-man midfield in the number ten role with Blades loanee Callum Robinson and Matheus Pereira also starting on the wings once again.

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However, there’s a tweak in attack as Charlie Austin wins the battle of the 30-year-olds over Hal Robson-Kanu.

Kamil Grosicki, despite providing the assist for the winner on Sunday, has to settle for the bench once again.

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