West Brom’s predicted starting XI against Luton Town

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West Brom have experienced every result possible in their opening three games of the season – a win, a draw and a loss – in that exact order, too.

Now they face Championship newcomers Luton Town away from home as Slaven Bilic looks to build on their unbeaten start in the league.

The Croatian rotated his squad on Tuesday night, giving a chance to their summer arrivals as well as some fringe and backup players, so that may have given an insight into how he will line up against Luton… here’s what we are predicting:

As many as nine changes were made on Tuesday night as Bilic gave a debut to £4m man Charlie Austin whilst flop Oliver Burke was given another chance to impress.

Fellow summer arrival Grady Diangana also started.

With that in mind, we expect Bilic to revert back to the side that drew to Millwall in the Championship on Saturday but with Austin keeping his place after a goal on Tuesday night.

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Kenneth Zohore has failed to impress in their two league matches so far, averaging a poor 6.28 rating, so that move seems the most likely one to make. It would be Austin’s Championship debut for the club, a league in which he’s netted 66 goals in 129 appearances.

It also means the regular midfield of Filip Krovinovic, Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore continue as a trio whilst Matt Phillps and the impressive Kyle Edwards, who already has a goal to his name, keep their places out wide despite healthy competition.

Sam Johnstone remains between the sticks – even despite fans calling for Jonathan Bond after his showing in midweek. In front of him should be their regular back four as only Semi Ajayi featured in the Carabao Cup defeat.

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