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West Brom’s predicted starting XI for their trip to Middlesbrough

West Brom will be looking to extend their stay at the top of the Championship table with a win over Middlesbrough later this afternoon.

England’s top two flights had to endure a short hiatus from domestic action as international duty took centre stage, but it’s back as we begin to edge closer to the festive period.

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Last time out, the Baggies defeated Cardiff City 4-2 to respond to their first and only defeat of the season, which was dealt by Leeds United just days earlier.

Both Romaine Sawyers and Charlie Austin notched their first goals in the blue and white stripes, so all round, it was a fantastic afternoon at the Hawthorns.

Slaven Bilic now faces a tough decision with team selection ahead of today’s match, but what changes will he make, if any?

We predict that the Croatian will make just one alteration as Ahmed Hegazi comes into the starting line up for the first time this season.

The Egyptian has been out of action following off-season surgery, but on Monday afternoon, he made his long-awaited comeback on the international stage as Egypt defeated Botswana 1-0 in a friendly.

Hegazi played the entire duration of the game, so he could well be fit enough to play this afternoon, especially after featuring for the U23 squad in recent weeks too. He could come in for the so-far ever-present Kyle Bartley.

Bilic has also received another major boost as Grady Diangana has been confirmed as available after being withdrawn through injury against Cardiff.

The West Ham loanee is the Baggies’ joint-top goalscorer with four to his name this campaign.

However, the Croatian will definitely be without both Kieran Gibbs and Kenneth Zohore as the pair have picked up injuries during training over the last two weeks.

That means Nathan Ferguson will continue at left-back with Charlie Austin likely to remain as the sole striker.

The rest of the Albion side will probably stay very much the same as the one that defeated the Bluebirds.

Is Slaven Bilic right to offer Hal Robson-Kanu a new deal?

Yes, for sure!

Yes, for sure!

No! What is he playing at?

No! What is he playing at?

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