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West Brom’s predicted XI against Hull City in the Championship

West Bromwich Albion go into this afternoon’s fixture with Hull City buoyed by confidence having come away on Monday night with the three points and a return to the Championship’s summit.

Slaven Bilic’s men defeated Stoke City 2-0 up in Staffordshire thanks to goals from Matt Phillips – his sixth of the season – and super-sub Hal Robson-Kanu.

Who starts vs Hull City?

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Hal Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu

Kenneth Zohore

Kenneth Zohore

They now hold a two-point cushion over a trio of clubs in the chasing pack, including Leeds United and Swansea City.

But with the Baggies only recording one defeat all season, will the Croatian opt for any changes?

We predict it will be just the one switch as Bilic goes bold in attack by dropping Charlie Austin.

The 30-year-old has struggled to get properly off the mark this campaign, scoring just the one goal in ten starts.

He could well hand a deserved opportunity to Robson-Kanu, who has bagged three goals in four matches from the bench, including a late winner against Middlesborough not too long ago.

But instead, he will go for Kenneth Zohore as the Welsh striker is a by far better option late in the game. The £8m summer signing returned to action last week and netted a brace for the U23 squad, so he’s fit and raring to go.

Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers both need to be careful this month as they are just one booking away from picking up a one-game suspension.

In front of them, Matheus Pereira was quite underwhelming last time out, but that was through no fault of his own as he pretty much had a target on his head.

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While Conor Townsend continues to deputise in the absence of the suspended Nathan Ferguson, also keeping Kieran Gibbs out of the side, who wasn’t even in the matchday squad on Monday night.

Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi have played every game together this season, meaning Ahmed Hegazi will have remain patient for his major competitive return.

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