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Preview: West Brom XI vs Wolves – latest team and injury news, predicted lineup

Sam Allardyce will be looking to break his West Brom duck this lunchtime as his Baggies squad heads across the border for the first Black Country derby in nine years.

The 66-year-old is yet to win since taking over from Slaven Bilic in mid-December and the Midlands outfit embarrassingly crashed out of the FA Cup last weekend, losing to League One minnows Blackpool.

What is your prediction for West Brom vs Wolves?

Baggies win

Baggies win

Draw

Draw

Old Gold win

Old Gold win

Now they face a Wolves side who have won just once in their last six outings, including a 2-1 defeat to Everton in midweek.

Big Sam rotated his squad at Bloomfield Road, so what sort of side could we see selected at Molineux?

Here’s our predicted lineup along with the latest team and injury news…

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Well, Albion will still be without injured trio Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field, whilst arguable Player of the Season Conor Gallagher is serving a one-match suspension following after he picked up a fifth yellow card against Arsenal.

Allardyce is, however, able to welcome back Branislav Ivanovic, Kieran Gibbs and Kyle Bartley after the trio made it through the Blackpool defeat unscathed, though only the latter two will start in a back four alongside Semi Ajayi and Darnell Furlong, who all sit in front of Sam Johnstone.

Romaine Sawyers is set to return to the starting XI in the absence of the Chelsea loan star, he could partner skipper Jake Livermore in the engine room whilst Matheus Pereira, who was deployed as a false nine last weekend, reverts back to a natural no.10 role.

Both Kamil Grosicki and Filip Krovinovic were handed rare opportunities to impress in the FA Cup, though neither is likely to start here this afternoon.

Indeed, the Croatian, who is valued at €7m (£6m) is closing in on an exit from the club, according to the Telegraph’s John Percy.

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Instead, we may see Robert Snodgrass handed his Baggies debut after joining from West Ham a little over a week ago, whilst Grady Diangana is deployed on the other flank.

With a lack of a striker, Big Sam will surely turn to Callum Robinson to lead the line. Karlan Grant is out for at least five weeks with a broken foot and Charlie Austin has gone to QPR on loan.

In total, there could be six changes with David Button and Lee Peltier also dropping to the bench alongside the likes of Rekeem Harper, Kyle Edwards and Dara O’Shea.

AND in other news, West Brom can finally replace Nathan Ferguson with £65k-p/w “top player”…

Article title: Preview: West Brom XI vs Wolves – latest team and injury news, predicted lineup

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