If reports are to be believed, Slaven Bilic is facing a job-defining game later this afternoon as his West Brom side head north to face Newcastle United in the Premier League.
According to the Telegraph’s John Percy, another capitulation or embarrassment at the hands of the Magpies at St James’ Park and it could be curtains for the Croatian.
The ten men of Albion were thrashed 5-1 by Crystal Palace on Sunday and things aren’t going to be much better with Matheus Pereira confirmed as suspended for the next three games, so what sort of Baggies side will we see today?
Here’s what we are predicting…
There could be as many as three changes as well as a fresh system.
In terms of replacements for the influential Brazilian playmaker, we may see skipper Jake Livermore return, meaning Conor Gallagher can be pushed further forward with Romaine Sawyers also keeping his place.
One of the players to make way in defence is veteran Branislav Ivanovic after he dropped a stinker against the Eagles, instead, Kieran Gibbs returns to form a back four.
It also means that Matty Phillips drops to the bench as his position as fill-in left wing-back is effectively void.
Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley and Darnell Furlong make up the backline, heralding regular first-choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Bilic could stick with Karlan Grant upfront, but there is a return for the £9m-rated Callum Robinson, who is deployed on the other wing to Grady Diangana after being snubbed last time out.
The £18m summer signing was hooked off at half-time against Palace, but should keep his place with Pereira out suspended.
It means the likes of Dara O’Shea, Kyle Edwards, Kamil Grosicki and Hal Robson-Kanu are all restricted to the bench.
AND in other news, Albion should cash in on “exciting” £30k-p/w outcast…