West Brom will be looking to make it back-to-back victories on the road when they head to east London to face West Ham United this evening.
Sam Allardyce recorded his first win as Baggies boss on Saturday afternoon as Albion defeated arch-rivals Wolves 3-2 at Molineux, and now he heads to a former stomping ground with the aim of steering his side to safety in the Premier League.
But what sort of lineup could we see tonight? Will Big Sam stick or twist with a winning XI?
Here’s what we are predicting, along with the latest team and injury news…
There could be as many as three changes to the side that conquered the Old Gold at the weekend.
First-choice shot-stopper Sam Johnstone is likely to still be out after testing positive for the virus and while he’s now back in training, this game could be too early for an instant return, so David Button continues between the sticks.
The first alteration could be to the backline as Darnell Furlong comes in for Dara O’Shea at right-back.
He’s the natural option in the role. The young Irishman may have been deployed to counter the threat posed by Pedro Neto but the former QPR man offers more of an attacking option, having contributed to three goals this term.
He’ll join Kieran Gibbs, Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi in a traditional back four.
In midfield, Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher is available after serving a one-match suspension and we think he’ll come straight back in, meaning Romaine Sawyers faces the chop.
The arguable Player of the Season so far will surely partner skipper Jake Livermore with Saturday’s goalscoring hero Matheus Pereira continuing in the no.10 role.
Callum Robinson was deployed as a striker up at Molineux, but we may see him revert back to a natural left-wing position with Robert Snodgrass starting his second-ever Albion game.
It’ll be his first return to the Hammers since leaving them at the start of the month.
As the 25-year-old goes back to the flank, we could see Hal Robson-Kanu in the forward position to start his first match since September. The £30k-per-week ace had been out with a fractured arm until his 21-minute cameo on Saturday.
He’s surely in line to start tonight.
Allardyce will still be without Conor Townsend and Karlan Grant, who are more long-term absentees, whilst Grady Diangana and Matty Phillips have been ruled out too, as per BirminghamLive.