West Brom can make it four games unbeaten for the very first time this season but standing in their way is an Everton side back in form.
The Baggies host the Toffees at the Hawthorns this evening on the back of two draws and a much-needed victory last time out.
Sam Allardyce will be hoping to continue that rich vein of form as his side still remain nine points adrift of safety.
So, what sort of lineup could we see tonight? Here’s our predicted Albion starting XI for this encounter…
Given the run of form they find themselves in, it’s hard to imagine Big Sam making too many alterations to the line-up, so there could only be two changes from the side that dispatched the Seagulls.
One of which is likely to come in defence despite only conceding one goal in their last three outings, as regular centre-back option Semi Ajayi is available for selection following a one-game suspension.
He comes straight back in for Dara O’Shea despite the young Irishman deputising expertly in his absence.
The £13m-rated beast slots right in alongside central defensive partner Kyle Bartley and full-backs Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong, in front of Sam Johnstone between the sticks.
A midfield trio of Okay Yokuslu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Conor Gallagher should remain unscathed – the two young loanees are the perfect compliment to the Turkish powerhouse, who has massively contributed to their turnaround defensively.
While in the build-up to tonight’s kickoff, Allardyce revealed to the club’s official website that Robert Snodgrass would be available for selection following injury and he’s likely to come straight back in to help stop Everton’s impressive frontline.
It means 29-year-old attacker Matty Phillips is the likely candidate to make way on that left flank, with Matheus Pereira keeping his place on the other wing.
Whilst Mbaye Diagne has firmly cemented his name down as Big Sam’s no.1 choice in attack over Karlan Grant and Hal Robson-Kanu, who will both have to settle for a place on the bench alongside the recently returned Grady Diangana.
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