West Brom are back in action this lunchtime as they head to Chelsea in the Premier League, looking to move closer towards safety.
The Baggies are ten points adrift with only nine games left to play, and it doesn’t get any easier as they have to face an in-form Blues outfit who are trying to make the top four this season.
Last time out, Albion were defeated by Crystal Palace to put a massive dent in their survival hopes, although Sam Allardyce’s side should be buoyed by the fact that they drew 3-3 with their opponents earlier in the season – even if things are vastly different now.
What sort of Baggies XI could we see at Stamford Bridge? Here’s the line-up we’re predicting…
There could be as many as three changes from the side which tasted defeat to the Eagles, one of which is enforced.
Conor Gallagher isn’t available for selection as he’s on loan from Chelsea, meaning Big Sam has to alter the three-man engine room with which he has persisted recently.
It could mean that Robert Snodgrass is in line for a recall, which would allow Matheus Pereira to be deployed in his better central position. He could join loanees Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Okay Yokuslu in the middle.
Sam Johnstone didn’t feature for England despite earning his first senior call-up and he should remain between the sticks, but we’re expecting a return for Semi Ajayi in the back four.
The 27-year-old will likely partner Kyle Bartley, whilst Conor Townsend keeps his place over the departing Kieran Gibbs at left-back. That move does give Allardyce a dilemma, as Dara O’Shea hasn’t done anything wrong to warrant being dropped, so he could start on the right over Darnell Furlong.
The third and final change could see Grady Diangana earn his first start since early January. The 66-year-old trusted him to start his first four games in charge but has seemingly lost his place following injury.
He could take the place of Matty Phillips on the wing, with the Scot among Albion’s poorer performers this season, as Galatasaray loan star Mbaye Diagne continues up top.