West Brom return to The Hawthorns as they look to build on last weekend’s victory when they host Southampton in the Premier League this evening.
The Baggies put five past Chelsea last time out and will need to be in that rich vein of goalscoring form tonight if they are to stand a chance of remaining in the big time
Despite the emphatic victory, Albion have slipped to 11 points adrift of safety and with only six games left to play, survival looks unlikely.
So, what sort of starting lineup could we see from Sam Allardyce here? This is the XI we’re predicting…
There could be just two changes from the side that beat the Blues, with Allardyce able to welcome back one key player.
That being Conor Gallagher, who was not available to face his parent club – given his exploits this term, the 21-year-old gem should walk back into the side, potentially at the expense of that extra defender.
Dara O’Shea lasted just 24 minutes before picking up an injury, so he’s likely to make way and similarly his replacement Branislav Ivanovic is also likely to be on the treatment table.
It means there will be a back four in front of Sam Johnstone, all unchanged from Conor Townsend at left-back to Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi in the middle, with Darnell Furlong on the right.
Celta Vigo powerhouse Okay Yokuslu will take up an anchorman role as Gallagher returns alongside fellow loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the engine room, which means Matheus Pereira goes back to a wing position.
After coming off the bench for an hour, Callum Robinson is surely in line for a start. He bagged another brace against Chelsea, so he could replace Matty Phillips on the other flank.
It’ll be a big call to make considering the Baggies boss has preferred the Scotsman lately, starting five straight matches but the Irishman’s statement at Stamford Bridge is hard to ignore.
Mbaye Diagne should continue up top as Big Sam’s sole target man.
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