West Brom take a break from their Premier League plight today as the FA Cup resumes.
The Baggies face a trip north to face League One outfit Blackpool at Bloomfield Road and they head into this afternoon’s encounter in dire form having been trounced in three of their four games under Sam Allardyce.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 66-year-old call on rotation to take a look at some of the fringe members of the squad he inherited.
Last time out, Albion were thrashed 4-0 by Arsenal in snowy conditions whilst the Seasiders have beaten two lower league opposition teams to get to the third round proper.
So, here’s the West Brom XI we’re predicting for this encounter…
Big Sam is dealing with considerable injury problems, though he will be buoyed by the return of skipper Jake Livermore from suspension and Sam Field, who returned to training this week.
We expect both to come straight in, featuring over Conor Gallagher and Romaine Sawyers, who are rested. It would be the 22-year-old gem’s first start for West Brom since September.
Conor Townsend is still on the sidelines, though Kyle Bartley came on for Branislav Ivanovic against the Gunners, so he could keep his place with rarely-seen centre-back Cedric Kipre getting a runout having played in just two Carabao Cup games.
Kieran Gibbs could come back in at left-back, whilst Darnell Furlong is likely to remain on the right as the club’s only senior option.
The Baggies confirmed the signing of Robert Snodgrass on Friday afternoon and he could feature, but we expect him to be named on the bench rather than from the off, which means young winger Kyle Edwards makes a welcome return to the senior fold.
He’ll partner Grady Diangana on the other flank with Matheus Pereira deployed through the middle. It means Matty Phillips is axed from the lineup.