After an underwhelming 0-0 draw against Blackpool in midweek, West Brom are back in league action tonight with a showdown against Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns.
With club captain Jake Livermore still serving a three-game ban after picking up a red card in their defeat against Huddersfield Town, he will be unavailable to play against the Reds. The Baggies also have the likes of Dara O’Shea and Kean Bryan still sidelined with serious injuries.
Taking this into account, here’s how we feel Valerien Ismael could set up his team tonight, with three changes envisaged from the line-up which started at Bloomfield Road.
Considering that he’s played in almost every league game so far this season, we can see Sam Johnstone keeping his place in the team on this occasion to see if he can keep another clean sheet.
In a back three, we think Ismael will stick with Kyle Bartley and Matt Clarke this time around but take Cedric Kipre out of the firing line after a shaky performance in midweek, with Semi Ajayi making his return to action to try and prove himself to the Baggies boss.
In midfield, with Livermore suspended, we reckon Albion will go with Alex Mowatt and Jason Molumby as a pairing in the middle after the duo played the full 90 minutes together in midweek.
At wing-back, we expect Connor Townsend to keep his place on the left-hand side, but with Taylor Gardner-Hickman, who has impressed in recent weeks, coming in on the right ahead of Darnell Furlong.
In attack, we think Ismael will go with Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana again but bring Callum Robinson, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £18k-per-week according to Salary Sport, back in at the expense of Matt Phillips to see if the Irishman can regain the goalscoring form with which he started the season, having scored three goals in West Brom’s opening three league games of the campaign.
Whatever team Ismael goes with tonight, this clash against Forest will definitely be a tough test for the Baggies considering that tonight’s opponents have only lost one of their 12 previous league games.