After falling to a crushing 1-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers in their latest Championship match due to an 87th-minute winner from former Baggies striker Charlie Austin, West Brom are back in action this afternoon with a home clash against Peterborough United.
With Ismael revealing in his recent press conference that Kean Bryan and Robert Snodgrass will be unavailable for the match, while Sam Johnstone and Alex Mowatt will reportedly be back next week, here’s how we feel West Brom will line up for today’s clash against Posh. We anticipate four changes from the team which started in the midweek defeat in west London.
In goal, with no Johnstone, it seems likely that David Button will keep his place in the team on this occasion for another attempt at keeping a clean sheet.
In a back three, with Cedric Kipre and Kyle Bartley set to return, we can see both of them starting alongside Matt Clarke. Darnell Furlong and Adam Reach, who is currently picking up £23k-per-week according to Salary Sport, drop out as a result.
For the wing-back positions, we think Conor Townsend will start on the left, moving from the centre of defence, with Taylor Gardner-Hickman on the right.
In midfield between those two, with no Alex Mowatt, it seems likely that Ismael will stick with club captain Jake Livermore alongside Jayson Molumby.
For the front three, Karlan Grant put in a good shift against QPR, so we think he’ll keep his place in the team on the left, while Grady Diangana comes in on the right to replace Callum Robinson.
Finally, Ismael could give Daryl Dike, who has previously been described as a “special” player by his former Orlando City teammate Nani, his first start in a West Brom shirt after the 21-year-old joined the club earlier this month and played 31 minutes against QPR off the substitutes’ bench. Matt Phillips is the man to drop out for the American.
Whether or not Ismael goes with the starting XI that we have suggested, this is still a great chance for the Baggies to claim three points and climb a step closer to the automatic promotion places, given Peterborough’s struggles in the league this season.