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West Brom team news, injury update & predicted XI vs Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion host Swansea City this afternoon, and Steve Bruce will be fairly confident that his side can claim what would be just their second victory of the season.

They are in desperate need of another win, as they are currently wallowing down in 21st place.

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First up in this West Brom transfer quiz, which club did the Baggies sign Alex Mowatt from?

Fortunately, the Swans are only two points ahead of them and in similarly disappointing form.

Whilst Bruce has a few small injuries to contend with, his squad should be strong enough to suitably trouble Russell Martin’s side. He might spring a few surprises because of this, however.

With that in mind, here’s the side we’re expecting for West Brom this afternoon…


Bruce’s side represents just two changes from the side that battled to that 1-1 draw with Norwich City last time out.

David Button again is unlikely to be displaced, however, his back four might be provoked into a tactical shift due to missing personnel.

Dara O’Shea will continue at the heart of the defence, but we expect the experienced Erik Pieters to slide into centre-back to cope with the absence of Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley.

The former suffered quite a serious injury that has resulted in surgery, whilst we think the latter might continue to be rested after a small hamstring injury.

In midfield, a recall for the “quality” 28-year-old stopper Okay Yoksulu will bench Jake Livermore, who will partner Jayson Molumby.

We also think the toothless Grady Diangana may be dropped, with the winger having only scored once this season. Matt Phillips should take his place, with the 24-year-old reduced to having to make his impact from the bench.

Who would you start up front today?

Brandon Thomas-Asante

Brandon Thomas-Asante

Karlan Grant

Karlan Grant

Jed Wallace will take up a position on the other flank, with John Swift hoping to provide the driving force and creativity to take his team to victory.

Bruce has something of a headache up front, with the in-form Brandon Thomas-Asante vying for a spot over the tried and tested Karlan Grant.

We expect the former to continue to start, as he looks to add to his two goals in his opening three Championship games.

Despite the injuries, Bruce has a side more than strong enough to compete fiercely for an all-important three points.

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