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Preview: West Brom vs Boro – latest team & injury news, predicted XI

Steve Bruce’s West Bromwich Albion side head into Tuesday’s Championship clash against Middlesbrough in a disastrous run of form, with the Baggies having won just one of their last ten outings in the second tier of English football.

The latest defeat in this catastrophic series of results came on Saturday, when Albion continued their five-game sequence of failing to find the back of the net, with Luton Town running out 2-0 winners over the 61-year-old’s lacklustre outfit.

As such, with a much more challenging trip – on paper, at least – to Chris Wilder’s seventh-placed Boro coming up this evening for West Brom, Bruce will know he has to get his team selection absolutely spot on if his side are to have any chance of leaving the Riverside Stadium with all three points.

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So, how many alterations will the 61-year-old make to the side that started the loss against the Hatters last time out? Here’s how we think the Baggies could line up against Middlesbrough, along with the latest team and injury news…

With Dara O’Shea appearing ready for a return to the starting lineup – with the defender having not started a game for West Brom since August – while Jake Livermore remains unavailable for selection due to suspension, we predict that Bruce will make three changes to the team that lined up at Kenilworth Road last weekend.

The first of these changes comes in the back five, with the £16.5k-per-week Semi Ajayi – who Adrian Goldberg once dubbed “dreadful” – dropping out of the XI after an extremely poor showing against the Hatters, while the aforementioned O’Shea returns to the starting lineup.

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In midfield, the “fearless” – in the words of Valerien Ismael – Taylor Gardner-Hickman is handed his first start under Bruce, with Jayson Molumby making way for the 20-year-old, while Callum Robinson takes the place of Adam Reach in the number 10 role.

Up top, both Andy Carroll and Karlan Grant retain their place in the front two, meaning Grady Diangana once again has to make do with a spot on the Albion bench.

In other news: Major boost: Maher drops teasing WBA injury update ahead of Boro, fans will be buzzing

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