Michael Beale has earned huge praise for his exploits with the west London club, leading them to fourth in the table. This has led to links with the likes of Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have both sought new managers over the past month.
The Spaniard will still be unsure of what his best side is, having only recently arrived at The Hawthorns, but with a new manager comes a fresh slate for the players who have largely watched on amid the Baggies’ slump to 23rd in the table.
However, the back four should remain untouched after picking up a clean sheet against the Tangerines, who boast the league’s joint-top scorer in Jerry Yates.
Alex Palmer remains between the sticks, whilst Kyle Bartley will be hoping to maintain his successful return to the side alongside Dara O’Shea at the heart of defence. Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong will occupy the full-back spots.
Their match-winner from midweek will definitely retain his place, as Okay Yokuslu’s steely resolve in midfield should nicely complement Tom Rogic, who comes in for Taylor Gardner-Hickman. The Australian could provide a touch of class beside the commandeering Turkish destroyer.
Just in front of them is John Swift, who still retains the highest SofaScore rating of any West Brom player this season. He will be flanked by Matt Phillips, while Grady Diangana could be recalled in place of Jed Wallace.
The “magic” winger, as he was dubbed by journalist Graeme Brown, now has a chance to shine after the former Millwall man’s disappointing display against the Tangerines, when he posted the lowest Sofascore rating of any Albion starter with just 6.4.
They will all supplement the final change to the line-up, as Brandon Thomas-Asante should replace Karlan Grant, who suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday night and will be out of today’s match.
Predicted West Brom XI (4-2-3-1): Palmer; Furlong, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Yokuslu, Rogic; Diangana, Swift, Phillips; Thomas-Asante.