Valerien Ismael has seen his reign at West Bromwich Albion get off to a fantastic start, with the Frenchman’s Baggies side remaining unbeaten in the Championship despite two tricky fixtures.
Indeed, a 2-2 away draw against an impressive AFC Bournemouth side on the opening day of the season and a 3-2 win over an upwardly mobile Luton Town team have seen Albion pick up four points and score five goals over their opening games of the season.
Meanwhile, Slavisa Jokanovic, the new manager of Wednesday evening’s opponents, Sheffield United, has not been quite as fortunate, with the 53-year-old’s Blades side falling to a 1-0 defeat against Birmingham City in their season opener, as well as having to settle for a 0-0 draw against Swansea City last weekend.
However, United are a much better side than these results would suggest, with Ismael’s team undoubtedly having to be at their best if they are to leave The Hawthorns with all three points on Wednesday.
As such, the 45-year-old Baggies boss must ensure that he gets his team selection spot on, with the Frenchman facing a number of tough calls about who to include in his starting XI.
So, here’s how we think West Brom could line up against Sheffield United, along with the latest team and injury news…
While Robert Snodgrass is unlikely to feature for West Brom having played for the club’s U23 side on Monday evening in a bid to improve his match fitness, Ismael does not appear to have any fresh injury concerns ahead of the Sheffield United clash.
However, we are nevertheless predicting that the 45-year-old will make two changes from the side that defeated Luton Town at the weekend.
The first of which is at left wing-back, where, following a disappointing performance last time out, Conor Townsend drops to the bench, with the £2.52m-rated summer signing Adam Reach taking the 28-year-old’s place.
Secondly, Matt Phillips comes into the side in the place of Grady Diangana, who has so far failed to set the world alight on the right-wing, earning a distinctly average SofaScore match rating of 6.8 in both the Bournemouth and Luton fixtures.
Elsewhere, Dara O’Shea and Matt Clarke keep their places in the starting XI, with Semi Ajayi having to make do with a spot on the bench, while Callum Robinson starts in the number nine role against his former club.