While Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion side are currently sitting pretty in second place in the Championship, in addition to boasting an unbeaten record in the league, the Baggies have been far from convincing in their last four fixtures.
Indeed, having registered a 1-1 draw with Millwall, a 0-0 stalemate against Derby County, a 1-1 draw with Preston North End and narrowly securing a 2-1 win over QPR in recent weeks, it would appear clear that the Frenchman could do with refreshing his attacking lineup against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
So, will Ismael make any changes to the team that started last time out against QPR? Here’s how we think West Brom could line up against the Bluebirds, along with the latest team and injury news…
As previously mentioned, with Albion having struggled to break their opponents down in recent weeks, we predict that Ismael will make three changes to the side that lined up against QPR last Friday.
There is a slight shift at the back, with 24-year-old Kean Bryan – who made his first West Brom appearance as a second-half substitute last week – coming in on the left-hand side of the Baggies’ back three, which subsequently frees Conor Townsend up to move back to left wing-back, taking the place of Adam Reach.
Elsewhere, Alex Mowatt and Jake Livermore retain their places in the middle of the pitch, while Darnell Furlong starts at right wing-back.
However, there is much more movement in Albion’s attacking lineup, with Robert Snodgrass coming in for Karlan Grant on the left-wing, while £19k-per-week Matt Phillips drops to the bench in place of Callum Robinson – who highly impressed from the bench against QPR.
Meanwhile, despite Ismael revealing that all three of Matt Clarke, Matt Clarke, Kenneth Zohore and Rayhaan Tulloch have returned to full training following their respective injuries, none make the starting XI against the Bluebirds.