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West Brom will look to build on last week’s first win of the 2020/21 season when they return to Premier League action at lunchtime.
Slaven Bilic’s men welcome a former manager in Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace team to the Hawthorns for the 12 o’clock start.
Baggies fans, prediction for West Brom vs Crystal Palace?
The Baggies defeated Sheffield United to get out of the relegation zone more than seven days ago, but are now back in it after the results of last Sunday and yesterday.
Albion is dealing with various injuries and fitness issues, so the criticized Croatian has many decisions to make. Here is the XI we are predicting …
This afternoon there could be up to three changes.
Sam Johnstone is a shoo-in to stay between the sticks as the Baggies’ first-choice goalie, while Bilic will likely stick with the back three of Kyle Bartley, Branislav Ivanovic and Semi Ajayi.
However, he is forced to make at least one change to the left back after Conor Townsend was ruled out with injury for the rest of the month and with Kieran Gibbs fresh off dealing with a injury Both on his own account and the coronavirus, we were able to see young academy sensation Dara O’Shea take a place as his replacement.
Darnell Furlong should be fine to go the other side.
There is also a return for £ 10 million Captain Jake Livermore, who was another player who tried positive by the virus. He’s an integral part of Bilic’s squad and will surely be handed the reins over Romaine Sawyers despite the 29-year-old shrewdly replacing him.
Their colossal presence in the middle will allow Chelsea loaders Conor Gallagher and Matheus Pereira the freedom to move further up the field, where the Albion manager could make a surprising final change.
Callum Robinson maintains his spot as West Brom’s top scorer, but we could see summer signing Karlan Grant fall to the bench after a series of disappointing performances.
The 23-year-old, signed from Huddersfield Town for a total of £ 16 million, has scored just once in six appearances and has recorded fewer than 6.15 in four of those matches, according to Who scored.
Hal Robson-Kanu might be the man to start.
It means that Grady Diangana will have to settle once again for a seat on the bench, alongside players like Rekeem Harper, Kyle Edwards, Kamil Grosicki and Cedric Kipre.
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