West Brom currently lead the Championship on goal difference and have the chance to take a huge step towards promotion tonight.
The Baggies travel to fourth-placed Brentford knowing that a win at Griffin Park will put them 10 points clear of Fulham and 11 ahead of the Bees while also throwing down the gauntlet to Leeds ahead of their clash with the Cottagers tomorrow.
According to WhoScored, Nathan Ferguson is the only injury concern in Slaven Bilic’s squad ahead of the trip to London, although the defender is expected to join Crystal Palace at the end of the month when his Albion contract expires (as per Sky Sports) so would probably not feature even if fit.
While the manager has pledged to rotate his squad for upcoming games, he will likely go with as strong a line-up as possible against high-flying Brentford, especially having not played in nearly a week and with the subsequent three fixtures all against teams currently 12th or lower.
With that in mind, here is our predicted West Brom XI for tonight’s clash.
Bilic will likely want to have a settled defence against the Championship’s highest scorers so don’t expect much shuffling of the pack in that part of the pitch. Sam Johnstone will keep his place between the sticks while West Brom could go with the same back four of Kieran Gibbs, Ahmed Hegazi, Semi Ajayi and Darnell Furlong that started the goalless draw against Birmingham last week.
The defensive midfield duo of Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore is also likely to be unchanged, while leading scorer Hal Robson-Kanu should feel confident of keeping his role as the spearhead of the attack.
The one area where there could be changes is among the attacking midfield trio behind the Welsh striker. Callum Robinson has started every game since joining on loan from Sheffield United and could keep his place on the left, while Matheus Pereira should get the nod ahead of Filip Krovinovic in the number 10 role as he tried his hardest to make things happen in attack against the Blues, having had more shots than any of his Albion team-mates.
The one change that we’re predicting would see Grady Diangana come in for Matt Phillips on the right flank. It was a change for which some West Brom supporters called after the Birmingham draw, with the West Ham loanee coming off the bench to replace Phillips and subsequently had the Baggies’ only two shots on target. The 23-year-old is fit again after his hamstring injury earlier in the year and deserves to reclaim his place in the starting XI.
Despite Bilic’s recent comments about rotation, he will probably go for a large dollop of ‘more of the same’ for tonight’s clash against a promotion rival.
West Brom fans, what changes do you expect for the Brentford game? Let us know in the comments section below!
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