West Brom will seek to take a step closer to Premier League promotion when they welcome Hull City to The Hawthorns this afternoon.
Slaven Bilic’s side ended a four-match winless streak in the league by thumping Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 at Hillsborough in midweek and they play host to the relegation-threatened Tigers, who themselves had an overdue win on Thursday against Middlesbrough.
The Baggies have a clean bill of health for today’s match, so any changes that Bilic makes to his line-up will be purely at his own discretion. He had hinted that Kamil Grosicki, who came off the bench to set up Matheus Pereira’s second goal against the Owls, could be in line for his first West Brom start, ironically against the club he left to join Albion in the winter.
Football Transfer Tavern’s predicted XI shows three changes to the West Brom side that won in Sheffield in midweek:
Sam Johnstone keeps his place in goal, while the full-back duo of Kieran Gibbs and Dara O’Shea could be retained. Ahmed Hegazi also remains in the starting line-up while Semi Ajayi, who was a late substitute at Hillsborough, could come back into the side at the expense of Kyle Bartley.
Jake Livermore was also benched in midweek but there is a strong chance that he will resume his defensive midfield partnership with Romaine Sawyers. Rekeem Harper would drop out as a result.
The composition of the attacking midfield sector could see some changes from the team that won at Sheffield Wednesday. Pereira is virtually sure of a place after his two goals in Yorkshire, while Filip Krovinovic might also be kept in the side. On the left, though, Grosicki may come in for an overdue start, in which case Grady Diangana would be the man to miss out. Callum Robinson is also in contention to feature on that flank.
Do you think Kamil Grosicki will start against Hull?
Charlie Austin got the ball rolling on Wednesday with his first half penalty and, with that being Albion’s first league goal in five games, he deserves another chance to start at centre-forward, although Hal Robson-Kanu will be itching to reclaim his place in the side after being benched against the Owls.
With no injuries to trouble him and a depth of attacking options in particular, Bilic’s team selection for today will seem an enviable one to managers whose choices are severely hampered.
West Brom fans, is this the starting XI that you want to see against Hull? What changes would you make to the side? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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