West Brom’s bid for Premier League promotion has been rocked since the Championship resumed a couple of weeks ago and they will seek to get back to winning ways tonight against Sheffield Wednesday.
Slaven Bilic’s team have returned to action with a home draw against Birmingham and a defeat at Brentford, while they are winless and goalless in their last four league matches either side of lockdown (as per TransferMarkt).
Tonight they travel to a mid-table Sheffield Wednesday side who are effectively clear of any relegation trouble and harbour only faint hopes of a late charge for a play-off place (as per Sky Sports).
Bilic claimed ahead of the match that “nobody is really injured” for the trip to Hillsborough, although WhoScored have maintained that Grady Diangana will be unavailable due to a hamstring problem. The fitness of the on-loan youngster should become clearer throughout the day.
Football Transfer Tavern has had a go at predicting the Baggies’ starting line-up for tonight, which shows three changes from the team that started the 1-0 defeat to Brentford last Friday:
Bilic has hinted at changes to his team ahead of a frenetic run-in of seven matches in just 21 days, although his defensive unit will likely have a familiar look to it at Hillsborough. Sam Johnstone is sure to continue in goal, while the West Brom boss might also keep the back four of Kieran Gibbs, Semi Ajayi, Ahmed Hegazi and Darnell Furlong which started at Griffin Park. If he decides to switch it up, the likes of Kyle Bartley and Dara O’Shea could be given a start.
The Baggies boss will probably also keep the defensive midfield partnership of Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers intact, but there seems plenty of potential for changes ahead of that duo. If Diangana isn’t fit to feature tonight, his place on the left will probably go to Callum Robinson, who came on for him for the final few minutes on Friday.
Matheus Pereira should start again but could be shifted to the right flank instead of Matt Phillips, who was hauled off at half-time at Brentford following an ineffective 45 minutes. The vacancy at number 10 could then be filled by Filip Krovinovic, who came on for Phillips that night.
West Brom’s goal drought could also see Bilic drop the axe on Hal Robson-Kanu as the lone striker. The Welshman failed to record a single shot at Brentford and was subbed off for Kenneth Zohore at the interval. The Danish striker at least had three shots in anger and might have done enough to forge his way into the starting line-up, with Albion needing to arrest their barren spell in front of goal. Charlie Austin is another option in attack.
Who should start up top for West Brom against Sheffield Wednesday?
It may seem a bold call for Robson-Kanu, as West Brom’s leading scorer, to be dropped. However, Bilic might feel that a change of tack up top is required given the team’s struggles to find the net in recent games.
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