West Bromwich Albion ended their 2016 on a high with a 2-1 away victory at Southampton which saw them round out the year in 8th place in the Premier League. The first game of 2017 sees Albion host struggling Hull who start the year in the relegation zone three points off safety. Albion have won three of their last four home games while Hull have won just once on the road in nine attempts this season. That came all the way back in August after a 2-0 win against current bottom club Swansea City.
A win could see Albion rise up to 7th in the table and will see this as a must-win game. So how should West Bromwich Albion line up for their first game of 2017? Take a look through our predicted starting XI as Albion look to give the Hawthorns faithful a happy start to 2017. Let us know who you’d pick by tweeting us your squads.