After battling back to earn a point at Pride Park last Saturday against Derby County, we entertain Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns in our final game of the opening month, searching for our first home win of the season.
The Baggies remain unbeaten so far, winning two and drawing three from our opening five games and will be searching to go the whole month of August without losing a game which would be a massive boost for the confidence in the squad.
It will be another tough test for us though as Blackburn Rovers, managed by former Albion boss Tony Mowbray drew 0-0 with promotion candidates Cardiff City in their last league game.
Regardless, Slaven Bilic’s men simply have to win these types of games to stand any chance of getting promotion and this is seen as a must win also to end the run of two league games without a victory.
Here’s how we predict West Brom will line up on Saturday afternoon:
GK: Sam Johnstone
Man of the Match performance last Saturday. Almost guaranteed to start between the sticks again.
RB: Darnell Furlong
Furlong came on for the injured Gibbs last Saturday and was unlucky not to score in the first half with his header hitting the side netting from a corner. I’d like to see him given a start after Nathan Ferguson’s poor performance.
CB: Semi Ajayi
Another sound performance last Saturday showing what a steal it was to get him for £1.5 million. I expect him to start.
CB: Kyle Bartley
Another one with a solid performance last Saturday and has been flourishing under Slaven Bilic. Expect him to start again.
LB: Conor Townsend
With Gibbs out, Townsend would be the ideal replacement if he is passed fit.
Although with Bilic labelling Townsend as a doubt on Friday, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Furlong move to the left and Nathan Ferguson come in on the right.
CM: Jake Livermore
Another one improving under new boss Bilic and was unlucky not to score last week. Should start.
CM: Romaine Sawyers
Made up for his uncharacteristic performance against Reading with a much more composed one against Derby. I expect him to be in the midfield once more.
CM: Filip Krovinovic
Not one of his best performances last Saturday. Should be given the chance to make up for it though.
LW: Grady Diangana
Was effective after being brought on in the second half last week, setting up chances and was denied by Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos. Deserves to start.
RW: Matheus Pereira
Changed the game coming on for the final 20 minutes last week by winning the penalty and nearly scoring the winner. Would like to see him start.
ST: Kenneth Zohore
Two goals in two games will surely get his confidence up and he impressed me last week on his own up front. I would like to see him lead the line again.
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