West Brom will look to cause an upset to get in to round five of the FA Cup when they take on Premier League outfit West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams are out of form in the league as the Hammers are staring at relegation from the top flight, while Albion are looking over their shoulder at the chasing pack that could throw them out of the automatic promotion spots in the Championship.
As he did during the previous round – a 1-0 win over Charlton – Baggies boss Slaven Bilic is expected to make wholesale changes to his squad as he returns to West Ham for the first time since he was sacked as their manager.
Kieran Gibbs is likely to miss this game with a continued hamstring problem and so too is Grady Diangana after suffering a similar problem against Stoke. However, he wouldn’t have played in this game anyway as it is against his parent club. Rakeem Harper is also a doubt with an injury.
Here’s how we think West Brom could line up for this fourth round tie:
GK: Jonathan Bond
Played and kept a clean sheet last round during the 1-0 win over Charlton. Expected to keep his place for the cup games.
RB: Dara O'Shea
O’Shea has just signed a three-and-a-half-year contract which is fantastic news for the Baggies. The youngster is expected to come in at right-back after impressing in that position at Charlton last month.
CB: Semi Ajayi
Ajayi was dropped and didn’t come on during the defeat to Stoke. Bilic could possibly throw him in here to add some experience to his backline.
CB: Jack Fitzwater
Fitzwater was fantastic in the last round at Charlton and deserves another chance to try and push himself into the first team.
LB: Conor Townsend
Townsend has been a regular starter recently following the string of injuries in the full-back position and he should be in the line up yet again.
CM: Gareth Barry
The veteran midfielder was not part of the squad for the defeat to Stoke but the cup games are a perfect chance for him to get some minutes in the team.
CM: Chris Brunt (C)
Came on late for the Stoke defeat but couldn’t help Albion grab the equaliser. Should be given another start here after impressing last month against Charlton.
RM: Kyle Edwards
It was surprising to not see Edwards come on against Stoke following the injury to Diangana, so he should definitely be in the starting line up on Saturday. His injection of pace will be key to test the West Ham defence.
LM: Filip Krovinovic
Set to make his FA Cup debut after failing to feature in the last round at Charlton. Hopefully can put in an impressive performance to lift his confidence.
ST: Charlie Austin
Started in the last round at Charlton and clipped the post. Hasn’t had a lot of minutes recently in the league so the cup game could be just what he needs to fire him back into the starting line up.
ST: Kenneth Zohore
Bagged the winning goal to get Albion to the London Stadium and will most likely start again. Needs more minutes and more goals to convince Bilic to play him regularly in the league.