West Bromwich Albion will be looking to return to winning ways and kick their promotion push back into gear when they travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening.
The Baggies were edged out by Brentford on Friday evening and saw their lead in the automatic promotion places cut to five points, which makes this game pivotal as Albion seek some stability.
The Baggies will have a boost in this game as opponents Sheffield Wednesday will lose five first-team players on June 30th when their contracts expire, which will, hopefully, give Slaven Bilic’s men the confidence to get a comfortable win/
There will still be an incentive for Wednesday though, who still haven’t given up hope of reaching the playoffs after they defeated Bristol City 2-1 over the weekend.
For team news, Baggies boss Bilic has confirmed no new injury cases in the squad, but changes are expected after a couple of disappointing performances since the restart of the season.
Here’s how we think WBA will line up:
GK: Sam Johnstone
Johnstone is expected to be in goal again after starting every league game this season.
RB: Dara O'Shea
O’Shea has been on the bench for the first two games back and hasn’t featured. He was a regular starter before lockdown in the right-back slot and I would like to see him fit back in to give Albion some more defensive cover.
CB: Semi Ajayi
Ajayi was again very solid against Brentford on Friday and I expect him to start again.
CB: Kyle Bartley
Hegazi wasn’t comfortable at all on Friday against Brentford and may be rested. I think this would be a smart choice, which would see Bartley come back into the starting frame alongside Ajayi to form what was a successful partnership for most of this season.
LB: Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs has fully completed both games so far which is a massive boost for his fitness. Should start again.
CM: Jake Livermore (C)
Livermore was sluggish against Brentford and seemed to be lacking match fitness. However, I can see Bilic giving the captain another chance to regain his form.
CM: Romaine Sawyers
Sawyers was far from his best against his former club on Friday and he needs to add some consistent performances to his game. Likewise, I can see the manager giving him another chance to redeem himself.
CAM: Filip Krovinovic
The Croat came on at the start of the second half and was the catalyst for a dominant early spell for Albion. Needs to start this game to add some sharpness in to the final third which has been lacking at the moment.
RW: Matheus Pereira
Pereira was the main man looking to unlock the Brentford defence, but nothing came off. I can see him starting again to try and get some good link-up play going with Krovinovic.
LW: Kamil Grosicki
The Polish winger was surprisingly left out for the first two games back. However, in a midweek game where the side is going to be rotated, I think Grosicki will be given the chance to impress and stake a claim in the starting eleven for the future.
ST: Charlie Austin
With Robson-Kanu putting two poor performances in and Zohore failing with his chance in the second half at Brentford, Austin needs to be given another opportunity to solve the Baggies’s dry patch in front of goal and Bilic might look to the striker as a key option.