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Slaven Bilic is predicted to make three changes to West Brom’s starting line-up for their Championship clash against Charlton at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

Nathan Ferguson, Kyle Edwards and Charlie Austin could all be dropped from the side that lined up for the 2-2 draw with Barnsley on Tuesday while Conor Townsend, Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu are all likely to start.

Ferguson has made the left-back spot his own lately but a poor opening 45 minutes against the Tykes led to Bilic swapping him for Townsend at half-time.

The former Scunthorpe ace then did an impressive job of getting West Brom back into the game and there is a good chance his strong performance will be rewarded with a spot in the starting line-up this weekend.

Bilic has also confirmed, via the Express & Star, that Phillips is expected to return from injury in time to play against the Addicks, so he could line up on the right-wing at the expense of Edwards.

Sam Johnstone is expected to start in goals behind a back-four of Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley and Townsend.

Although Ahmed Hegazi has now returned to West Brom’s matchday squad following his surgery in the summer, Bilic could keep his faith in Bartley and Ajayi as those two have helped Albion get off to a strong start to the campaign.

Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers are predicted to start in the central midfield roles with Phillips, Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana lining up ahead of them in the three attacking roles.

Robson-Kanu might make his second league start of the season after Austin struggled to perform against Barnsley on Tuesday.

Bilic has regularly rotated Austin out of the starting line-up for midweek fixtures this season but failed to do so on this occasion, with the ex-Southampton striker starting two matches in the space of three days against Middlesbrough and the Tykes.

There’s every chance that Robson-Kanu will start over Austin, especially while Kenneth Zohore is injured.

In other West Brom news, Albion legend Tony Brown has been blown away by these two players that Bilic signed in the summer.

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