West Brom may have won 3-0 at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night but that does not mean Slaven Bilic won’t make changes to his side for the clash against Hull on Sunday.
Albion welcome Hull to The Hawthorns this weekend with the knowledge that the Tigers have won just one Championship game since New Years Day after beating Middlesbrough on Thursday.
It is by no means a given that the Baggies will win but that comprehensive victory over the Owls on Wednesday will be a massive boost to the players’ confidence.
Despite winning that game, we are predicting that Bilic will make four changes to his starting line-up.
Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Jake Livermore and Callum Robinson are all expected to return to the side after failing to start versus Sheffield Wednesday,
We predict that those four players will come in to replace Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley, Rekeem Harper and loan star Grady Diangana.
Sam Johnstone is predicted to start in goals behind a back-four of Furlong, Ahmed Hegazi, Ajayi and Kieran Gibbs.
Bilic picked O’Shea and Bartley to start against the Owls to combat their threat from set-pieces, which worked brilliantly. However, Hull are a side that do not pose many threats and naming a more familiar, attack-minded back-four is the way forward.
Livermore missed the win over Garry Monk’s side with a small injury issue but could return to the side this weekend in a midfield three with Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinovic.
In the attack, we expect Matheus Pereira and Charlie Austin to retain their starting spots after scoring on Wednesday night but Robinson is likely to come in and replace Diangana.
Robinson had a huge impact when he came off the bench at Hillsborough and Diangana is yet to rediscover his form since the restart.
In other West Brom news, Alan McInally hailed this “brilliant” Albion player on Wednesday night.