West Brom welcome Derby County to The Hawthorns on Wednesday night for one of their biggest games left to play this season.

Albion have won two on the bounce to keep themselves five points clear of third-placed Brentford by brushing aside Sheffield Wednesday and Hull, scoring seven goals in the process.

Derby are unbeaten in six Championship games and are knocking on the door of the play-off places ahead of their trip to the Black Country.

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The Rams are in good form and Slaven Bilic will be forced to make a couple of changes to his side before kick-off on Wednesday.

Ahmed Hegazi was sent off in the win over Hull while Kieran Gibbs was substituted off in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Neither of those players will be able to play versus Derby while we also predict that Jake Livermore will return to the side in place of midfielder Rekeem Harper after the captain missed the last two games with a knock.

Sam Johnstone is predicted to start in goals behind a familiar-looking back-four of Dara O’Shea, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend.

Livermore could be joined by Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinovic in the midfield now that he is likely to be up to full speed again.

Matheus Pereira has been directly involved in five goals in West Brom’s last two matches. We expect him to start on the right-wing with Kamil Grosicki on the left after he got on the scoresheet on his full debut against Hull.

Callum Robinson and Grady Diangana might feel as though they deserve a start with Bilic regularly rotating the left-wing position but in this instance, the player who scored from the start in the last game is most likely to keep his spot.

Up front, Charlie Austin has scored two in two games after being named to start so we predict him to continue spearheading the Baggies attack on Wednesday night.

In other West Brom news, there’s been an update on the latest speculation surrounding Dwight Gayle and a return to the Black Country.

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