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Kevin Phillips predicts West Brom will be able to earn a point when they play away against Manchester United on Saturday night.

Slaven Bilic is yet to see his side win a Premier League match since leading them to promotion but the Baggies have been able to perform admirably against some of the division’s sides by drawing 3-3 with Chelsea and impressing in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham before the international break.

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Phillips believes that Man United’s injury crisis could work in West Brom’s favour and reckons the game will end 1-1 at Old Trafford.

“It’s a tough one,” Phillips told West Brom News when asked for a score prediction.

“Do you know what? I always try to back West Brom, I always try to say they’ll get a result.

“I’m going to try and be optimistic and go for a draw just because of the United players that are missing. I’m going for 1-1.”

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According to BBC Sport, Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Mason Greenwood are doubts for Man United this weekend. ESPN has also reported that Harry Maguire could also miss the fixture.

West Brom have their own issues too.

Although Callum Robinson, Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic have all completed periods in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, Bilic confirmed on Thursday that more members of his squad have received positive test results.

It remains to be seen who those players are because the Baggies have kept their cards close to their chest in regards to who will miss the trip to Old Trafford.

But let’s hope it’s not someone vital to the team.

Either way, if West Brom are at full strength or not, Saturday is going to be tough for the Baggies, even though Old Trafford has proven to be a happy hunting ground for the Black Country club in recent years.

In other West Brom news, Bilic and Dean Smith are at odds over a major debate going on among Premier League managers.

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