West Brom welcome Brighton to The Hawthorns on Saturday and have a brilliant opportunity to end their winless run.

Albion have looked rejuvenated in recent weeks, with two performances against Burnley and Manchester United that deserved six points rather than two.

Sam Allardyce’s new signings have made a big difference and but for poor finishing we would have won with ten men last week.

Okay Yokuslu in particular has been attracting plaudits from his teammates as well as fans, and he could be key against Brighton.

The Seagulls dominated their last match on Monday with 75% possesion despite losing, so the Turk will be relied on to back up their free-flowing style.

If he does that we have a great chance, as Brighton will likely be low on confidence having won just one of their last five games.

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Hopefully, the physicality of our other loanees Mbaye Diagne and Maitland-Niles can give us an advantage too.

Diagne has been impressive so far but we really need him to be more clinical in front of goal.

In defence there will of course be an enforced change due to Semi Ajayi’s suspension.

Dara O’Shea did an excellent job when replacing him against Burnley so we expect him to come in and for West Brom to line-up like this.

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The other notable change is Grady Diangana coming back into the side.

The winger has been absent through injury since the beginning of the year.

He started the first match of 2021 against Arsenal but picked up a hamstring injury and is yet to play since.

Big Sam expected him to feature against Wolves before he suffered a setback in training the day before, so we think the Baggies boss may be keen to see him in action.

The £20,000 a week attacker has been out for several weeks so will hopefully play with a point to prove, while his pace arguably makes him a better option than Matt Phillips.

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