View: Predicted West Brom starting XI v Aston Villa
West Brom travel to Aston Villa looking to get their Premier League survival bid off the ground yet again on Sunday evening.
The Baggies had looked to turn a corner in the past month but were embarrassing when falling to defeat against Leicester on Thursday.
Sam Allardyce was left raging after the game and will be racking his mind with serious changes to be made for this huge derby.
Sam Johnstone will continue in between the sticks, with the keeper easily the first name on the teamsheet every single week.
The back four will also see one change, with Kyle Bartley, Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong keeping their spots.
Dara O’Shea was consistently exposed against Jamie Vardy, and he will be replaced by Semi Ajayi; who also offers more threat in the final third.
Okay Yokuslu had his worst game yet for the Albion since arriving last time out, but there is simply no one else who can do his job in midfield.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is loved by Big Sam, and he will keep his spot.
The Arsenal loanee will be joined by Conor Gallagher, who will come back into the team to offer much-needed urgency that was missing drastically last time out.
Matheus Pereira was quiet, but who wasn’t? The Brazilian is likely to continue as one of our only options that can create significant chances.
Here are the two big changes.
Grady Diangana must surely return for some pace in the final third, and Callum Robinson will be pushed forward to replace Mbaye Diagne.
Allardyce described the strikers’ performance against Leicester as “horrendous” and it is hard to see him starting this one after that criticism.
Here’s how we expect the Baggies to line up…
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