By Rob Jarvis

30th Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

Predicted West Brom starting XI v Stoke

West Brom face a short turnaround this week as they travel to the Bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke on Friday evening in the Championship.

Valerien Ismael will want a similar performance to the 4-0 win over Cardiff on Tuesday after that long trip to the Welsh capital.

The Baggies have few problems in their squad and will be looking to cement their spot at the top of the Championship ahead of the international break.

Sam Johnstone will start in goal once again, and it would be no surprise if that didn’t change between now and the end of the season.

Darnell Furlong and Adam Reach will both continue at wing-back, after they dominated Cardiff down each side this week.

Matt Clarke and Kean Bryan aren’t deemed fit enough to start right now, but they will be getting closer after the international break.

That means Conor Townsend will join Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi in defence again, as he shines inside.

Alex Mowatt scored that wondergoal at Cardiff, and he will be looking to add to his tally yet again with Jake Livermore alongside him in midfield.

There will be a change in the front three.

Jordan Hugill was somewhat surprisingly started in Wales, and he will drop down to the bench after failing to take advantage.

Matt Phillips will come in from the start after he fired in his third of the season to seal the three points in midweek.

Karlan Grant scored once again with an incredible strike, and his partnership with Callum Robinson is growing with each passing game.

Here’s how we expect the Baggies to line up…

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