By Rob Jarvis

12th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

Predicted West Brom starting XI v Birmingham

West Brom finally return to Championship action this week in a huge clash against Birmingham on Friday evening.

Valerien Ismael will be itching to get stuck back into the action after the Baggies crashed to their first defeat of the season last time out.

There are injury concerns in the current squad but they have been helped by a clean bill of health so far for our international players.

Sam Johnstone got an assist for England against Andorra over the weekend, and he will start looking for a similar impact against the Blues.

Darnell Furlong will start on the right of the back five, with Conor Townsend finally pushed back into his favoured spot on the left.

Matt Clarke’s return is a huge boost in defence, and he will start alongside Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley for the Albion.

Jake Livermore will be everpresent again this season, and he is set for an even more important role this week.

With Alex Mowatt a big doubt for the clash after limping off against Stoke, we expect Jayson Molumby to be handed a full debut for the club.

The Irish international will be joined by his fellow countryman Callum Robinson, who has been on fire during this most recent break.

Alongside him will be pace, power and flair.

Karlan Grant is really starting to find top form for the Baggies, and he will be looking to get back on the scoresheet after three in his last three.

Finishing the line-up will be Grady Diangana, and Ismael will want more end product after promising signs recently, what better game to do it than this huge derby?

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

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