By Nick Ware

22nd Nov, 2021 | 5:10pm

West Brom predicted XI v Blackpool

Valerien Ismael could ring the West Brom changes at Blackpool on Tuesday to arrest their alarming away form.

West Brom lost 1-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, their fourth away defeat on the bounce.

It followed losses at Stoke City, Swansea City and Fulham, with Albion scoring just once across those four games.

That form, coupled with just two days of rest between the fixtures, should see Ismael make some changes at Bloomfield Road.

Sam Johnstone will keep his spot in goal while Conor Townsend, Matt Clarke and Kyle Bartley should stay in the back five.

However, there could be big decisions made on the right-hand side of the defence.

Darnell Furlong is an easy swap for Taylor Gardner-Hickman at right wing-back after the throw-in specialist started on the bench on Saturday.

Cedric Kipre could also make way after an uncertain game on the weekend, and that could open up a return for Semi Ajayi after three games spent kicking his heels on the bench.

There could be one change in midfield as well with Jake Livermore currently suspended after his red card in West Yorkshire, though the club have appealed his ban [The Athletic].

If it is unsuccessful, that will surely see Ismael resist any thoughts about resting Alex Mowatt, who only returned to the side on Saturday after a month-long absence due to injury.

As it is, Mowatt could now be joined by Jayson Molumby in the middle.

Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana are likely to keep their starting spots, but Matt Phillips could drop out against Blackpool.

That opens up the central striking position, and it looks like a two-way fight between Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill.

After failing to feature on Saturday, Robinson should be well-rested and will be desperate to return to scoring ways in West Brom colours after failing to net since August.

Here’s how we expect Albion to line up at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night, with four changes expected…

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