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West Brom predicted XI vs Blackburn Rovers

West Brom must seize their opportunity to climb two league positions in the Championship tonight when they take on Blackburn Rovers at the Hawthorns in Steve Bruce’s first home game in charge of the club.

A win for the Baggies could see them go from ninth to seventh pushing Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United out of their way in the process, and would be an opportunity to get more comfortable in the challenge for a playoff place as the side desperately tries to gain Premier League promotion in the last sixteen games of the season.



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Four players will be unavailable for the fixture with Kyle Bartley, Matt Phillips, Jake Livermore and Daryl Dike all out for the must win game, and Bruce will be hoping that the team he does have available for the clash will be able to take on the challenge.

With that being said, here is how Football Fancast expects the West Brom manager to line-up his team against Blackburn Rovers this evening…

We expect that Bruce will make just two changes to his side that suffered a defeat Sheffield United last week, especially with injury and illness preventing his opportunity to pick regular starters Kyle Bartley and Matt Phillips.

The first change could be a blessing in disguise, as Livermore picked up his second red card of the season, with the midfielder becoming a bit of a liability for the side over the last few months with his sending offs.

Jayson Molumby will likely replace the suspended midfielder alongside Alex Mowatt, and will surely be hoping to use the opportunity to show the new manager why he should start in the side over Livermore in the future.

The second change would see woeful £7.2m-rated Grady Diangana ruthlessly axed from the side, in an attempt to freshen things up from an attacking perspective, with Callum Robinson coming in to replace the winger.

Diangana has been ineffective in his role for Albion, with just two goals and one assist so far in 26 appearances, which is an incredibly low output for a team that wants to challenge for Premier League promotion this season.

Should Callum Robinson start tonight?

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Robinson however, has been one of the most effective players in the side, with five league goals and eight assists in 28 appearances, so would surely be the ideal player due to his more reliable and consistent attacking threat, especially in a game that is a Must win for the Baggies.

Bruce will be hoping to make a good first impression on the home fans tonight at the Hawthorns, and securing all three points will not only put Albion in a much more comfortable position ahead of the playoffs, but will please the fans who have had to endure three defeats on the bounce in the last three games.

In other news: Bartley & Phillips unavailable in double blow ahead of Blackburn

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