West Bromwich Albion head to Cardiff City on Tuesday night in a bid to protect their promotional fees after beating QPR last week.
The 19.45pm kickoff will also give the Baggies a chance to extend their unbeaten run on the court. championship for 10 games.
But while albion They haven’t lost yet, Mick McCarthy’s men have won just one of their last five games in the league, and that only feat came against struggling Nottingham Woods.
well Valerien Ismail He is expected to take three points from tonight’s match, but the manager has some important decisions to make regarding the starting line-up.
The Frenchman has three positions to consider closely until the match, but we expect him to stick to the same tried and tested 3-4-3 formation.
The first question is whether Kean Bryan has made his debut since joining the free transfer earlier this month. This would see Adam Reach fall, allowing Conor Townsend to start in a more natural wing-back position.
Ismael confirmed this week that Bryan isn’t ready for the full 90 minutes yet. The centre-back came out of the bench in his first game against QPR and is likely to make a cameo until he’s fully seated in the match. Therefore, the back line remains as it is.
The next question comes in midfield, where Jayson Molumby will knock on the door for an opportunity. While Young may have been impressed by the international stint for Ireland, the central partnership of Alex Mowatt and Jake Livermore is unlikely to change.
Finally, the forward line is where another possible change can be considered. Matt Phillips has started five of the last six games ahead, but his position is seriously threatened when he replaced Callum Robinson in the second half against Rangers last Friday.
The Irish international had two assists in West Brom’s comeback victory and it will be nearly impossible for Ismael to ignore him. Wait for Robinson to start in Phillips’ place.
The rest of the side is likely not going to change: Sam Johnstone will retain the gloves despite his mistake that led directly to the goal on Friday; on defense, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley and Darnell Furlong will start again; Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant will also start on either side of the center forward.
there positive news on the disability frontIsmael confirmed that Matt Clarke, Kenneth Zohore and Rayhaan Tulloch are back in full training. They will continue to be evaluated prior to the Cardiff trip, but are not expected to start.
West Brom Forecast XI – Cardiff City:
Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend, Reach; Mowatt, Livermore; Diangana, Robinson, Grant.