Bilic makes 7 changes, Harper starts & Hegazi out: West Brom predicted XI vs West Ham – opinion

West Brom take a break from league action as they embark on the FA Cup fourth round this afternoon.

The Baggies head south to take on Premier League opposition in West Ham where manager Slaven Bilic will be taking on his old side for the very first time.

His side have failed to win in six straight league matches but edged past Charlton Athletic in the third round to set up this tie.

The Croatian tinkered with his side then, so will he do the same this time around?

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There won’t be any place for Hammers loanee Grady Diangana as he’s unable to play against his parent club, although he’s now injured anyway.

Matheus Pereira won’t be available either after being charged with violent conduct for an unseen elbow on Stoke City’s Joe Allen on Monday night. He will serve the first of a three-game ban today.

As a result, Bilic could make as many as seven changes as he rotates his squad once again.

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Backup goalkeeper Jonathan Bond is handed a start between the sticks while young centre-back Dara O’Shea comes in alongside Kyle Bartley for the only changes in defence. Ahmed Hegazi drops to the bench.

Both engine room regulars Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers are rested, which means Rekeem Harper gets another chance to impress in a box-to-box role, allowing 38-year-old Gareth Barry to come in and act as the defensive midfield option.

Out wide Matty Phillips keeps his spot with Kyle Edwards returning on the other side.

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Croatian playmaker Filip Krovinovic will try to fill the void left behind by Pereira while Charlie Austin is given the nod to lead the line over Hal Robson-Kanu and Kenneth Zohore.

And in other news, West Brom’s most likely transfer move this month has been suggested by The Athletic’s Steve Madeley…

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