New formation & one debutant as Bilic makes 2 changes: Predicted West Brom XI vs Southampton

West Bromwich Albion will be looking to pick up their first win of the season as they head south to face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium this lunchtime.

The Baggies have been thrashed by Leicester City and Everton but should have grabbed all three points against Chelsea last weekend having gone into the break three goals to the good.

Slaven Bilic has seen his side leak 11 goals despite playing three-at-the-back, so will the Croatian make any alterations for this fixture?

Here’s what we are predicting…

west brom predicted xi vs southampton premier league - New formation & one debutant as Bilic makes 2 changes: Predicted West Brom XI vs Southampton

There could be just two changes from the side that drew to the Blues last time out, although Bilic is likely to revert back to the 4-3-3 which saw them promoted last term.

Sam Johnstone remains between the sticks as the Baggies’ number one and he’ll be protected by a back four this time. It means Semi Ajayi drops to the bench with Dara O’Shea and Kyle Bartley emerging as the trusted central duo. Both Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong keep their places.

In midfield, skipper Jake Livermore also keeps his spot but he’s joined by academy graduate Sam Field to provide that extra defensive stability in the middle.

And playing slightly further forward could be Conor Gallagher who makes his Premier League debut for the club, meaning Romaine Sawyers is dropped following a run of poor performances.

We’re likely to also see Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira start too, even despite Filip Krovinovic’s return to the Hawthorns this week whilst Callum Robinson leads the line once again.

The bench could feature the Croatian as well as the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Kyle Edwards and Hal Robson-Kanu.

AND in other news, West Brom should look to £65k-p/w “real handful” as cheap Grant alternative…

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