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West Bromwich Albion will embark on a trip to the AmEx Stadium this weekend, as they gear up to take on Premier League newbies Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Baggies sit 5th in the league table, with 7 points from three games – two wins against Bournemouth and Burnley, followed by a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at home, before the international break arrived. Manager Tony Pulis will be keen on building on their strong start to the campaign with a win over the Seagulls who are yet to win a game.
Veteran defender Gareth McAuley is the only notable absentee for the Baggies as he recovers from a thigh injury. Captain Jonny Evans is fit again and is in line for a comeback. Late additions to the squad, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kieran Gibbs may be in for debuts as well.
Here’s how we expect the Baggies to come out at the AmEx stadium.
The former Manchester United man is the undisputed No.1 for the Baggies, ahead of Boaz Myhill and it will stay the same for the weekend encounter as well.
The Cameroonian should keep his place on the right-hand side of the back four, following his steady start to the new campaign.
The right-back has done an immense job so far, after moving into the heart of the defence and is likely to continue there against the Seagulls too.
The Egyptian centre-half has had a flying start to life at the Hawthorns and looks like a great acquisition. Should partner Dawson, as Pulis might want to ease Jonny Evans back into the scheme of things.
The former Arsenal man is well versed with the rigours of the Premier League and knows what it takes to make it at this level. Should walk straight into the starting XI.
The former Everton and Manchester City man hasn’t skipped a beat since his arrival and has plenty left in his tanks. Will start in the holding midfield role.
The Scottish wide man is another who has had a solid start to the new campaign and may get the nod ahead of new signing Oliver Burke.
Has the potential to be one of the signings of the season. The Polish midfielder is top quality and should be thrust straight into the starting setup.
The 30-year old is fit again and has the knack of getting those important goals for his team. Should partner Krychowiak in central midfield.
The Northern Ireland wide-man will finally be relieved of his duties at left-back and could see a starting berth in a much-advanced role down the left flank.
The new acquisition from Southampton has hit the ground running and has netted twice already. Should be picked ahead of Salomon Rondon.