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2 West Brom dilemmas facing Valerien Ismael ahead of Huddersfield match today



West Brom will be looking to maintain their push for Championship promotion on Saturday afternoon, when they make the trip to The John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town.

The Baggies go into the game with just one win from their last three league games, something they will need to improve on if they are to keep those hopes of a swift return to the Premier League going.

But with Huddersfield themselves mounting a push for the play-off places, this is unlikely to be an easy task for West Brom in Yorkshire.

So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at two dilemmas facing Baggies boss Valerien Ismael ahead of the game, right here.

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Pressure to keep pace with the top two

Going into the campaign, West Brom will rightly have been one of the favourites for automatic promotion, given the quality in their squad, and Ismael’s own reputation.

However, achieving that looks an uphill challenge at the minute, with the Baggies currently third in the table, six points off second placed Fulham, and a further two adrift of league leaders Bournemouth.

You feel it is crucial that the Midlands club do not allow that gap to grow any further, or else the pressure we have already seen Ismael come under this season, is only likely to grow.

Who starts in the centre of midfield?

With Alex Mowatt having been out for over a month through injury, and Jake Livermore in and out of the side for similar reasons, Ismael has been forced to rotate his central midfield options in recently.

However, both Mowatt and Livermore, as well as the two who have filled in for the Baggies in the centre of the park – Jayson Molumby and Robert Snodgrass – could all be fit and available for this afternoon’s game.

As a result, Ismael will need to make the right call over which two of those four start in centre midfield for West Brom today, which given the influence Lewis O’Brien has for Huddersfield in that area of the pitch, could be crucial to today’s result.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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Article title: 2 West Brom dilemmas facing Valerien Ismael ahead of Huddersfield match today

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