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Harper in: The West Brom XI that Bilic should field against Preston



West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to increase their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table tomorrow night, as they prepare to host Preston at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies moved nine points clear of third place with a convincing 3-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate, thanks to goals from Callum Robinson and Hal Robson-Kanu.

That win, coupled up with Fulham, Brentford and Nottingham Forest all being held to draws and dropping points at the weekend, means Slaven Bilic’s side sit a good nine points clear of third with 12 games left to play.

Tomorrow night they face Preston North End at the Hawthorns, a team that sit just inside the play-off spots after coming from behind to beat Hull City on Saturday.

It won’t be an easy test for the Baggies by any means, but if they play to their strengths, then they have a great chance of winning.

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With one eye likely to be on this weekend’s upcoming clash with Wigan Athletic, though, then Bilic could well freshen up his squad against the Lilywhites.

Here, we take a look at the XI that West Brom should face against Alex Neil’s side on Tuesday…

One enforced change that Bilic will have to make is in midfield, after Romaine Sawyers was sent off at the weekend.

The midfielder seemingly put his hand around the throat of Jamie Paterson, and after an incensed reaction from the Robins’ bench, Sawyers was sent on his way down to the tunnel.

This leaves a hole to be filled in midfield alongside Jake Livermore, who performed excellently against Bristol City.

This could see a return to the starting line-up for Rekeem Harper, who came on as a substitute at the weekend. He’s a box-to-box midfielder who could add some real balance alongside Jake Livermore and Filip Krovinovic.

Having named three unchanged line-ups before their trip to Ashton Gate, Bilic isn’t the kind of manager to chop and change his team, so it’s likely to be an unchanged back-five on Tuesday.

Kamil Grosicki will be banging down the door for a place in the starting line-up, but with Callum Robinson and Matheus Pereira both performing superbly at the weekend, the Polish international may have to make do with a place on the bench again.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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