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Hegazi still out: The West Brom XI that Slaven Bilic should put out against struggling Huddersfield



West Brom have had a fantastic start to the season and are the only Championship team who remain unbeaten after seven games.

Slaven Bilic came in over the summer and has clearly made them much harder to beat and that was backed up with an excellent point earned away at Fulham last Saturday.

The Baggies take on a Huddersfield Town side this weekend who will be looking to improve upon their start to the season having picked up just one point.

New manager Danny Cowley has since stepped in but has been in charge for just one fixture, so West Brom may face a Terriers side who might spring a surprise in terms of shape and selection.

Bilic will have a few decisions to make with players returning from injury and it’ll be interesting to see whether he opts to make any changes after an impressive draw last weekend.

With that in mind, this is who we think Bilic should lineup with in the fixture against winless Huddersfield Town.

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We expect the Baggies to lineup in the same that they did for last week’s trip to Craven Cottage. Sam Johnstone will be the keeper and he’s had a good start to the season so far and saved a very good penalty when West Brom travelled to Derby.

The back four should remain unchanged after impressing in recent weeks although there may some pressure put on the centre-back pairing in the coming weeks with Ahmed Hegazi coming back into training in the last week.

Alongside Hegazi, Gibbs will be assessed for Saturday’s fixture after missing the last two fixtures, but Ferguson should keep his place although it’s unaware who Bilic prefers at this point in time.

The midfield picks itself as Bilic seems to have been getting the best out of the two in the holding positions. It’s been a fantastic start and the thing that the Baggies have found that others haven’t is consistency.

Bilic seems to have found his favoured three in front of the two holding midfielders, whilst having certain options available to him on the bench.

Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana and Matt Phillips have each starred in different outings earning themselves the places behind the striker. Filip Krovinovic and Kyle Edwards are worthy options who are able to come off the bench, which is helpful for West Brom as it keeps the starting XI on their toes.

Up top, Charlie Austin will see this as a perfect opportunity to break his goal-scoring duck for the Baggies. He has to score soon and will see a game against a winless Huddersfield as the perfect opportunity. Kenneth Zohore will feel unlucky not to have started more games but Bilic clearly has a preference.

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