West Bromwich Albion will be aiming to get back on track in the Championship this evening when they host Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies have recently experienced a worrying dip in form as they have only managed to accumulate five points from their last five league fixtures.
As a result of this inconsistency, Valerien Ismael’s side have lost ground in the race for automatic promotion.
Currently eight points adrift of AFC Bournemouth who are second in the Championship standings, the Baggies will be determined to close this particular gap today.
Having witnessed his side secure a draw in their meeting with Blackpool earlier this week, it will be intriguing to see whether Ismael decides to make any changes to his starting eleven tonight.
Here, we have decided to take a look at how West Brom could line up against Forest…
Having regularly utilised the 3-4-2-1 formation in recent weeks, Ismael is likely to stick with this particular set up tonight.
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will be looking to claim his ninth clean-sheet of the season against Forest.
Matt Clarke, Kyle Bartley and Cedric Kipre will be tasked with providing cover for Johnstone in their centre-back roles whilst Darnell Furlong and Conor Townsend are expected to feature in the wing-back positions.
When you consider that West Brom are currently unable to call upon the services of Jake Livermore due to the fact that the 32-year-old is suspended, Jayson Molumby is likely to feature in the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s absence.
Molumby will be partnered in central-midfield by Alex Mowatt who has started 14 games for the Baggies in the Championship since sealing a move to The Hawthorns in the summer transfer window.
Whilst Karlan Grant is expected to keep his place in the side, Ismael may opt to drop Grady Diangana and Matt Phillips for this fixture in order to hand Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill the opportunity to impress.
If he is given the nod to start, Robinson is likely to feature on the right-hand side of the front-three whilst Hugill will be tasked with leading the line for West Brom.
Hugill has been used predominantly as a substitute this season and thus will be desperate to prove his worth to Ismael.
If the forward is able to net his second goal of the 2021/22 campaign this evening, he could help his side secure a much-needed victory over Forest.