West Brom are back in action this evening as they welcome Arsenal to The Hawthorns for their second round Carabao Cup clash.
Valerien Ismael has enjoyed a brilliant start to life as Albion boss, with the players quickly grasping his methods and the side currently second in the Championship having collected ten points from their first four games.
With promotion the priority for the Baggies, the boss has already admitted that he will heavily rotate this evening, although he is expecting whoever does start to play in the high-pressing way he demands.
Here we look at the XI that could start against the Gunners…
Sam Johnstone is the current number one, so this will be a chance for David Button to get some minutes and it’s a similar story in the back three, with Cedric Kipre and youngster Caleb Taylor keen to play.
Matt Clarke’s injury means many expect Semi Ajayi to feature at Peterborough this weekend, so Ismael could opt to leave him out but a full 90 minute test could be what he needs to ensure he is ready for the game at The Posh.
In midfield, Robert Snodgrass is ready to make his comeback, and whilst he can play further forward, the lack of central midfield options means he should get the nod there alongside summer recruit Quevin Castro. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the 20-year-old and this will be an opportunity for fans to see him play competitively.
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Out wide, Adam Reach is sure to start on the left, with Taylor Gardner-Hickman in contention to start down the right flank.
In the final third, Ismael isn’t blessed with great depth, particularly as Kenneth Zohore seems massively out of favour, but Rayhaan Tulloch is sure to start. It’s sure to be a fluid front three, with Grady Diangana hoping to be in from the off after starting on the bench at Blackburn last time out.
Finally, Matt Phillips could retain his place as he is another that hasn’t got a full game under his belt so far this season.
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