West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has made two changes to his Albion side for the clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park this evening.
Albion are in need of a response after being routinely swept aside by rampant Leicester City on Thursday evening, and the quick turnaround presents an opportunity to do just that.
After the 3-0 reverse at the King Power Stadium, Allardyce has opted for Conor Gallagher and Semi Ajayi; both players have, for the most part this season, been important figures in the Albion starting XI, but both had recently lost their places in the side.
Both, however, are recalled for the meeting with the Villans. Gallagher replaces Matt Phillips, who turned in a below par performance against the Foxes, and Ajayi – who was introduced at half time on Thursday to shore up the back-line – comes in for Dara O’Shea to slot in alongside long-time partner Kyle Bartley.
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Both O’Shea and Phillips are among the substitutes, while Robert Snodgrass, Kieran Gibbs and Branislav Ivanovic remain the injury absentees.
For Villa, Dean Smith brings in Ross Barkley, Ahmed Elmohamady for the suspended Matt Cash and Anwar El Ghazi.
Marvelous Nakamba and Jacob Ramsey drop out. Jack Grealish and Trezeguet are both injury absentees, but long-term injury victim Wesley Moraes makes the bench for the first time since New Year’s Day 2020.
Martinez; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi; Watkins
Subs : Hause, Engels, Taylor, Nakamba, Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace, Wesley, Davis, Heaton
Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Yokuslu, Gallagher, Maitland-Niles; Robinson, Pereira, Diagne
Subs : Button, Peltier, O’Shea, Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips, Diangana, Grant, Robson-Kanu