West Bromwich Albion should be heading into this match against Blackburn with plenty of confidence, having picked up three wins from three games as they challenge Leeds for the top spot.

Blackburn, on the other hand, have been struggling, which makes now the ideal time for the Baggies to face them.

In Rovers’ last outing, they narrowly beat Cardiff City 3-2, coming back from 2-1 down, but before then had lost three on the bounce to Wigan (2-0), Barnsley (2-0) and Leeds (3-1).

Slaven Bilic will have likely identified Blackburn as one of the weaker sides left to face in Albion’s remaining Championship fixtures, but he’ll know better than anyone to guard against complacency, and will invariably reiterate this to the team ahead of Saturday’s match.

Here is the side we think Bilic will choose to face Blackburn.


As usual, Sam Johnstone will start between the sticks for Albion, with the same back-four that kept the clean sheet against Derby mid-week.

Jake Livermore will be used as a central defensive midfielder behind Filip Krovinovic and Romaine Sawyers.

Out on the wings could be Kamil Grosicki, stepping in for Grady Diangana who may be rested as a precaution, and Matheus Pereira, who has been outstanding as of late.

Upfront is Charlie Austin again — simply because he seems to pose more of a threat than the likes of Robson-Kanu and Zohore. He can also put in a good shift when the side is defending, which is very useful when retaining a lead.