Ahead of every West Bromwich Albion fixture this season, the writers of WBAReport will reveal their score predictions and how they think the game will pan out. You can join in by adding your prediction to the comment section of this article or via Twitter.
Matt Smith (@matt_wba)
2-0 to West Brom. Harrogate have started the season brightly and will have nothing to lose at the Hawthorns, therefore I’m not expecting an easy win.
However, even without our main first-choice players, our younger players are far more superior than the Harrogate squad so we should be able to win.
I’d expect the likes of Harper and Edwards to perform well whilst players such as Austin and Grosicki will be hungry to prove a point and make the starting XI for Saturday.
Cameron Hall (@CamHall13)
3-1 to West Brom. It will be interesting to see how Bilic lines up. It is a good chance to rebuild the confidence of the main XI off the back of Sunday’s game in preparation for Saturday.
But he may favour rotation and give the chance to Harper, Field and the new boys like Kipre. Whilst a cup run is not the top priority, I still think there is a strong desire to do well, so a win is what we should expect against lower league opposition.
Ronan Thompson (@yaboiroz)
I think 2-1 to the Albion, but I’ll judge this game on the performance rather than the result.
I’m assuming this will be a very rotated squad to the one we saw on Sunday. I’d be very happy with Bilic giving the likes of Rico Richards, Harper and maybe even someone like Owen Windsor a chance to impress in the same way that Berahino got his opportunity to play in the second round of the League Cup over seven years ago.
It’s well documented tat Harrogate started their football league return off very well but overall I think Albion’s weakened side will just have the edge.
Will Gill (@Will_Gill19)
I’ll say 6-1 to the Albion. I think we will have too much quality for them and it will give some much needed confidence to our young lads and first-team players.
Kieran Kelly (@kierankelly20)
3-2 to West Brom. I can see this being a classic big team versus the underdog style match with Harrogate giving Albion a real run for their money, given their current run of form.
However, Albion will likely have too much quality and experience with the likes of Austin and Harper, not only likely to start but desperate to prove to Bilic why they should be in the lineup.
Sunesh Smith (@suneshsmith)
3-1 to the Albion. A heavily rotated side should still breeze past league two opposition. Expect to see some new faces and possibly another formation being tested on Wednesday night.
It’ll be a good chance for some of the squad to put last weekends game behind them, and perhaps others to stake a claim for selection this weekend.
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