After a busy deadline day for the club, attention quickly shifts to Albion’s trip to Bramall Lane. A win would keep Premier League survival hopes alive for another week. A loss or even a draw, and the inevitable is surely confirmed.
On the pitch, things couldn’t have gone much worse for Big Sam’s Baggies over the past two weeks. Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle and Sheffield United all picked up wins in their last two game weeks, while Albion faltered again in a frustrating 2-2 draw against relegation rivals Fulham on Saturday.
Failure to win this evening and the gap to Brighton would stand at 9 points, with Brighton playing Liverpool tomorrow evening.
Team News and Predicted XI
It will be interesting to see how Allardyce sets up this evening. Mbaye Diagne will feel he deserves his first start after impressing off the bench on his debut.
Turkey international Okay Yokuşlu and England’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined the Baggies on Deadline Day but won’t be eligible to play until the match against Spurs.
Conor Townsend and Grady Diangana will have late fitness tests after several weeks out due to injury.
Albion’s Predicted XI in Possession: (4-3-3)
This formation allows Pereira to play his best position behind the striker, whilst also utilising Grant or Robinson’s preferred position off the left. Snodgrass has the ability to cut in and link up play, and also whip a ball to the far post to the much needed target man now on Albion’s books in Diagne.
Albion’s Predicted XI Out of Possession: (4-5-1)
Out of possession, a 4-5-1 seems like the most likely formation, allowing the wide men to track back and support their respective full-back in order to nullify Sheffield United’s renowned overlapping style through the use of wing-backs.
Oliver McBurnie could be set to start in this game after he came on as a substitute against Man City. He had been sidelined for a month following a shoulder injury.
Jack Robinson, Ben Osborn and Enda Stevens are all being monitored.
Sheffield United’s Predicted XI: (5-3-2)
West Brom 2-1 Sheffield United
With so much on the line it’s hard to say who will come out on top. A draw pretty much relegates both sides. Albion have to win, and win ugly. A 2-1 victory would do nicely. It won’t be as volatile as the Battle of Bramall Lane, but for sure, the team with the most fight will walk away with three points.