West Bromwich Albion are still searching for their first win under Sam Allardyce and head to similarly out-of-form Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. The former Bolton, Newcastle and Everton manager has only earned one draw from his first five games in charge of the Baggies and their last league outing was a 4-0 drubbing by Arsenal.
Since then they have also been knocked out of the FA Cup by lowly Blackpool and remain 19th in the Premier League table with the worst defensive record of all 20 teams. It’s imperative that West Brom begin to close the gap soon if they aim to survive the drop, so a game at Wolves might come at an opportune moment.
Injury issues are hampering Wolves’ attacking thrust and there could be at least one player starting this game who was, until recently, on loan elsewhere after being deemed surplus to requirements.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. It will also be streamed across the BT Sport app and desktop website for subscribers.
Adama Traore has a knock and may be added to the Wolves injury list which already contains Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez and Jonny. Marcal is also likely to miss out again, while Willy Boly is a doubt. Patrick Cutrone could come into the line-up after his recall from a loan spell.
West Brom are without the suspended Conor Gallagher and injured Karlan Grant, while Hal Robson-Kanu has a broken arm so is unlikely to feature.
WOL: Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Ait Nouri; Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho; Neto, Cutrone, Silva.
WBA: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Ivanovic, Gibbs; Phillips, Sawyers, Livermore, Diangana; Pereira, Robinson.
Wolves could look even more disjointed in attack with a few players out injured, and if the game is won by either team it could be via a set-piece or a moment of individual ingenuity. Otherwise, a stalemate of fear could ensue. Wolves 0-0 West Brom