West Bromwich Albion face Millwall for the second time in the space of four days at the Hawthorns this evening, this time in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

They drew 1-1 on Saturday afternoon but there has to be a winner this time around as both clubs look to progress to the second round stage of the competition.

Slaven Billic is hoping to give his Deadline Day signings their first outing in a West Brom shirt. Charlie Austin, Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Chris Willock all missed Saturday’s draw as they were deemed not ready following just one training session with the club.

Millwall manager Neil Harris also looks set to make changes for the match with their next league game at the weekend in mind.

WEST BROM PREDICTED LINE UP:

JONATHAN BOND

With Sam Johnstone having made a couple of errors in the league, Bilic will most likely switch to Bond to allow him some game time and potentially put himself in the frame for Saturday.

DARNELL FURLONG

Despite Nathan Ferguson’s impressive performances at right back, Furlong looks set to make his competitive debut for the Baggies with a chance to prove himself.

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SEMI AJAYI

Although new signing Ajayi has played in both league games, due to injury to Ahmed Hegazi and a lack of options, Ajayi will most likely keep his place for this game as well to add a little experience to the centre back partnership.

DARA O’SHEA

Youngster O’Shea is likely to step in ahead of Kyle Bartley who could be rested for this one. Performed well enough in pre-season and should start here.

CONOR TOWNSEND

Always performed to a good level whenever called upon, simply unfortunate he has a player with the quality of Kieran Gibbs ahead of him. Will almost certainly start against Millwall.

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CHRIS WILLOCK

The Deadline Day signing could make his first appearance to allow the first choice wingers a breather. Has the chance to show what he can do under Slaven Bilic.

REKEEM HARPER

Has only made the bench so far in the league and should start in place of Romaine Sawyers who the Baggies will want to ensure is ready for the weekend’s game and not risk any injuries.

JAKE LIVERMORE

With the rest of the midfield being relatively inexperienced, Livermore could be handed another start despite already having played in both league games. His experience could be vital to help his fellow younger midfielders.

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MATHEUS PEREIRA

The Brazilian is in line to make his debut. On loan from Sporting Lisbon he has huge potential and offers trickery and pace, could be an exciting talent to watch out for.

GRADY DIANGANA

Could play on the wing or behind the striker, but Diangana is also looking to make his debut. On loan from Bilic’s former side West Ham, their fans were fairly shocked to see him leave albeit temporarily highlighting his quality.

HAL ROBSON-KANU

A tough one to call between Robson-Kanu and new signing Charlie Austin. Bilic might just opt for the former who has had more time in training than Austin. Should West Brom find themselves behind he may introduce Austin.


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