Team News and Predicted XI
Since their last outing Albion have made some alterations to the squad with Zohore’s loan departure to Millwall paving the way for Karlan Grant to become West Brom’s star striker.
Grant is some way off full match fitness so probably won’t start but may find himself on the bench. This is dependent on whether Callum Robinson is eligible to play after he came in to contact with someone who had Covid during the international break so has been isolating ever since.
Robson-Kanu’s broken arm leaves him unavailable for the next few weeks so Charlie Austin is technically the only fully fit senior striker at the club, it’ll be interesting to see if he gets the nod to start against his former employers.
Kieran Gibbs is available for selection after serving his suspension and it also looks as though Grosicki’s collapsed move to Forest will keep him in the West Midlands until January.
With few injury concerns and some shrewd transfer business by Dowling and Xu Ke, Bilic now has the personnel to switch up his tactics and deploy three centre midfielders although I think he may stick with the five at the back system to shut down Burnley’s strikers and set-piece threat.
Jack Cork (ankle injury), Ben Mee (thigh) and Matt Lowton (knee) are sidelined for the foreseeable future whilst winger Gudmundsson (groin) and former WBA favourite Jay Rodriguez (ankle) look to shrug off their injury niggles but remain doubtful for Monday’s clash.
Those notable injuries aside Dyche seems to have most of his key players available for selection, although there will probably be very little rotation from the side that lost 3-1 Newcastle in their most recent fixture.
Ex-Albion loanee Matej Vydra and Ashley Barnes will be vying to start alongside another former West Brom man Chris Wood in a two-man attack.
England internationals James Tarkowski and Nick Pope will be at the heart of Burnley’s often watertight defence. Burnley’s only outfield summer signing Dale Stephens will most likely partner Burnley’s current captain Ashley Westwood in the centre of midfield.
Dwight McNeil, Burnley’s golden boy, will almost certainly line up on the left wing too, with Brownhill playing slightly out of position at right midfield.
Dyche’s old school 4-4-2 might not be full of big names, but it’s largely comprised of the same squad that finished tenth last year. They won’t roll over for Albion on Monday evening.