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Team news: West Bromwich Albion v Rovers

Who's in and who's out for today's game against The Baggies at The Hawthorns?

31 August 2019

Tony Mowbray has made two changes to his team from the last league outing against Cardiff for today's clash away at West Bromwich Albion.

Amari'i Bell and Danny Graham drop out, with Greg Cunningham and Adam Armstrong the preferred options at left back and up front.

Cunningham returns having been ineligible to feature against parent club Cardiff last weekend, whilst Graham is an option off the bench if needed.

Should Graham come on and score, it'll be his 50th league goal for Rovers.

Elsewhere, Christian Walton, Elliott Bennett, Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing are all restored to the starting lineup having been unused for the midweek Carabao Cup trip to Sheffield United.

Ex-Baggies defender Tosin Adarabioyo remains sidelined with a thigh injury, whilst Ben Brereton is out with a knee problem.

The hosts include talented playmaker Romaine Sawyers in their line-up, alongside Semi Ajayi, who scored twice against Rovers for Rotherham United last term.

Experienced former Burnley frontman Charlie Austin will play the lone role up top, with Matt Phillips and West Ham United loanee Grady Diangana providing the ammunition out wide.

Rovers were unbeaten in both games against West Brom last season, with Harrison Reed leveling in the 1-1 draw in the Midlands, before two goals in the space of five minutes from Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack earned a narrow 2-1 win at Ewood Park at the beginning of 2019.

Rovers have suffered just two defeats against The Baggies in the last seven meetings at The Hawthorns.

Kick-off this afternoon is at 3pm and all the action can be tracked via iFollow Rovers and our social media accounts.

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Livermore (c), Phillips, Pereira, Sawyers, Ferguson, Diangana, Austin.

Substitutes: Bond, Robson-Kanu, Krovinovic, Zohore, Brunt, Edwards, O'Shea.

Rovers: Walton, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Cunningham, Johnson, Travis, Downing, Dack, Gallagher, Armstrong.

Substitutes: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Rothwell, Graham, Evans, Rankin-Costello, Buckley.


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