Forward to be dropped as five changes made – West Brom predicted XI v Preston

Jeremy Sarmiento could be set to be dropped for the West Brom game at Preston on Saturday (30 September).

The Ecuadorian winger was handed his first start for Albion against Millwall last Saturday (23 September), where his side played out a goalless draw at the Hawthorns.


The 21-year-old is likely to be replaced by captain Jed Wallace, with Darnell Furlong, Cedric Kipre, Okay Yokuslu and John Swift all returning to the starting lineup.


Carlos Corberan made a number of changes to his lineup for the fixture against the Lions on the back of a quick turnaround from the draw at Watford.


Despite keeping a clean sheet – their first of the campaign at home – the Baggies lacked quality in the final third as they failed to find the back of the net.


That means the Albion boss is likely to ring the changes again and revert back to a similar lineup that had previously been more of a threat in front of goal, with five alternations predicted.


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After keeping out Zian Flemming’s penalty, Alex Palmer reaffirmed his position as the number one, so he will keep his position in between the sticks against Preston.

Kyle Bartley will lose his spot in the lineup for Kipre, who will join Semi Ajayi and Erik Pieters in a back three after that combination has played together for most of the games at the start of this season.


Furlong will return at right-wing back after playing every single minute of the campaign prior to coming off the bench against Millwall, with a tough decision to be made at left-wing back after Conor Townsend put in a solid performance last week.


But Matt Phillips has been an ever-present under Corberan this season, meaning he is likely to keep his place in the lineup and return to his spot on the left.

Yokuslu will come back into the side in midfield, while Alex Mowatt will keep his place in the lineup at the expense of Jayson Molumby after looking tidy in possession and offering a bit more going forward against the Lions.


It seems almost a certainty that Wallace and Swift will start after being handed a rest last week, with Sarmiento dropping down to the bench.


That means Brandon Thomas-Asante will continue in his role as the lone forward as he looks to be more of a goal threat to help his side pick up a positive result at Deepdale.


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