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Having witnessed his side run riot at Cardiff City three days earlier, West Bromwich Albion head coach Valerien Ismael made the decision to name an unchanged side for the game against Stoke City.
The Frenchman’s call ultimately backfired with the Baggies under-performing during a 1-0 defeat, their 10-match unbeaten league record coming to an end.
Ismael was the first to acknowledge that his players had struggled at the bet365 Stadium, but the result against one of their promotion rivals will be regarded as a minor blip.
An extended break from action and another derby clash could prove to be a blessing in disguise for West Brom ahead of the next stretch of six matches.
While Karlan Grant has recently moved to the top of the goalscoring charts, Ismael will not be satisfied with just four strikes coming from one of his frontmen.
Despite the frustration of the last game, Ismael will give consideration to selecting the same team which started in the Potteries.
Nevertheless, Matt Phillips is in contention for a recall, potentially at the expense of Jordan Hugill with Callum Robinson being used down the middle of the attack.
Matthew Clarke is also fit again after several weeks on the sidelines, and the defender could return to a three-man backline.
Although Bowyer is likely to stick with a back three, the Blues boss will make a number of alterations to his starting lineup.
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Dion Sanderson, George Friend and Deeney are all in contention to be brought into the team.
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Furlong, Livermore, Mowatt, Reach; Phillips, Robinson, Grant
Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Sarkic; Sanderson, Dean, Friend; Colin, Woods, Sunjic, Bela; Chong; Hogan, Deeney