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There have been times in the past when the West Brom hierarchy have made ruthless decisions regarding their managers, and that is something that Valerien Ismael will be aware of as he bids to keep the Baggies in the hunt for the top two.
Nevertheless, the Frenchman’s focus needs to be on trying to find solutions in attack, West Brom having now scored just five goals in their last 10 outings.
It is a remarkably low return which makes you look twice and the shock factor has not been lost on their supporters who witnessed their club lose 1-0 at bottom-placed Derby County on Monday.
There is an argument that luck was not on their side at Pride Park, but there can be no getting away from the fact that West Brom are not playing like a team who deserve to be in fourth position.
On a positive note, they still possess the best defence in the division and are yet to lose at The Hawthorns, something which gives Ismael reason for optimism ahead of this contest.
Ismael is expected to make numerous changes to his West Brom XI, with youngsters Tom Fellows and Taylor Gardner-Hickman in contention for a start.
Callum Robinson is likely to keep his spot in attack, but Alex Mowatt and Karlan Grant have been declared available after coronavirus.
Cardiff will have to make do without Leandro Bacuna after he was sent off during the first half of the defeat at Bournemouth.
Kieffer Moore could also miss out through injury, with Rubin Colwill and James Collins in line to be recalled to the starting XI.
Sean Morrison and Marlon Pack are in contention in central defence and midfield respectively.
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West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley, Clarke; Gardner-Hickman, Livermore, Molumby, Townsend; Fellows, Robinson, Diangana
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Pack, Ralls, Giles; Harris, Colwill; Collins