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West Brom vs Wolves LIVE: Baggies face must-win Black Country derby against Nuno Espirito Santo’s out of form side

  • West Brom host rivals Wolves at the Hawthorns knowing three points are a must
  • The Baggies are 11 points from safety having played one game fewer
  • Wolves are out of form and have lost three of their last five matches 
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Premier League table – as it stands

West Brom host local rivals Wolves in what is a must-win clash for Sam Allardyce, if he is to hold any lingering hope of retaining his record of never being relegated from the top flight.

The Baggies are 11 points from safety at present, having played one game fewer than Newcastle who currently occupy 17th place in the league. Wolves, meanwhile, are experiencing a difficult patch and have lost three of their last five matches.

Follow Sportsmail’s MAX MATHEWS for live EPL coverage of West Brom vs Wolves, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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If Allardyce’s side win tonight – a big if – they will still be eight points behind 17th-placed Newcastle with four games left. 

And they have to hope Fulham, currently two points ahead of them, stay below them too. Difficult but not impossible. Six-pointer for them this evening?

Wolves are – admittedly via my poor numbers skills – mathematically safe from going down. They currently sit in 12th, but have only won two of their last eight and their season is petering out into mid-table obscurity after a bright start.

Obviously talismanic striker Raul Jimenez is a big miss. But if they want to reach the top half they’re going to need to learn how to score and win without him – and tonight is a great chance to make up ground on Leeds, six points ahead.

Nuno obviously feels the same way about Burnley as Will from the Inbetweeners. 

Several senior players have been dropped, with several youngsters trusted to take over. And why not with survival secure?

Defender Willy Boly is dropped from the matchday squad despite no reports of an injury and Owen Otasowie, 20, comes in, while Vitinha, 21, replaces Daniel Podence in attacking midfield and 18-year-old Fabio Silva replaces Willian Jose up front. Bold.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo responds to the dire 4-0 loss against Burnley last time out by making three changes.

Rui Patricio; Leander Dendoncker, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Owen Otasowie, Rayan Ait-Nouri; Vitinha; Adama Traore, Fabio Silva.

Subs: John Ruddy, Christian Marques, Ki-Jana Hoever, Max Kilman, Luke Cundle, Morgan Gibbs-White, Daniel Podence, Theo Corbeanu, Willian Jose.

Manager Sam Allardyce clearly wants to add defensive cover after conceding twice against Aston Villa and three times against Leicester the match before.

It will leave Brazilian midfield star and lone striker Mbaye Diagne more isolated, but they might have less scoring pressure if the side concedes less.

West Brom line up with a 3-5-1-1 formation, bringing in defender Dara O’Shea for forward Callum Robinson in the only change.

Sam Johnstone; Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea; Darnell Furlong, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu, Conor Gallagher, Conor Townsend; Matheus Pereira; Mbaye Diagne.

Subs: David Button, Lee Peltier, Jake Livermore, Romaine Sawyers, Matt Phillips, Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Hal Robson-Kanu, Karlan Grant.

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