West Bromwich Albion will come up against a side from the lower leagues in the form of Exeter City. West Ham United defeated West Bromwich Albion by a scoreline of 2-1 for their first match this New Year leaving West Brom still seeking to turn around their mean fortune this season. The Baggies are suffering from a run of terrible form and change of manager has not done much to change the fortune of the club.
The fighting 1-1 draw against the mighty Tottenham Hotspur is now a distant memory with West Bromwich Albion going on to draw their next match 2-2 against Newcastle United despite pulling away with a 2-0 lead. Their sour luck has continued in December as well with the side failing to register a single win this month.
A massive twenty-one game streak with no wins has firmly placed West Bromwich Albion in the relegation zone. They now have another opportunity this week when they come up against a considerably weaker opposition in the form of Exeter City. West Bromwich Albion is sitting in the 19th place in the league table and look set for the drop. However, they are still just four points below above the safety zone but having just collected 2 wins from a possible 21 in the league so far, they will need to seriously turn around their form if they want to experience the riches of the Premier League next season.
With Alan Pardew in charge, West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to stay up in the Premier League after parting ways with Tony Pulis. Their performances against Tottenham and Manchester City where they lost 2-3 showed that they have enough quality in the squad to cut it out in the Premier League.
Here is how West Bromwich Albion will look to line up for their FA Cup clash against Exeter City.
34-year-old Ben Foster is expected to turn up in goal for West Bromwich Albion.
Craig Dawson is expected to play in right back in place of Allan-Roméo Nyom. Ex-Arsenal player Kieran Gibbs will be covering the left back position.
In the heart of their defence, it is likely to be Ahmed Hegazi once again lining up next to their captain Jonny Evans.
A midfield quartet with Gareth Barry and Jay Livermore in the centre and Sam Field and Chris Brunt on the wings can be expected to turn up for West Bromwich Albion.
The striking combination is likely to be Jay Rodriguez playing off Hal Robson-Kanu with Salomon Rondon likely to be rested.