West Bromwich Albion vs Peterborough United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Semi Ajayi celebrates after a late winner in their last game against Peterborough - Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion will be looking to put a run of five games without a win to bed with victory against Peterborough United on Saturday.

Darren Ferguson's side will also be aiming to set their poor away form aside, after losing the previous five matches on the road.

  • Team news

West Brom will be stronger in defence after having several absentees for their defeat to Queens Park Rangers

Valerien Ismael will be strengthened by the return of Cedric Kipre who has served his one-match suspension after being sent-off during their FA Cup clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Fellow centre-back Kyle Bartley will also be restored into the Albion line-up after being sidelined with a knock for the last game.

However, Sam Johnstone and Alex Mowatt will serve the final game of their bans after both being dismissed during their opening fixture of 2022 when they faced Cardiff City.

Peterborough won't be able to count on new signing Callum Morton after joining on-loan from the Baggies, he'll be ineligible for the showdown with his parent club. 

Meanwhile, long-term absentees Jack Marriott and Joel Randall will miss out but should be available for selection by the end of February.

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  • Predicted lineups

West Brom:

(3-4-3) Johnstone, Clarke, Bartley, Kipre, Townsend, Livermore, Molumby, Furlong, Grant, Dike, Phillips

Peterborough:

(4-3-1-2) Cornell, Mumba, Knight, Edwards, Thompson, Taylor, Norburn, Burrows, Grant, Clarke-Harris, Dembele

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  • Form guide

Posh haven't won an away game in five attempts and will be hoping for a victory this Saturday.

Despite a heavy defeat against Coventry City, Ferguson's side currently sit only three points away from safety in the league.

On the other hand, Ismael's Baggies are unbeaten in the league at The Hawthorns but will need to be at their best against a side fighting for EFL Championship survival.

Albion should have the boost of extra minutes available for new signing Daryl Dike after he passed through another week of his intense training schedule.

Dike brightened up Saturday's defeat to QPR, if only temporarily, and the American striker is thought to get his first Baggies start in this one.

However, Ismael has come under fire from the Albion fanbase after a run of poor form, his side are without a win in four league games and must put in a good performance to ease tensions and gain momentum.

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  • Ones to watch

Matt Phillips

Upon his return from injury, Phillips put in a good shift in his comeback gig against Brighton.

Traditionally a winger, the Scottish international has been deployed as a number-nine quite frequently so far this campaign.

The former QPR, Blackpool and Sheffield United man could provide his more conventional threat from wide areas and could supply Dike with service to score.

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Jorge Grant

Bagging a goal in the loss to Coventry, Grant has proved to be Posh's most creative threat throughout the season.

Collecting two goals and assists so far this season, the former Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Luton Town midfielder is their talisman.

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  • Previous meetings

These two sides last met in August, where the Baggies were fresh off an unbeaten league run.

Posh provided stern opposition last time out and provided a template for other Championship outfits to use when facing West Brom.

Their rigid approach to the fixture meant it took a 94th-minute winner from Semi Ajayi to clinch all three points.

Before that win, the last game between the two sides came in an FA Cup round four replay.

Albion clinched victory via a penalty shootout after a rare Darren Fletcher goal cancelled out a Jon Taylor opener for Posh.

It was a 2-2 draw between the two sides at The Hawthorns that created that clash in which Saido Berahino's double meant a late comeback was required from the at the time EFL League One outfit.

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  • How to watch

Audio coverage will be available for those in the UK and Ireland via WBATV and iFollow. There'll also be a stream available for overseas viewers. Kick-off on Saturday is set for 15:00 GMT.

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