Millwall vs West Bromwich Albion preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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West Bromwich Albion will be aiming to sweep a run of only three wins in 13 games under the carpet when they take on Millwall this Saturday.

The Lions will be hoping they can turn their recent form around, with Gary Rowett's side winless so far this calendar year.

His opposite number Valerien Ismael is under growing pressure to reverse their fortunes, the defeat against Preston North End was a game in which fans voiced their frustrations and voted with their feet.

  • Team news

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone won't be involved in this clash due to a reported spat with Ismael.

The gloveman was reportedly unhappy with the boss' decision to keep David Button in the lineup ahead of his anticipated return from suspension.

The former Barnsley, LASK and Wolfsburg manager described the omission as an 'internal issue' that will be solved after Saturday's game.

Semi Ajayi will be reinstated into the side following Nigeria's premature AFCON exit, with the defender likely to take place on the bench for now.

Andy Carroll will also be involved following his short-term move to The Hawthorns, with the former Reading, Liverpool and West Ham United striker registered in time to get on the pitch this weekend.

Lions boss Rowett will be without top-scorer Tom Bradshaw, who pulled up during their game with Nottingham Forest, he won't be returning until late April.

Top-assister Jed Wallace will be assessed for his fitness ahead of the clash, with the midfielder having been missing since their game against Peterborough United.

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  • Predicted lineups

Millwall:

(3-5-2) Bialkowski, Wallace, Cooper, Hutchinson, Malone, Mitchell, Kieftenbeld, Evans, McNamara, Bennett, Afobe

West Brom:
(3-4-3) Button, Clarke, Bartley, Kipre, Townsend, Livermore, Mowatt, Furlong, Grant, Robinson, Diangana

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  • Form guide

Without a win in 2022, The Lions have a big task to alter their run of poor results in this clash with the Baggies.

However, if there was a perfect time to face up against Ismael's men it would be now.

Last time out at The Hawthorns, Millwall grabbed a point with a physical and battling performance that lead to them coming from behind to pick up a draw.

On-loan Arsenal man Dan Ballard scored to cancel out Kyle Bartley's opener in a resilient performance away from home.

Albion also have their own battle to win after a dreadful showing against the Lilywhites last Wednesday.

Their inability to keep the ball meant they were unable to gain any sort of control over the game and allowed Ryan Lowe's side to take advantage of their wilting confidence.

After going without a win in three away games, they must put on a better showing to convince fans that they're still up to the challenge.

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  • Ones to watch

Karlan Grant

Albion will be desperate to get themselves back in their fans' good books, and that'll only start if they start firing in the attacking front.

Former Huddersfield Town, Charlton Athletic and Cambridge United man Grant will need to have his shooting boots on if this is to happen.

After hitting double figures with a goal versus Peterborough United, he'll be gunning for more strikes in this one.

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Benik Afobe

Formerly of Wolves, Afobe would love nothing more than to score against West Brom.

His last strike came against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup where he capitalised on a mistake from keeper Jack Butland.

With top-scorer Bradshaw missing, Rowett needs someone to step up and score the goals.

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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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