Sheffield United vs West Bromwich Albion preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Callum Robinson scores during the reverse fixture - Photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images

New West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Bruce will take charge of his first game as manager when his side face Sheffield United on Wednesday evening.

The Blades will be looking to extend their good run of form, having won their last three games.

  • Team news

It remains an unknown as to who Bruce may select for his maiden voyage as Albion boss.

However, he'll be unable to count upon Dara O'Shea, with this one likely to come too soon in the Republic of Ireland international's road to recovery.

The 22-year-old has been playing for the under-23's of late and could return next Monday against Blackburn Rovers.

Sam Johnstone should be back after a reported spat with former boss Valerien Ismael, it's likely that the new man in charge will bring the goalkeeper back into the XI.

Kyle Bartley is also a doubt with illness, along with Matt Phillips who picked up a knock in training.

January signing Daryl Dike will miss the next six weeks of action after picking up a hamstring injury on his home debut against Peterborough United.

On-loan Wolves man Morgan Gibbs-White isn't likely to get the chance to avenge his black country rivals, he's missing until the end of the month.

Former Liverpool and Swansea City striker Rhian Brewster also finds himself on the treatment table, a hamstring injury keeps him out until early March.

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  • Predicted lineups

West Brom:

(4-2-3-1) Johnstone, Townsend, Kipre, Clarke, Furlong, Livermore, Mowatt, Grant, Gardner-Hickman, Diangana, Carroll

Sheffield Utd:

(3-5-2) Foderingham, Davies, Egan, Basham, Norrington-Davies, Fleck, Berge, Norwood, Bogle, Sharp, N'Diaye

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  • Form guide

Albion have lost their last two league games against Millwall and Preston North End.

However, they now have a fresh start under Bruce who has secured promotion on four occasions with Birmingham City and Hull City respectively.

His new manager 'bounce' record tends to be quite successful with him getting a good reaction in the dressing room and leading to instant flurries of form.

It's a different story for Sheffield United who are aiming to expand their promising start to life under new boss Paul Heckingbottom.

The Blades have picked up three wins in as many games against Birmingham, Luton Town and Peterborough and they'll be hoping for further success at Bramall Lane on Wednesday.

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  • Ones to watch

Alex Mowatt

Joining with plenty of promise after his free transfer from Barnsley in the summer, it's fair to say that like the manager that he joined alongside, his season has been underwhelming.

The midfielder has been treating being in possession like playing a game of hot potato, and with several glimpses of his technical quality, Bruce should be able to convince him to show that more frequency.

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Billy Sharp

A veteran of EFL Championship football and currently the top second-tier scorer of all time, Sharp is likely to cause a serious threat to the Baggies’ defence.

He's United's top scorer so far this season and will be aiming to add to his goal tally for the campaign this Wednesday.

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  • How to watch/kick-off time

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 along with coverage via Sky Sports Red Button for subscription holders. Kick-off on Wednesday is set for 19:45 GMT.

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