Luton Town vs West Bromwich Albion preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Semi Ajayi leaps to head the ball during the 2019/20 season clash between the two sides - Photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion will be looking to put a run of four league games without victory behind them as they face Luton Town this Saturday.

The Hatters are hoping to bounce back after a disappointing 3-0 loss to Birmingham City in their last match.

  • Team news

Albion captain Jake Livermore will serve the second game of his suspension following his red card against Sheffield United.

The skipper was dismissed during Steve Bruce's first game in charge at Bramall Lane after hacking down Conor Hourihane in the midfield third.

Kyle Bartley will return to the side following his illness, giving a much-needed boost to the Baggies XI.

The vice-captain hasn't played a game under Bruce yet after he was hospitalised with an issue that turned out to be a case of chickenpox.

January signing Daryl Dike has stepped up his recovery from a hamstring injury as he returned to the training pitch on Wednesday.

The American international tweaked his hamstring during his home debut against Peterborough United, but the striker should be available following the upcoming March international break.

Nathan Jones will be without Sonny Bradley who underwent surgery on his groin, and is reportedly a matter of weeks away from first-team action.

Meanwhile, Jordan Clarke and Luke Berry are unlikely to make their return to the first-team squad, with Jones looking to keep injury risks at a minimum to prevent further blows to his side.

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  • Predicted lineups

West Brom:

(3-5-2) Johnstone, Ajayi, Bartley, O'Shea, Townsend, Mowatt, Molumby, Gardner-Hickman, Furlong, Grant, Carroll

Luton Town:
(3-5-2) Shea, Naismith, Lockyer, Burke, Bell, Mpanzu, Lansbury, Campbell, Bree, Adebayo, Cornick

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  • Form guide

The Hatters come into this one in good form, despite their defeat at the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium last time out.

Jones' men had previously gone five unbeaten in all competitions, including an FA Cup fourth-round victory over Cambridge United.

They'll be optimistic that they can leapfrog the Baggies, being only a point and a place below them in the EFL Championship.

Former Aston Villa, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday boss Bruce is yet to register his first victory as West Brom manager after taking over from Valerien Ismael.

He lost his opening game against the Blades but picked up a creditable draw against Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns last time out.

Bruce's personable character should breed confidence around the Albion training ground, but that's yet to come to fruition on the pitch, particularly in front of goal.

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  • Ones to watch

Andy Carroll

Signed as cover following the injury to Dike, the former Newcastle United, Liverpool and West Ham United man proved a worthy addition to the Baggies ranks.

His hold up play has been exceptional, but the 33-year-old will need support if he's going to prove effective.

Karlan Grant should partner him in a front two to get numbers around him when those lofty balls are played towards him.

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Elijah Adebayo

Formerly of fellow Black Country side Walsall, the forward bagged 18 goals throughout his two-year spell with the Saddlers.

Adebayo has proved a handful throughout his first couple of seasons in the second-tier.

In a partnership with Harry Cornick, the 24-year-old could provide a goalscoring touch this Saturday.

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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. Kick-off on Saturday February 19 is set for 15:00 GMT.

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