Birmingham City vs West Bromwich Albion preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Karlan Grant strikes during the reverse fixture between these two sides - Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion are looking to grab the bragging rights in this West Midlands derby clash with Birmingham City.

Both sides are experiencing under-par seasons but will be hoping to restore a sense of pride with victory at the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on Sunday.

  • Team news

Albion will likely be without January signing Daryl Dike until the end of the season, with the £7.5 million man suffering a setback in his rehabilitation.

The 21-year-old picked up a hamstring injury in only his second appearance for the club and since then a tendon issue in the same leg.

Absent striker Kenneth Zohore will also miss out on this one after a reinjury occurred in his first training session back.

Signed from Cardiff City in 2019, the forward hasn't featured for over half a year with his last appearance coming against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Andy Carroll will be available for selection after a knock kept him out of the draw with Bristol City.

The 33-year-old has six months left on his deal at The Hawthorns and will try to continue putting in performances in order to extend his stay.

Meanwhile, for Birmingham, on-loan Manchester United defender Teden Mengi will miss out due to a hamstring strain that should keep him out until the end of the month.

Troy Deeney could make his return to first-team action after he sustained a calf injury during the FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle.

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  • Predicted lineups

Birmingham City:

(3-5-2) Etheridge, Colin, Roberts, Gordon, Hernandez, Sunjic, Bacuna, Gardner, Graham, Chong, Hogan

West Brom:

(3-5-2) Johnstone, Clarke, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend, Mowatt, Livermore, Gardner-Hickman, Furlong, Grant, Robinson

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  • Form guide

Bruce's reign at the Baggies started in dire fashion, not winning in his first six games in charge and only scoring a single goal during that time.

However, a sudden upturn in form has meant Albion remain with the most outside chance of claiming a play-off place.

Karlan Grant's goals have propelled them to crucial points against Hull City and Huddersfield Town whilst Taylor Gardner-Hickman's midfield energy has also helped them on their way.

The Blues have clear daylight between themselves and the relegation zone despite sitting only 19th.

However, after only one win in their last seven, Lee Bowyer's side will be hoping they can end the season on a positive note to turn heads away from their ownership issues.

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  • Ones to watch

Matt Clarke

On loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, the defender has been in stellar form since the Baggies' return to a back three.

Clarke suffered a dip in form during the winter months, but his performances in the wins over Hull and Fulham have proved his value to their backline.

After Jayson Molumby's move was reportedly made permanent last week after he surpassed the required appearance threshold in his loan contract, it's a mystery as to whether the club may follow suit with the defender.

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Juninho Bacuna

Following his move from Rangers in January after only half a season at Ibroxthe Curacao international has impressed during his time in the Midlands so far.

His creative spark is starting to shine through and he could be the difference between the two sides on Sunday.

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  • How to watch & kick-off time

Coverage will be available for those in the UK and Ireland via WBATV and iFollow. Kick-off is set for 15:00 BST on Sunday, April 3.

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