West Bromwich Albion vs Barnsley preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Jake Livermore challenges during the reverse fixture between the two sides - Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to finish in the top 10 with a victory over already-relegated Barnsley on the final day of the EFL Championship season.

The Tykes' relegation was confirmed following defeat to Yorkshire rivals, Huddersfield Town with only three games to play.

Meanwhile, the Baggies will be aiming to put an underwhelming campaign to bed, with them settling for their lowest league position since 2000.

  • Team news

Albion vice-captain Kyle Bartley will miss out as he awaits a scan on an injury sustained in training.

The defender twisted his ankle and Steve Bruce has ruled him out of playing a part in the clash with the Reds.

Conor Townsend is also a doubt for this clash after the defender came off at halftime during the victory over Reading.

Youngster Zac Ashworth came on in his place and is likely to retain his spot after an impressive second-half performance.

Right-back Darnell Furlong returns from his suspension after being sent off during the 4-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.

He was dismissed following two yellow cards in three minutes against the Reds.

As for Barnsley they are still fairly depleted in terms of first-team player ability.

Callum Brittain is a doubt alongside Devante Cole and Josh Benson, whilst Carlton Morris could also miss out.

They're likely to start a number of academy products, with Jason Sraha and Aiden Marsh likely to grab consecutive starts.

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  • Predicted lineups

West Bromwich Albion:

(4-2-3-1) Button, Ashworth, Clarke, O'Shea, Gardner-Hickman, Diangana, Livermore, Molumby, Phillips, Robinson, Grant

Barnsley:

(3-4-3) Walton, Kitching, Sraha, Moon, Hondermarck, Wolfe, Marsh, Styles, Adeboyejo, Oduor, Morris

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  • Form guide

Both teams have enjoyed contrasting campaigns in comparison with their expectations.

The Reds finished fifth last season under boss Valerien Ismael, but have suffered a downfall unlike any other since the Frenchman opted to move to The Hawthorns at the beginning of the season.

But it's arguable that the same has happened with Albion since Ismael took over, with the Midlands side plummeting down the league after a promising start.

Since the boss left Oakwell, they have employed two permanent managers with both Markus Schopp and Poya Asbaghi taking the reigns in hope of rediscovering last season's fairytale form.

However, they now sit bottom of the division, having created very little in an attacking sense all season.

The Baggies have also disappointed their supporters greatly.

Tipped for promotion at the beginning of the campaign, many thought they would join Fulham and AFC Bournemouth in the race for the automatic promotion spots.

But their season has contrasted from the expectations upheld prior to the season start.

Their form dipped dramatically as Bruce attempted to pick up the pieces from Ismael's troubled time at the club.

It took the former Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United boss six games to pick up his first victory in charge, and his form since hasn't been plain sailing.

Their intermittent victories continued to give them a glimmer of hope they could grasp a play-off place, but Bruce's side continued to falter when the pressure was on.

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  • Ones to watch

Zac Ashworth

The 19-year-old made his league debut at the Select Car Leasing Stadium last time out and left many impressed with his showing.

He's been integral to the under-23's run to the Premier League Cup final, pitching in at left-back to help them set up a tie with Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And his first-team chance may have come along just in time, with him impressing during the Reading victory.

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Callum Styles

This one could be his last game in a Barnsley shirt.

After relegation was confirmed, it was possible that the versatile midfielder could be on his way out.

Integral during the Tykes’ promotion push last season, he hasn't quite hit the heights of his form during the last campaign.

But there's no doubt plenty of clubs will circle for the 22-year-old this summer.

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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 12:30 BST on Saturday, May 7.

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