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Dunk and Jahanbakhsh to miss West Brom clash

Skipper and midfielder ruled out of Baggies contest on the south coast.

By Alex Stedman • 22 October 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk will be suspended for the game with West Brom.

Albion are back in Premier League action on Monday when they host West Brom at the Amex, kick off 5.30pm.

Alexis Mac Allister grabbed Albion a point against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, earning his side a deserved 1-1 draw with a 90th minute equaliser.

West Brom sit one place and two points behind Albion ahead of gameweek six. 

Slaven Bilic's men drew 0-0 with Burnley last Monday, while their last away game ended in a 2-0 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s. 

Monday's match will showcase the Premier League's 'No Room for Racism' campaign, promoting the league's zero-tolerance attitude towards racism and highlighting their commitment to equality and diversity. 

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, kick-off is at 5.30pm. 

Team news... 

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (hamstring) won’t be available according to head coach Graham Potter while Jose Izquierdo will continue his comeback with some minutes for the under-23s on Friday.

Davy Propper and Christian Walton are back in training but a decision on their possible participation will be made nearer to kick-off.

Asked about the potential inclusion of new signing Danny Welbeck in the squad, Potter said, "He's had two good days training with us and there will be two more sessions before the game.

"He's kept himself in really good shape and we’re delighted with how he’s fitted into the group on and off the pitch. We'll make a decision on Danny for Monday nearer the time."

Lewis Dunk starts a three-game ban following his red card on Sunday at Selhurst Park. 

Asked who will captain the side, Potter said, "We still have a bit of time to make that decision but there are some good candidates for us to think about."

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PL: Crystal Palace 1 Albion 1

Our last league fixture…

Crystal Palace 1
Zaha (19)

Albion 1
Mac Allister (90)

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn (Gross 82); White, Bissouma; Trossard (Mac Allister 78), Lallana (Connolly 78), March; Maupay. 

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bernardo, Veltman, Alzate.

Their last league fixture…

Burnley 0

West Brom 0

West Brom line-up: Johnstone (GK); Furlong, Townsend, Ivanovic, Hegazi; Livermore, Diangana, Krovinovic (Sawyers 79), Gallagher; Pereira (Phillips 88), Grant (Robinson 73).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea. 

The West Brom player to watch…

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West Bromwich Albion's Grady Diangana.

Grady Diangana has featured in all five of Albion’s league matches this seasonand opened his account for the new campaign at Everton in September.

The 22-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Baggies in the summer after making his loan move from West Ham permanent.

The midfielder played a prominent role in West Brom’s promotion last season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists. 

The history…

Albion secured their first win as a Premier League club in September 2017 when two goals from Pascal Gross and one by Tomer Hemed helped them to a 3-1 win against West Brom at the Amex.

That was the first meeting between the sides since 1993 when they won their respective home games 3-1 in the Second Division. 

The Baggies won the return fixture 2-0 in 2018, but Albion did win an FA Cup replay at the Hawthorns 3-1 after a goalless draw at the Amex during the club's run to the semi-final. 

This will be the 25th meeting between the teams. Albion have won six and there have been eight draws. 

Match officials…

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Assistants: Dan Robathan, Neil Davies. Fourth official: Gavin Ward. 

VAR: Martin Atkinson. Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.