Birmingham City vs West Brom TEAM NEWS: Taylor back for Blues, Albion unchanged!

Team news as we build up to the derby LIVE from St Andrew’s

The team news is in for the second west midlands derby of the weekend and this time it’s Birmingham City and West Brom going to battle for the bragging rights.

Albion took the reverse fixture 1-0 back in October but it’s been all change for both since that day.

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Bowyer, boosted by the return of a number of key players over the course of the last few weeks sticks with the ever-present Neil Etheridge in goal.

It looks like a back four with Maxime Colin, Nico Gordon, Marc Roberts and Kristian Pedersen.

Gary Gardner and Juninho Bacuna are holding with Onel Hernandez and Tahith Chong in front.

Lyle Taylor partners Scott Hogan up top.

West Brom also have a near fully fit squad to choose from aside from Daryl Dike who looks set to miss the remainder of the season through injury.

And it’s unchanged from the team that suited up before the international break.

Sam Johnstone starts in goal with a back five of Darnell Furlong, Sem Ajayi, Matt Clarke, Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend.

Alex Mowatt, Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Jake Livermore are the middle three with Karlan Grant and Calum Robinson the fire power up top.

Teams in full

Birmingham City (4-2-2-2): Etheridge; Colin, Gordon, Roberts, Pedersen; Gardner, Bacuna; Hernandez, Chong; Taylor, Hogan.

Subs: Trueman, Sunjic, Woods, Graham, Richards, Bela, Jutkiewicz

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

Subs: Button, O’Shea, Kipre, Reach, Molumby, Diangana, Carroll

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