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22 September 2015

Nickname: The Baggies
Manager: Tony Pulis
2014-15: 13th
Ground: The Hawthorns

Tony Pulis admits he will have to shuffle his pack for Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie.

The Baggies' boss alerted fans to a number of injury worries in his squad ahead of the Third Round clash at Carrow Road.

"I think it's only right to let the supporters know we will have to make changes," he told on Tuesday.

"I will still put out what I consider to be a strong team and I am desperate to win the game - I think I've already shown that I have a commitment and respect to cup competitions.

"But it's only fair the supporters are aware that on this occasion we will be forced into changes."

Saido Berahino put a summer of discontent behind him by netting the winning goal in Saturday's West Midlands derby against Aston Villa.

The striker was courted by Tottenham Hotspur throughout the transfer window, and even threatened to never play for West Brom again via a tweet sent in the heat of discussions between the two clubs.

Eventually he stayed put after showdown talks with the staff and his teammates at the Hawthorns, and the England Under-21 international's weekend exploits will have done his hopes of forgiveness no harm.

Berahino, 22, joined West Brom at Under-12s level after fleeing war-torn Burundi with his family. He scored a hat-trick on his first senior start in a Capital One Cup game against Newport County in 2013, and has gone on to make 82 appearances so far for the club.

Tony Pulis' team are yet to concede a goal on the road this season following their narrow victory over Villa at the weekend.

The Baggies backed up their win at Stoke City with a second 1-0 away triumph on the bounce, earning the local bragging rights over Tim Sherwood's side.

Saido Berahino, as previously outlined, struck the only goal of the game six minutes before half-time, diverting James Morrison's goalbound shot beyond Brad Guzan for his first of the season.

They currently share an identical record with the Canaries in the Premier League, having won two, drawn two and lost two of their opening six matches.

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Boaz Myhill, Anders Lindegaard, Jack Rose.

Defenders: Jonas Olsson, James Chester, Jonny Evans, Sebastien Pocognoli, Cristian Gamboa, Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson, Callam Jones.

Midfielders: Claudio Yacob, James Morrison, Craig Gardner, Chris Brunt, James McClean, Callum McManaman, Darren Fletcher (c), Stephane Sessegnon, Serge Gnabry.

Attackers: Victor Anichebe, Rickie Lambert, Saido Berahino, Salomon Rondon, Adil Nabi, Tyler Roberts.

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