West Bromwich Albion will look to seal a spot at Wembley Stadium in the Championship play-off final on Tuesday evening when they host Aston Villa in the second leg of their semi-final, with Sky Sports suggesting Rekeem Harper could be in line for a recall for the clash.

The Baggies will be forced to make one change for the contest, with leading scorer and danger man Dwight Gayle suspended after his red card at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, and the young midfielder could be the beneficiary.

Hal Robson-Kanu would have been the most obvious stand-in for West Brom, but he is also serving a ban after his dismissal against Derby County on the final day of the regular season.

That leaves Baggies interim boss Jimmy Shan short of options up top, which could well lead to him changing the formation of his side, ahead of this eagerly anticipated second leg.

West Brom know they have to win the match to at least force extra time in the tie, but if they can win by two or more on the night they will be able to book their travel to Wembley Stadium, where Derby or Leeds United will be waiting for them.

The Baggies have already drawn 2-2 with Villa at The Hawthorns this season, but they know they have to better that result if they are to keep their campaign alive.

The omens do not look good for West Brom however, with statistics suggesting that Gayle will be a massive miss for them. Not only did the Newcastle United loanee bag their goal in the first leg at Villa Park, but Shan’s side have just a 33% win record without him in their starting line up.

With that in mind, the Baggies are going to have to defy all the odds if they are to make a trip up Wembley Way, but after the events of the last week or so in the football world, you would be foolish to give them no chance of doing it.


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