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Posted Tuesday, April 9th 2019

Baker's back for WBA showdown

Nathan Baker makes his first City start since January; one of three changes for the visit of West Bromwich Albion tonight (KO 7.45pm).

Baker steps into defence and is joined by the returning Andreas Weimann and Niclas Eliasson.

Head Coach Lee Johnson has opted to rest Bailey Wright, Matty Taylor and Jamie Paterson on the bench.

Johnson said: “Bakes has trained really well and it’s been difficult for him because of the form of Bailey Wright and Tomas Kalas. But today we feel it is the right time to give Bails a bit of a rest and show what Baker can do. It gives us a bit of balance, particularly with his left foot, and he is a physical player.

“It’s great news on Andi Weimann because at one point we did think it was season ending, so it almost feels like a new signing.

“He’s on a rich vein of form with the hat-trick that he scored and he’ll be full of energy which is important tonight because it’s a tough game and we need our energetic players to give us a threat in behind.

“I want to see Niclas influence games, not just from the bench but from the start and I want to see him do it against the top six teams in the Championship. It shows the trust I have got in him to pick him for this big game.”

City: O'Leary, Hunt, Webster, Baker, Kalas, Dasilva, Brownhill, Pack, Weimann, Eliasson, Diédhiou. Subs: Marinovic, Kelly, Wright, Pisano, Palmer, Paterson, Taylor.

West Brom: Johnstone, Bartley, Johansen, Livermore, Edwards, Dawson, Harper, Holgate, Townsend, Gayle, Rodriguez. Subs: Bond, Gibbs, Robson-Kanu, Brunt, Mears, Leko, Adarabioyo.

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