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The Reds travel to The Hawthorns following a thrilling 4-2 victory at Manchester United in midweek, while West Brom’s relegation was confirmed with a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

Goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Nicolas Pepe and Willian were enough to confirm the Baggies’ relegation from the top flight, despite another great showing from Matheus Pereira.

The Blues entered the international break off the back of a 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup, while West Brom, who remain rooted inside the relegation zone, suffered a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the league last time out.,

West Brom are eight points behind Newcastle, having also played a game more, and quite simply need to win this contest if they are to have a realistic chance of beating the drop.

West Brom are currently 19th in the table, 11 points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United, while Brighton are 16th in England’s top flight, just four points clear of the relegation zone.

Mike Dean, refereeing his first match since asking for a break after receiving death threats on social media, gave Ajayi his marching orders as the defender’s handball denied Matej Vydra from going clean through.

The 28-year-old began training with the Baggies last week in the hope of proving his fitness and earning a deal until the end of the campaign.

Spurs have lost three games in a row to completely end any hope of a title challenge, while West Brom are winless in four and are facing a swift return to the Championship.

While the home side have gone five matches without recording maximum points, the Baggies last recorded success on November 28 when they edged out bottom-placed Sheffield United.