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Dobbie or not Dobbie? That is one of the questions
Albion have had to make some big selection decisions for today’s visit from Middlesbrough.
For the first time, all eight of their summer signings are available.
They also have Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Buckley back from injury.
Barring any concerns over his recovery from a hamstring problem, six-goal Mackail-Smith will start.
Stephen Dobbie and Ashley Barnes are top contenders to play just off the Scottish international.
In his predicted team line-up in The Argus today, chief sports reporter Andy Naylor leaves open the possibility of either man starting.
Hard-working Barnes has been a mainstay for Gus Poyet but the Seagulls boss also believes Dobbie can make a huge impact at The Amex.
Poyet praised the work of David on the right wing in the 0-0 draw at Derby last time out but the Spaniard will face stiff competition for a place from Buckley.
The return to fitness of Andrew Crofts contributes to a fierce battle for midfield places.
Sources on Teesside admit the Boro line-up is impossible to predict.
But, in the absence of four-goal top scorer Lucas Jutkiewicz (knee), the attack looks certain to revolve around clever Dutch striker Marvin Emnes.
Jonathan Woodgate should return from a hamstring injury in central defence.
Woodgate and Poyet talk about enjoying success together at Spurs as part of our five-page match preview in The Argus today.
As well as predicted line-ups, you will find a scouting report and stats detailing how the big game is expected to go from both Albion and Boro perspectives.
Albion (possible): Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Orlandi, Crofts; David or Buckley, Barnes or Dobbie, Mackail-Smith.
Middlesbrough (possible): Steele; Parnaby, Woodgate, Bikey, Friend; McEachran, Leadbitter, Thomson, Reach; McDonald, Emnes.
Ref: Andy D’Urso
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