Alan Pardew makes three changes as he goes in search of an elusive first Premier League win as Baggies boss.

Pardew welcomes back skipper Jonny Evans who missed the FA Cup win at Exeter City with a sore foot.

His absence sparked speculation he was finalising a move away from the Hawthorns, with Arsenal and Manchester City both interested.

But Pardew confirmed yesterday there have still been no bids for the coveted Northern Irishman.

Evans returns at the expense of compatriot Gareth McAuley who drops to the bench.

Craig Dawson replaces Allan Nyom in a straight swap at right-back.

And Matt Phillips is recalled after shaking off the persistent hamstring injury that kept him out of the cup tie.

The Scottish winger gets the nod over James McClean who starts on the bench.

Left-back Kieran Gibbs has recovered from the knock that forced him off in Devon.

Jake Livermore was used as an 85th minute substitute at Exeter in the wake of an angry confrontation with a West Ham fan at the London Stadium.

The former Spurs midfielder was taunted over the loss of his newborn son Jake Junior in May 2014 by a fan who has since been banned by the London club.

The England international is named among the subs once more.

James Morrison (Achilles) and Nacer Chadli (hip) remain long-term absentees for the Baggies who are aiming to secure a first Premier League win since August.

“Morrison and Chadli definitely won’t be available,” Pardew said.

“They won’t be available for another for four or five weeks.

“That’s a blow to us because those are two creative forces that have weakened our squad.

“I’ve not had them since I’ve been here apart from Chadli for about 20 minutes at Stoke, probably less than that.

“Everybody else is fit. We’ve had a week to prepare for this game - we’ve got no excuses going into it.”

Pardew admits his team have reached a “critical point” in their desperate bid to beat the drop.

And you can see why he's made that observation.

Because Albion are still in touch and could move to within one point of safety today, despite the club's dreadful 20-game winless streak.

Glenn Murray, a player Pardew knows well from their time together at Crystal Palace, leads the line for Brighton.

German creator Pascal Gross, who scored twice in the Seagulls' 3-1 win over the Baggies in September, will support Murray at the tip of what is expected to be a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Albion: (4-4-2)

Foster, Dawson, Evans, Hegazi, Gibbs, Brunt, Krychowiak, Barry, Phillips, Rodriguez, Rondon.

Subs:

Myhill, McAuley, Nyom, Livermore, McClean, Yacob, Robson-Kanu.

Brighton:

Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquieido, Gross, Murray.