Another transfer setback for Chelsea on deadline day

Premier League champions Chelsea can’t seem to get anything right in the transfer market of late. After losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, the Blues have now reportedly lost Swansea striker Fernando Llorente to Tottenham. Yesterday we reported that Blues manager Antonio Conte is keen to sign the former Juventus striker, but Spurs have gazumped their move on the deadline day. Spurs reportedly registered their interest in the player last-Wednesday and completed the signing by Thursday morning. According to La Liga journalist Guillem Blagaue, Llorente has agreed on a £12m move…

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West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City predictions and betting tips

Can West Bromwich Albion continue their fairy-tale start to the season when they host Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon? The Baggies have won their opening two fixtures, and currently sit joint-top of the league table. They are one of the three sides to have maintained a perfect record this season and are yet to concede a goal. Baggies started the season with a 1-0 home win against Bournemouth, and last weekend they repeated the same scoreline at Burnley. Tony Pulis’ men also registered a 3-1 League Cup…

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Burnley vs West Bromwich predictions and betting tips

Burnley produced the shock of the opening weekend when they defeated Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday. The Clarets were notoriously terrible on the road last season, and no one would have seen them getting three points at the home of the current champions. They return to the comforts of Turf Moor this weekend to take on West Brom. The Baggies have also started their new campaign on a victorious note as summer-signing Ahmed Mehgazi scored a header to help them to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Continue reading our…

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Arsenal to make new bid for striker, Gunners identify surprising defensive target

Arsenal are set to make an improved bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette next week. Sky Sports claims that the Gunners, who have already had their initial bid of £30 million rejected for the striker, still remain interested in him. Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas has on multiple occasions insisted that the 25-year-old is not for sale, but it is believed that a bid in the region of 40 million could get the Gunners their man. The France international, who scored 21 league goals for his club last season, signed a four-year…

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Premier League Season Review – West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion: 14th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Round Three As is the case for his great friend Sam Allardyce, having Tony Pulis at the helm is a virtually foolproof way of maintaining a club’s Premier League status, and West Brom continue to profit from that. This season they avoided the threat of relegation much more comfortably than they had in the previous two years as they spent long periods battling in mid-table, though never really in with a serious chance of breaking into the top half. The summer…

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West Brom vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

With no wins to their name since mid-March, West Bromwich Albion will hope to give their supporters a positive end to the season by beating a Liverpool side that has more than half an eye on Wednesday’s Europa League final. The home side cannot say that they have not had ample opportunity to end the barren run, with two penalties squandered at home to Watford and another last weekend at Bournemouth which would have given them a two-goal lead. The aim was 40 points, and they have achieved that comfortably…

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Bournemouth vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Both Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion are finding wins hard to come by as the Premier League season heads towards its conclusion, so will be equally determined to claim the spoils when they meet at the Vitality Stadium. The game at Everton last weekend will definitely have gone down as one Bournemouth should never have lost as they conceded two goals that were out of keeping with the general pattern of the game, while proving a little too wasteful at the other end. Benik Afobe was the main culprit as…

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West Brom vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United are just about still in the running for a top four place but they need to finish the season with a run of wins if they are to achieve that, beginning on Saturday when they travel north to face West Bromwich Albion. For the home side points have been tough to come by of late, but they got one against all the odds last time out at Tottenham, in all probability ending their opponents’ title aspirations in the process. Craig Dawson was the man at the centre…

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Tottenham vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham are playing like a side that looks more than good enough to win the Premier League title, and on Monday they continue their pursuit of leaders Leicester City with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion. Ahead of their game last week at Stoke City leading scorer Harry Kane posted an image depicting prowling lions, acting as a metaphor for Tottenham’s determined bid to catch Leicester. It may have been interpreted by some as a show of over-confidence in his side’s ability, but they showed totally what they were…

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Liverpool joined by Chelsea in pursuit of Ligue 1 star, striker linked with shock move

Recently we reported that Liverpool are interested in signing Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The former Newcastle striker, following his disappointing spells with Newcastle and Hull City, seemed to have turned his career around and has scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 this season. His performances have surely caught the attention of some major clubs as French publication L’Equipe are now claiming that Chelsea have joined Liverpool in the pursuit of the 27-year-old. According to the report, the Blues have already contacted the player’s representatives to discuss a possibility of a summer…

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Arsenal vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal are now facing an inexplicable battle to ensure a top four finish, and their latest test sees them take on a West Bromwich Albion side that has taken only one point from their last four Premier League outings. It must be incredibly frustrating to be an Arsenal supporter at this moment in time. Their team continues to flatter to deceive and lack the killer instinct to be in the title reckoning, while the sight of bitter rivals Tottenham lying above them in the table and showing all the characteristics…

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West Brom vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides that done enough to ensure safety with plenty of time to spare meet in the West Midlands on Saturday as West Bromwich Albion aim to end a run of three games without a win by getting the better of Watford. In the build up to West Brom’s game at Manchester City last time out, the feeling was that they would likely sit back for the majority of the game and defend in numbers, with attacks of their own few and far between. But a glance at their starting…

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Man City vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

After gaining a positive result in Europe in midweek, Manchester City continue their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four as they entertain West Bromwich Albion. It was far from a defensive masterclass, but a draw and two away goals against Paris St. Germain will have buoyed Man City, but they cannot lose focus on this encounter ahead of the second leg of that tie, which takes place on Tuesday. One thing is for sure is that this match will follow a much different pattern, as West Brom…

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Sunderland vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be desperate to claim a vital home win when they welcome mid-table West Bromwich Albion to the Stadium of Light, the kind of game they have to take three points from if they wish to survive. It was agonising again for Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce as his team were unable to hang on to another lead in their last game, this time away to arch rivals and fellow strugglers Newcastle United. It is a recurring theme that is threatening to undermine the frequent scoring exploits of Jermain…

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West Brom vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion will be attempting to make it four wins from five Premier League games as they take on a lowly Norwich City side desperate for its first three-point haul since the beginning of January. The impressive sequence for the Baggies has raised hopes that they could achieve a top-half finish for the first time in three years, and it has coincided with the return of Saido Berahino to the fold after months on the sidelines as a result of his desire to leave. The striker brings an extra dimension to…

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West Brom vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be aiming to continue their renewed assault on the top four of the Premier League by registering their fifth consecutive win in all competitions when they play West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The home side are good form themselves and have shown some attacking vigour while taking four points which have seemingly put them well out of the reach of the bottom three. There was plenty of creativity and flair on display in their last home match against Crystal Palace as the front three wreaked havoc, and…

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Leicester vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

After their late heroics at the weekend, Leicester City will hope to remain ahead of the rest by claiming victory at home to West Bromwich Albion, who are now well clear of danger. The match against Norwich City on Saturday was a new test for the leaders, who have been used to seeing opposition teams come on to them, which has given them the opportunity to counter-attack in such devastating fashion. That has been the blueprint of their success this term, but Norwich decided to come to the King Power…

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West Brom vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be desperately looking to end their awful run of results in the Premier League by winning away to fellow mid-table side West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s late kick-off. The home side were in need of a victory themselves last time out in the top-flight when they travelled to Everton, and in a fashion typical of a Tony Pulis team, they delivered the goods right when it mattered. They had to withstand almost constant pressure throughout the 90 minutes, but a performance characterised by rock-solid defensive organisation and a…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Everton vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be looking for their third Premier League win in a row when they play host to a West Bromwich Albion side that needs points to avoid being dragged into a battle to avoid relegation. A dominant display against Newcastle United that saw two late penalties give their winning margin a comprehensive look, may just have been the catalyst for a strong final few months of the season for Everton, who have hit back brilliantly after being harshly denied a place in the final of the Capital One Cup.…

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Newcastle vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Currently two points adrift of safety, Newcastle United will be hoping to boost their Premier League survival hopes with a win over West Bromwich Albion, whose fears will increase should they lose on Tyneside. There have been some positive signs coming from Newcastle in recent weeks both in terms of their efforts on the pitch and their dealings during the January transfer window, but they took something of a step back in midweek as they suffered an eventually heavy defeat away to Everton. While it was only two late penalties…

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West Brom vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be looking for their third consecutive Premier League victory when they head to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion, who are just three points above them in the current standings. Head Coach Tony Pulis blamed a busy schedule for West Brom’s indifferent performance at home to lowly Aston Villa in their last match, which came just a week after they were well beaten 3-0 at Southampton, so he will be hoping that any fatigue will have subsided as they take on one of their direct rivals…

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West Brom vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be aiming to make it seven points from nine when they make the short trip to face Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion, who are after their third straight home win in the league. The last Premier League outing for West Brom was a highly uncharacteristic 3-0 defeat at Southampton, where they struggled to get going from the first whistle and never looked likely to get back into the match after conceding the penalty kick that led to them going two goals down inside 35 minutes. Head Coach…

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Southampton vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion will be attempting to win for the third time in four Premier League matches as they come up against a Southampton side that lies above them in table through goal difference alone. Wednesday evening saw Southampton record a welcome victory over a below-par Watford and deliver some respite after a mightily challenging few weeks which had seen a downturn in results, indiscipline among the squad, and some of the club’s key players being linked with a move away during the January transfer window. The performance was much more…

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Chelsea vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be hoping to make it eight points from a possible 12 under interim boss Guss Hiddink as they take on West Bromwich Albion, who are three points above their opponents after two straight wins. After going away to Manchester United and getting the clean sheet they wanted, Chelsea looked much more like their old selves in sweeping aside the challenge of London rivals Crystal Palace. They spent the majority of the first half hour of match forced back into their own half, but once Diego Costa unselfishly set…

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