Build-Up To The New Season – West Brom

Team: West Bromwich Albion

Nickname: The Baggies

Founded: 1878

Manager: Tony Pulis

Stadium Name: The Hawthorns

Stadium Capacity: 26,852

Major Honours: (1) First Division, (3) Second Division, (5) F.A Cup, (1) League Cup, (2) Community Shield

Main Rivals: Wolves, Aston Villa, Birmingham

Biggest Win v Brighton: 5-0 (September 1982)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 3-1 (March 1993)

Last Meeting: West Brom 3-1 Brighton (3/4/93)

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 9th September (AMEX Stadium), Saturday 13th January (The Hawthorns)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Ben Foster

Defender: Gareth McAuley

Midfielder: Claudio Yacob

Striker: Jay Rodriguez

 

West Brom are one of those teams in the Premier League who wont battle for Europe and wont be in a relegation scrap, they are happy to sit in mid-table. It was much of the same last season too, finishing 10th after a long period of being inside the top 8 (18 games). Much like most team sin the Premier, they pick most of their points up at home, but fair pretty badly on the road, and that was no exception last year; 9 home wins compared to 3 away. Had they not gone on their 8 game winless run in their final 8 games of the season, they could have finished much higher. You would expect them this season to be in the same position as previous campaigns and another top 10 finish is the most likely outcome.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 10th

Predicted Finish 9th

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