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WEST BROM v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

PUBLISHED

16:00 17th March 2016

by Ben Mouncer

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
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Nickname: The Baggies
Manager: Tony Pulis
2014-15: 13th
Ground: The Hawthorns

KEMP ON THIS WEEKEND
West Brom's assistant boss Dave Kemp (pictured below, left) doesn't want a fixture shortage to curtail their positive momentum.

With no domestic game last weekend and the Easter international break coming up, this Saturday's visit of the Canaries is their one match in a four-week period.

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"We’ve got nine games to go, it’s been a long season, we’re doing well, we want to keep the momentum going," he said. "The players have trained excellently, we’re very pleased with them.

"You just want to keep that going, you don’t want things to drop a notch, you want to keep them at a level they’re at. We’ve got the Norwich game and then we’ve got the international break, in the month of March we’ll only play once in four weeks. We don’t want to break the momentum."

STAR PLAYER
Jose Salomon Rondon has flourished since the turn of the year, justifying his high-profile summer move from Zenit St Petersburg with five goals in his last 11 appearances.

The Venezuela international got his break in European football when he signed for Spanish outfit Las Palmas as an 18-year-old in the summer of 2008.

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Productive spells at Malaga and Rubin Kazan earned him a move to Rubin's Russian league rivals Zenit, becoming the most expensive Venezuelan player in history.

West Brom paid a club record £12m for his services last August. Rondon scored the winner at Carrow Road in the reverse fixture back in October.

LAST TIME OUT
The Baggies remain unbeaten at home in 2016 after edging Manchester United 1-0 at the Hawthorns a fortnight ago.

Tony Pulis' side have pulled themselves away from trouble thanks to their form on familiar soil and they secured victory in this game following a hard-working performance.

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Their cause was helped in the first half when United's Juan Mata picked up the first red card of his career for two bookable offences inside three minutes.

Salomon Rondon scored midway through the second period by turning home Sebastien Pocognoli's excellent cross, lifting his team up to 11th in the Premier League.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Boaz Myhill, Jack Rose.

Defenders: Jonas Olsson, James Chester, Jonny Evans, Sebastien Pocognoli, Cristian Gamboa, Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson, Callam Jones.

Midfielders: Claudio Yacob, James Morrison, Craig Gardner, Chris Brunt, James McClean, Callum McManaman, Alex Pritchard, Darren Fletcher (c), Stephane Sessegnon, Sandro, Joe Ward.

Attackers: Victor Anichebe, Rickie Lambert, Saido Berahino, Salomon Rondon, Tyler Roberts, Jonathan Leko.

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