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CITY v WEST BROM: OPPOSITION VIEW

23 October 2015

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

PULIS ON CITY
Tony Pulis expects a stern test for his West Bromwich Albion side when they visit Carrow Road in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, the Baggies' manager said: "I watched Norwich's game against Newcastle, and it just conspired to go against them.

"We've already been there in the cup and know it's going to be a tough game. They made quite a lot of changes in that match, which shows they have a decent squad.

"It's a smashing football club with really passionate fans. The supporters know how important it is for them to back their team, so it's always a good atmosphere there."


Delivering his team news ahead of the contest, Pulis added: "James Morrison is struggling, which is disappointing for us as he has the quality to open teams up.

"He trained on Thursday but I don't think he was comfortable so we'll see. Other than that most of the squad are available for selection.

"Rickie Lambert is getting fitter, having come into the club off the back of not playing many games for Liverpool. I've seen an improvement, and he's looked sharp this week which is pleasing."

STAR PLAYER
Saido Berahino has put a difficult summer behind him to remain a central part of West Brom's attacking threat this season.

The striker was chased by Tottenham Hotspur throughout the transfer window, and even pledged to boycott the Baggies in a tweet sent as discussions between the two clubs ground to a halt.

However, Berahino was welcomed back into the fold once the window closed and responded in ideal fashion by netting the winner in September's 1-0 derby victory at Aston Villa.



He proved to have an equally decisive role in their most recent outing, scoring the only goal as they saw off Sunderland last weekend.

Finding the target 14 times during the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign, the 22-year-old will be hopeful of similar this term to boost his chances of breaking into the England senior team.

LAST TIME OUT
West Brom secured their third Barclays Premier League win of the season last weekend, edging to a 1-0 victory over struggling Sunderland at The Hawthorns.

A game of few chances was settled early in the second half, when a handling error from visiting goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon allowed Saido Berahino to score from close-range.


The result brought an end to Albion's run of three straight defeats in all competitions, which included last month's 3-0 Capital One Cup reverse to the Canaries at Carrow Road.

It also lifted the Baggies up to 13th place - the position they finished in last term - with 11 points from their opening nine matches.

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THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Boaz Myhill, Anders Lindegaard, 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, Darren Fletcher (c), Stephane Sessegnon, Serge Gnabry.

Attackers: Victor Anichebe, Rickie Lambert, Saido Berahino, Salomon Rondon, Adil Nabi, Tyler Roberts.



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