Wednesday 29 January 2020

WEST BROM

Manager: Alan Irvine

Position last season: 17th

Nickname: The Baggies

Ground: The Hawthorns

Capacity: 26,500

Players in: Joleon Lescott (Man City, free), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, £10m), Craig Gardner (Sunderland, free), Chris Baird (Burnley, free), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool, season loan), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover, undisclosed fee), Jason Davidson ( Heracles Almelo, undisclosed), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg, undiclosed)

Players out: Billy Jones (Sunderland, free) Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers, free), Steven Reid (Burnley, free), Zoltan Gera (released)

Chances: Irvine is determined to make the most of his opportunity and prove he was not second choice after Tim Sherwood. A couple of promising summer signings may struggle to improve on what was a poor campaign where they only just avoided the drop. May well be a long season ahead at the Hawthorns, but the Baggies have bounced back from tougher times before to prove the doubters wrong.

Fixtures

August: 16 Sunderland (h) 3.0; 23 Southampton (a) 3.0; 30 Swansea (a) 3.0

September: 13 Everton (h) 3.0; 20 Tottenham (a) 3.0; 28 Burnley (h) 4.0, Sky Sports

October: 4 Liverpool (a) 3.0, Setanta Sports; 20 Man Utd (h) 8.0; 25 Crystal Palace (h) 3.0, Setanta Sports

November: 1 Leicester (a) 3.0; 9 Newcastle (h) 1.30, Sky Sports; 22 Chelsea (a) 3.0, Setanta Sports; 29 Arsenal (h) 12.45, BT Sport

December: 2 West Ham (h) 8.0; 6 Hull (a) 3.0; 13 Aston Villa (h) 3.0; 20 QPR (a) 3.0; 26 Man City (h) 3.0; 28 Stoke (a) 3.0

January: 1 West Ham (a) 3.0; 10 Hull (h) 3.0; 17 Everton (a) 3.0; 31 Tottenham (h) 3.0

February: 7 Burnley (a) 3.0; 10 Swansea (h) 8.0; 21 Sunderland (a) 3.0; 28 Southampton (h) 3.0

March: 3 Aston Villa (a) 7.45; 14 Stoke (h) 3.0; 21 Man city (a) 3.0

April: 4 QPR (h) 3.0; 11 Leicester (h) 3.0; 18 Crystal Palace (a) 3.0; 25 Liverpool (h) 3.0

MAY: 2 Man Utd (a) 3.0; 9 Newcastle (a); 16 Chelsea (h) 3.0; 24 Arsenal (a) 3.0

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