Time is running out for both Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion to finish their seasons in the best possible manner — with City needing a victory to keep themselves in the title race, while West Brom need a win to lift themselves away from the relegation mire. This one has the opportunity to come alive very quickly especially if there's an early goal.
None of this should have happened. Never have I seen a Premier League team defend as listlessly as Spurs did against West Brom. Never have I seen a Premier League team concede the initiative asneedlessly asWest Brom.
First half excruciating, mindless Spurs defending. Second West Brom sat back and took their punishment.
With most eyes on Sunday's title race clash between Liverpool and Manchester City, Everton jumped over Arsenal and into fourth place in the Premier League on a day when a number of teams boosted their survival hopes.
With the top three in the Premier League all in action on Sunday, and Arsenal on FA Cup semi-final duty later on Saturday, Everton took advantage by winning 1-0 at bottom-placed Sunderland.
While West Brom are looking over their shoulders with dread and Spurs are looking ahead of them with optimism; both of these teams are united in their need to take three points from this game. Baggies boss Pepe Mel knows that a five-point advantage is next to nothing because Norwich, immediately below them, could improve [.
In a sign of pure panic, Norwich City have sacked Chris Hughton and his backroom staff with just five games left in the season. The Canaries announced their youth coach Neil Adams, who guided the young Canaries to FA Youth Cup glory last year, has been named first-team manager.
After losing 1-0 ay home to West Brom at the weekend, Norwich have a five-point lead over third from bottom Fulham, who they pay this weekend.
Chris Brunt Will Be A Big Loss For West Brom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Going into a vital run of fixtures, West Bromwich Albion will be without captain Chris Brunt after it was revealed he would be ruled out for up to six after suffering medial ligament damage against Manchester United.
Top Six Premier League Bad Boys of the Season so far - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With the likes of Mario Balotelli and Joey Barton out of sight (for now), there is room for a new batch of bad boys to vilify!
While none of the players on my list are 'pantomime villains' as the aforementioned two most certainly were, this bunch have been noticeably card-happy this season, falling nicely into the necessary parameters I've set.
West Brom need to take the positives from the Man United game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
West Bromwich Albion suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United in their fight to avoid relegation and there is a lot of negativity around the club. The manager is under pressure already, the team are struggling to score goals and pick up wins, but there were some positives from the game.
Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 29 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:
Saturday, March 8:
West Brom vs Manchester United, 7:45am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Efan Ekoku Cardiff vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis Crystal Palace vs Southampton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Phil Blacker & Dean Sturridge Norwich vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Ray Houghton Chelsea vs Spurs, 12:30pm, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Bookmark thePremier League TV scheduleguide for upcoming TV and Internet times.
Can West Brom Do The Double Over Man United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
West Bromwich Albion face Manchester United in the league next as they battle against relegation and they will be hoping for the same result at Old Trafford. The fans will be asking, can they do a famous double over the Premier League champions?
Should Scott Sinclair Start In The West Brom First Team? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
West Bromwich Albion sit in 17th place in the Premier League, just one point ahead of Sunderland after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Fulham. After the game Manchester City loanee Scott Sinclair expressed his displeasure at the club because he is not featuring regularly in the side.
The Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini has been interviewed for thematch day program notes for tomorrow's game against Aston Villa. Fabricio Coloccini will return tomorrow The Argentine International injured his knee in the 1-0 defeat at West Brom, and that was only minutes after Mathieu Debuchy had been sent off, and was subsequently suspended for [.
Will West Brom Struggle To Avoid Relegation? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
West Bromwich Albion sit just one place above the relegation zone, loitering above Sunderland on goal difference having played a game more and former manager Steve Clarke has come out and said that they may struggle to avoid relegation.
Tottenham's players have been training in the sunshine today as they prepare for Saturday's game against West Brom. Tim Sherwood's side will be hoping to build on the comprehensive win against Sunderland on Monday evening. In-form Christian Eriksen is likely to have a key role at the Hawthorns. Training snapshot: @ChrisEriksen8 and @friedel_b all smiles [.
Gareth McAuley (@G23mcauley) fires the ball into the press box and smashes one of our laptops #NORWBA #fine pic.twitter.com/s1osVZhc3t WBAFCofficial (@WBAFCofficial) April 5, 2014 West Brom defender Gareth McAuley is not flavour of the month with the club's media team. He smashed one of their laptops after blasting the ball into the crowd during [.
During the course of yesterday's 0-1 victory over Norwich City, West Brom centre-back Gareth McAuley lumped a clearance into the stands which not only landed in the press gantry at Carrow Road it also, in a display of pinpoint accuracy not seen since Stiliyan Petrov hit Robbie Savage in the face, completely decimated one of his own club's laptops.
If you follow football, which in all fairness you should do if you are on this website, you may have heard about the Nicolas Anelka sacking over at West Bromwich Albion for gross misconduct. He was not actually sacked immediately after the â€˜quenelle' gesture he made after scoring against West Ham. It was his unprofessional [.
West Brom have sacked Nicolas Anelka for 'gross misconduct' after he announced he was leaving the club on Twitter. In a bit of a bizarre 'no, we broke up with you first' situation, the Baggies released a statement saying that Anelka's decision to quit was not legally sound and they have now sacked him instead.
Manchester United may have come out on top in today's 0-3 win at West Brom, but there were still a few areas of concern very much apparent. David Moyes' side have had a lot of problems recently and when Juan Mata was bought to add creativity, he came with his own liability to the side. [...]
Manchester United got back to winning ways against West Brom today with one eye on the past and one eye on the future. A relatively youthful defence put in a decent display to provide the platform that allowed the champions to coast to the sort of regulation win we were accustomed to before this season.
Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has been shown a yellow card for this attempted reenaction of Diego Maradona's Hand of God during today's game at West Brom. The teenage winger whose willingness to bend the rules has already brought him some negatve headlines during his fledgling career handled the ball above Baggies keeper [.
Nothing less than three points will do for David Moyes this weekend as he faces gardening duty straight in the face despite the backing of the club surely more dropped points against West Brom would change their tune!
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West Brom have conceded the highest proportion of first half goals in the Barclays Premier League this season (54%).
Manchester United manager David Moyes badly needs this game, not to exact vengeance to what happened at Old Trafford earlier this season but to move on from what happened in Greece. West Brom boss Pepe Mel is also in desperate need for a victory because a winless streak spanning his entire West Brom career leaves [.
Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is set to miss Holland's game against France this evening through illness and is now a doubt for his side's game at West Brom on Saturday. The Dutchman is "sick in bed", according to Holland boss Louis Van Gaal, and was unable to train yesterday. Van Gaal admits [.
Tottenham's players have been training in the sunshine today as they prepare for Saturday's game against West Brom. Tim Sherwood's side will be hoping to build on the comprehensive win against Sunderland on Monday evening. Training snapshot: @ChrisEriksen8 and @friedel_b all smiles in training today.
Bad news today for Chris Hughton and assistant manager Colin Calderwood as Chris was fired today following Norwich's 1-0 home defeat by fellow stragglers West Brom on Saturday. Chris Hughton fired as Norwich manager Norwich City announced the firing today on their web-site, and this si some of what was posted: Norwich City can [.
West Brom striker Saido Berahino reportedly suffered a head injury in a dressing room bust-up following last Saturday's 3-3 draw with Cardiff. With the Baggies 3-2 up, the England Under-21 star led a four-on-two injury time breakaway. Rather than heading for the corner or passing to a team-mate, his tame attempted cross found a Cardiff [.
In a season of lows and false dawns, today's game runs the risk of being both without hopefully being neither, for it is complicated to fully analyse United's 3-0 win at West Bromwich.
Did United simply make the most of West Brom's deficiencies or has the penny finally dropped and has David Moyes realised that he has to build a system around his players to maximise their strengths, rather than shuffle his personnel around desperately trying to come up with the magic equation that will fit his archaic tactics?
Both these club's have little or no form to go by whatsoever as both clubs have endured a bit of a merry go round with managers this season and both look destined for the drop with Fulham propping up the table and West Brom above the drop zone via goal difference.