Albion will be playing for pride at the Emirates

Sam Allardyce takes his side to the Emirates on Sunday evening in the knowledge that Albion will be playing football in the Championship next season. The big unanswered question is whether Allardyce will be at the helm when the Baggies kick off their promotion challenge in August. Mathematically, of course, Albion can still escape. Four wins would lift them onto…

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Arsenal v West Brom – History and Statistics

With just one win in twelve games at Arsenal in the Premier League era, the Baggies have a pretty dreadful record in that particular part of north London in recent years. Even if you look back to Albion’s more successful eras, Highbury was never a happy hunting ground – not only did the Baggies win just ten of 54 matches…

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Baggies fight on with the short trip to Villa Park

Allardyce takes his Albion team to Villa Park on Sunday evening knowing that the gig is almost up in his attempt to keep his record of never being relegated from the Premier League. When the Baggies meekly surrendered to Dean Smith’s team in his first game in charge in the reverse fixture in December, I wonder whether Big Sam was…

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Aston Villa v West Brom – History and Statistics

Sunday’s game will be the 150th league meeting between Albion and Villa and it will the Baggies’ 73rd game at Villa Park in all competitions, the Villains’ home since 1897. All but one of Albion’s 21 away wins against their nearest neighbours have come at Villa Park with the first coming in September 1899 when Chippy Simmons and Ben Garfield…

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Albion survival bid continues at Leicester

In the midst of the furore surrounding the announcement of the proposed European Super League, Albion have been preparing to face the club that produced the most recent example of why true competition is worth maintaining. Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League victory in 2016 coming a season after their own great escape from relegation is one of the most endearing…

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