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Michael Owen states his prediction for West Brom v Chelsea

18 November, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Carla Brady
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Heading into Saturday's home match against Chelsea in the Premier League, West Brom is one point above the relegation zone - in 16th place in the 20-team division - and on a run of just two wins in its last 20 league games stretching back to last season. "Fingers crossed we get the breaks". We've finished 13th, 14th and 10th.

Pressure is increasing on the owners to sack manager Tony Pulis, with his popularity amongst fans sliding rapidly after a poor start to the season.

"I understand. The more you give, the more people want".

For large parts of the previous campaign, the Baggies sat in eighth place before a late slump led to the West Midlands outfit eventually finishing in 10th spot, just one point off eighth-place Southampton.

He added: "If the club decide what they decide, I have got great respect for everybody at the football club, from the supporters to the chairman, to the board".

Morata has been involved in 10 goals in the last 10 games for Chelsea during his debut season.

The Blues will be aiming to make it four straight wins in what will be Antonio Conte's 50th Premier League game in charge of the club, while they will also be hoping to avoid losing further ground in the title race.

The frustration this season is compounded because of a feeling Pulis is working with the best squad West Brom have assembled in the Premier League era, after more than £40m was spent in the summer to bring in Burke, Jay Rodriguez, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth Barry among others as well as Grzegorz Krychowiak on loan.

"In the three years I've been here this club has been nowhere near getting relegated". Dovetail that with continued criticism of his approach - direct, unspectacular, risk-averse - and it's no surprise there are calls for change. "You can kick on from then".

As for the theory that seeing nine goals flying in at The Hawthorns in the last two games provides some sort of counterargument to criticism of his style of football, Pulis neglected to mention five were scored by the opposition. But he can not even guarantee that at the moment.


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