West Bromwich Albion Preview

Thursday 12 September 2013 12:06

Saturday sees Fulham play host to West Bromwich Albion as both sides look to kick-start their seasons...

West Bromich Albion

CLUB COLOURS: Blue and white stripes

NICKNAME: The Baggies 

STADIUM: The Hawthorns

PREMIER LEAGUE POSITION 2012/13: 8th

RESULTS SO FAR: Southampton (h) lost 1-0, Everton (a) drew 0-0, Swansea City (h) lost 2-0

THE GAFFER: Steve Clarke – Appointed Albion boss in June 2012 after more than a decade in assistant manager roles, most notably with Chelsea following Jose Mourinho’s 2004 arrival. Immediately prior to his appointment at The Hawthorns he had been assistant during Kenny Dalglish’s reign at Liverpool as well as spending time at West Ham United with Gianfranco Zola.

TACTICS: Albion have switched formations in recent games. They started with a 4-3-3 formation in the home defeat by Swansea City having lined up in a 4-4-1-1 style at Everton three weeks ago. New arrivals may well alter the line-up significantly on Saturday afternoon, with the likes of Scott Sinclair and recent signings Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe all vying for starting roles.

Three To Watch

Nicolas Anelka: Signed on a free transfer this summer following his release by Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. Spent the latter part of last season on loan at Juventus. First arrived in the Premier League with Arsenal who signed him in 1997 from Paris Saint-Germain. Later had spells at Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbahc and Bolton Wanderers.

Jonas Olsson: Strong, central defender who can also operate at left-back. An experienced Sweden international, he took part in Euro 2012. Arrived at The Hawthorns in August 2008 from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. A firm fans’ favourite, he signed a new four-year contract last season.

James Morrison: Scotland international who scored against England in the recent Wembley friendly. A product of the highly-rated Middlesbrough academy, he moved to The Hawthorns in August 2007 and has been part of two promotion-winning sides. A consistent performer with a high work rate.

West Brom In Numbers

5 - Times FA Cup winners

6 - Scotland caps won by manager Steve Clarke

6 - Albion bosses since the Millennium

12 - Goals scored in record League victory - a 12-0 win v Darwen in April 1892

1968 - Year West Brom first played in European competition

26,272 - Capacity of The Hawthorns