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Watch Live: Watford vs. West Bromwich Albion (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Quique Flores’ Hornets drew Everton on Opening Day, and now they set their sights on a West Brom side that was beaten soundly by Manchester City (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET Saturday online via Live Extra).

Watford will welcome Premier League football back to town with the introduction of Odion Ighalo to the starting lineup after he scored as a substitute in a draw with Everton on Opening Day.

For West Brom, record signing Salomon Rondon is on the bench. Victor Anichebe is, too, while Brown Ideye is not, and the Rondon signing raises the question of whether one will skip town.

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Watford: Gomes (GK); Nyom, Cathcart, Prödl, Anya; Behrami, Capoue; Ighalo, Jurado, Layun; Deeney (c). Subs: Gilmartin (GK), Angella, Holebas, Watson, Berghuis, Abdi, Vydra.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, Gardner, Fletcher (c), Yacob, Morrison, Berahino, Lambert. SubsRose, Chester, Lescott, McClean, McManaman, Anichebe, Rondon.

West Brom adds striker, breaks transfer record for second-straight season; What does it mean for Berahino?

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The Baggies are going back to Eastern Europe for another record signing.

One year after breaking its transfer record in buying Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kiev for $17.1 million, West Bromwich Albion has moved to Russia for Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Salomon Rondon.

This time, it’s going to cost them about $18.7 million, and could be the next step in the sale of Saido Berahino, who has been consistently linked with Tottenham Hotspur amongst other suitors. West Brom has also added Rickie Lambert to their striker stable, which includes Ideye and Victor Anichebe.

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Rondon, a six-foot-2 striker, turns 26 next month. He scored 20 goals in 44 games for Zenit en route to the Russian double, also scoring the goal in Venezuela’s 1-0 win over Colombia at this summer’s Copa America.

From WBA.co.uk:

“He’s got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country,” says Pulis. “He’s 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential.“We hope he hits the ground running of course but understand it might take him time to settle. I’m sure our fans will help him and get behind him.“But we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it’s a deal worth doing.
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A center forward, he’s scored 20 goals in back-to-back years. Before that, he netted 27 goals over two years at Malaga.

Ideye scored 7 goals in 30 matches for the Baggies last season, growing his production once Tony Pulis took over at West Brom.

The Baggies open their Premier League season later Monday against Manchester City. Rondon won’t be in the lineup, but will Berahino? Will the price of young English players often inflated, the Baggies will likely cash in soon.

Lambert revival? English striker moves to West Brom from Liverpool

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Rickie Lambert and Tony Pulis might just be a match made in Midlands paradise.

The workmanlike 33-year-old forward sealed his move from Liverpool to West Bromwich Albion on Friday, ending his second stint with his boyhood club after just over a year.

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Lambert could be a good mate for Saido Berahino should he stay, or a tower to work with Brown Ideye in a striker pairing. The Baggies also have Victor Anichebe in their strike force.

Pulis is happy to have Lambert aboard, and forward wore No. 17 in scoring a goal 23 minutes into his Baggies debut (WBA is playing Bristol Rovers in a Friday friendly).

From WBA.co.uk:

“Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch,” said the Albion head coach.
“We are very pleased to have him on board. He’s a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad.”
It’s hard not to root for Lambert, who suffered through a rough year at Liverpool in which he scored three goals in 36 appearances. He scored 28 Premier League goals for Southampton in the previous seasons.As for Lambert, is this the case of a 33-year-old who’s rolled over the hill, or can he return to the 2013-14 form which saw him score double-digit goals and assists?

PL Friendly Roundup: Bojan makes Stoke return, Norwich City gets win in Germany

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The start of the 2015-16 Premier League season is just two weeks away as clubs continue to do some fine-tuning in preseason friendlies across the globe.

Stoke City may have lost 2-0 to Brentford FC, but the Potters got some great news as Bojan made his return to the pitch after knee surgery. The former Barcelona man had been in great form in his first season at Stoke City before suffering a torn ACL in January, ending his season prematurely. Bojan played the second half for Mark Hughes’ side, and will be a key man for the Potters as they look to improve on their ninth place finish in the Premier League last season.

Watford earned a 1-0 victory over Scottish side Dundee United as the Hornets prepare for their first season in the Premier League since 2007. Troy Deeney scored the match’s only goal, and Watford will be relying on their skipper to continue scoring all season long. Deeney has tallied at least 20 goals in each of the past three seasons for the Hornets.

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Fellow Premier League newcomers Norwich City took a 2-1 win against German side FC Augsburg, an excellent result for the Canaries. Augsburg finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, earning qualification into the Europa League. After falling behind 1-0, Youssouf Mulumbu leveled for Norwich before an 89th minute strike from Lewis Grabban sealed the win.

Leicester City managed a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town, a team that finished 21st on the table in England’s fourth-division. David Nugent scored for the Foxes just ten minutes in, but Mansfield leveled from the penalty spot before the half hour mark. New manager Claudio Ranieri wasn’t worried about the result as he is more focused on getting his players match-fit for the Premier League.

Aston Villa lost top scorer Christian Benteke to Liverpool, and without the big Belgian, Tim Sherwood’s side could have some major troubles finding the back of the net. Benteke’s absence was felt today as Villa drew with League One side Walsall FC 1-1. 20-year-old Callum Preston scored his first goal for Aston Villa after spending last season on loan at Preston North End, giving the Villans a lead 22 minutes in. But Walsall would draw level with a bit of luck right before the half, as Anthony Forde’s free kick took a deflection leaving goalkeeper Jed Steer helpless. One positive for Villa was the play of summer signing Idrissa Gueye, who seems to be fitting in nicely with his new club.

West Bromwich Albion got a big 4-1 win over Swindon Town, with James Morrison scoring twice in the Baggies first win after coming back from their American tour. Victor Anichebe also scored for West Brom as they led just 2-1 until the final five minutes, when Tony Pulis’ side scored two late goals to end the match with a 4-1 win.

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Swansea City drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest, with new signing Andre Ayew picking up the Swans’ only goal. Ayew came over from French side Marseille as Garry Monk continues to build his team after finishing 8th in the Premier League last season. Monk denied reports that striker Bafetimbi Gomis would leave after he was linked with a move to Dubai club Al Ahli, but Gomis did not feature in the friendly today.

West Ham was held to a scoreless draw with Charlton Athletic as Slaven Bilic prepares himself for his first season as a manager in the Premier League.

Premier League roundup: Man United win, Burnley down, basement boys scrapping

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Phew, what an epic Saturday in the Premier League we have just had.

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Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home to all but secure a top four place, while the main headlines were being made at the bottom of the table.

Wins for Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester complicated the relegation picture further, while Burnley is officially down and the likes of Newcastle United and Hull are getting pretty nervous.

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For recaps, reaction and analysis on every game, look no further than below.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester UnitedRECAP

United took the lead through Juan Mata’s penalty but Jason Puncheon curled in a free kick to level things up. Late on Marouane Fellaini headed home the winner as a Liverpool defeat on Sunday to Chelsea means United’s place in the top four is secured.

Leicester City 2-0 SouthamptonRECAP

Riyad Mahrez struck twice in the first 20 minutes to give the Foxes their sixth win in seven matches as Saints’ slide continued. With two games left Leicester is three points clear of the relegation zone. Can they finish off the “great escape?”

Everton 0-2 SunderlandRECAP

The Black Cats got lucky on Saturday but they will not be too worried about it. Dick Advocaat’s side has two lucky deflections off Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe to thank, plus errant finishing from Everton, as they have won two on the spin and are now two points clear of the relegation zone with three games to go. Sunderland hosts Leicester next weekend in a massive clash.

Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham UnitedRECAP

Tom Cleverley scored the game-winner, his third goal in three games for Villa, as they move four points clear of the drop zone with two games left. Tim Sherwood’s side gutted this one out and have now won three of their last four matches. West Ham’s slide continues as Big Sam’s boys drop to 10th.

Newcastle United 1-1 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

The Magpies went 1-0 down after Victor Anichebe gave West Brom the lead but groans soon turned to cheers from the home fans at St James’ Park as Ayoze Perez equalized just before the break. In the second half Newcastle pushed hard for the winner but couldn’t grab it. John Carver’s side stopped the eight-game losing streak but remain just two points clear of the bottom three, while West Brom is officially safe. Mission accomplished for Tony Pulis.\

Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

Big win for the Potters as Charlie Adam‘s header set them on their way and goals from Steven Nzonzi and Mame Diouf finished off 10-man Spurs who had Vlad Chiriches sent off. Stoke is up to ninth and could finish eighth, while Spurs are doing their best to blow a top six spot. They really don’t want that Europa League spot, do they?

Hull City 0-1 Burnley – RECAP

Burnley were officially relegated on Saturday, but they went down fighting. The Clarets beat Hull 1-0 thanks to Danny Ings second half strike but it wasn’t enough to save Sam Dyche’s men from heading straight back down to the Championship. As for Hull, well, they are in a mess as Steve Bruce’s side have two games to save themselves as they dropped into the bottom three. Can they beat Tottenham and Manchester United in their final two matches? It’s a big ask.