West Brom – Liverpool: How to watch, start time, stream, odds, prediction

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Liverpool is a heavy favorite to not slip up in its bid to claim a top-four spot when it meets relegated West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns (start time 11:30am ET Sunday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Sam Allardyce has tasted Premier League relegation for the first time and his best players like Matheus Pereira and Okay Yokuslu will know they can audition for the next stage of their careers (or, of course, go down to the Championship).

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Liverpool is flying high after beating Manchester United 4-2 at Old Trafford and will know that a win will move them a point back of Chelsea and three behind Leicester City, two sides staging the FA Cup Final this weekend before a league rematch will see at least one drop points on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.

Three points for the visitors will go a long way toward a top-four spot with Liverpool still to meet Burnley and Crystal Palace.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of West Brom – Liverpool this Friday with team news, odds, stream link, and more.


Team news: West Brom – Liverpool (INJURY REPORT)

West Brom is without two players in Branislav Ivanovic (thigh) and Robert Snodgrass (lower back).

Liverpool’s injury list is still quite long, with Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Ben Davies, Divock Origi, and Caoimhin Kelleher, and Joel Matip in the middle of long-term absences. Ozan Kabak is newly out and so too is James Milner.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

West Brom (+1000) | Liverpool (-400) | Draw (+500)

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Prediction

Do you expect a renewed Jurgen Klopp outfit to forget their boots at home, or for the Reds to both forget a shocking draw at Anfield? Or perhaps you’re thinking a newly-unshackled West Brom will pour forth upon the former world champs. West Brom 1-4 Liverpool.


How to watch West Brom – Liverpool stream, start time

Kickoff: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Stream: Online via NBCSports.com

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Burnley – Leeds: How to watch, stream, team news, start time, odds, prediction

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After sentencing Fulham to relegation on Monday, Burnley can play out the remainder of the 2020-21 Premier League season without a care in the world, beginning with a visit from Leeds at Turf Moor on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 am ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Burnley hammered the final nail into Fulham’s coffin, officially confirming their place — along with those of fellow strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United — in next season’s Premier League. Only the three relegated clubs — Sheffield United, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion — have scored fewer goals than Sean Dyche’s side this season.

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Leeds, on the other hand, have been safe for months as their attention turned toward achieving a top-half finish in their first season back in the Premier League since 2004. With three games left to play, Marcelo Bielsa’s boys sit 10th in the table, two points ahead of Aston Villa, who have a game in hand. As such, Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor carries a bit of added weight and pressure for Leeds.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Burnley – Leeds this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: Burnley – Leeds (INJURY REPORT)

Burnley: OUT: Robbie Brady (calf), Kevin Long (calf)

Leeds: QUESTIONABLE: Liam Cooper (buttock) | OUT: Adam Forshaw (groin), Helder Costa (back)


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Burnley (+185) | Leeds (+135) | Draw (+245)

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Prediction

There’s little doubt about which is the better side, but as does every game involving the Clarets, the result will come down to whether or not Leeds can wreak havoc in the midfield and convert one or two chances. Two will be more than enough. Burnley 0-2 Leeds.


How to watch Burnley – Leeds and start time

Kickoff: 7:30 am ET Saturday
TV: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Premier League run-in: What is the relegation situation?

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Fulham is battling but running out of time in the Premier League relegation battle, one loss away from joining West Brom and Sheffield United in the Football League Championship’s 2021-22 season.

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The Premier League run-in is here and the business end of the season will provide plenty of drama, as always, during the countdown to the final day on May 23.

When it comes to preserving Premier League status for another year, who needs what? Which teams will be scrapping away in the final seven games of the season?

Our weekly series, the run-in, keeps you fully up to date on all of the different battles going on up and down the Premier League.


Premier League relegation battle: The run-in analysis

Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion have been relegated were previously relegated, and Fulham joined them on Monday. Of course, the remaining three matchweeks are still to be played, meaning the likes of Burnley, Newcastle United and Southampton, among others, must still fight to not be the 17th-place side.


Burnley – Safe
Current position: 14th
Games played: 35
Current points: 39
Goal difference: -14
Remaining schedule: Leeds (H), Liverpool (H), Sheffield United (A)


Newcastle – Safe
Current position: 15th
Games played: 35
Current points: 39
Goal difference: -18
Remaining schedule: Man City (H), Sheffield United (H), Fulham (A)


Brighton – Safe
Current position: 15th
Games played: 35
Current points: 37
Goal difference: -5
Remaining schedule: West Ham (H), Man City (H), Arsenal (A)


Southampton – Safe
Current position: 16th
Games played: 34
Current points: 37
Goal difference: -20
Remaining schedule: Crystal Palace (H), Leeds (H), Fulham (H), West Ham (A)


Fulham – Relegated


West Bromwich Albion – Relegated


Sheffield United – Relegated

West Brom relegated; Big Sam reacts

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Sam Allardyce’s reputation, repertoire, transfers, and bluster could not combine to keep West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

The Baggies fell 3-1 to Arsenal, leaving them 10 points back of 17th-place Burnley with only nine points available to it on the fixture list.

“It wasn’t quite good enough,” said an emotional Allardyce after the game, a humanizing sight we’ve almost never seen from such a massive personality.

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The Baggies boss was asked whether more time could’ve got the job done and, to his credit, the 66-year-old wasn’t looking for excuses.

“No, because we had the time to bring it around,” Allardyce said. “Our real problem was not beating the bottom six sides when we had the opportunity to and we played well enough to beat them. Beating Chelsea, drawing Manchester United, Liverpool, and Man City should be bonus points.”

The 66-year-old took over the Hawthorns set after 13 matches, as West Brom cut ties with Slaven Bilic after a draw with Man City that left the Baggies holding a 1W-4D-8L record at the bottom of the table.

The Baggies had scored 13 times in that run, conceding 26.

So what’s happened since? West Brom has won four times, drawn seven, and lost 11 times while scoring 19 goals and allowing 42.

How do the tenures compare? Allardyce’s West Brom scored less (0.86:1), conceded less (1.91:2), and collected more points per game (.86:.57) than the early season under Bilic.

But wait.

Aren’t there some other variables?

For one thing, Allardyce got to buy players to improve the squad. In came Mbaye Diagne, Robert Snodgrass, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Okay Yokuslu.

Yokuslu was arguably West Brom’s top performer and Maitland-Niles an improvement. Diagne just fine while Snodgrass fought injuries.

So was this West Brom team simply beyond saving? That’s a good question, because as much as Allardyce’s Baggies beat Chelsea and drew Liverpool, Bilic’s men drew Man City and Chelsea.

It’s difficult to believe BIlic wouldn’t have improved the club, too. Would anyone have sorted this team out?

Allardyce did, to his credit, have the boys scrapping to the end.

“We came out fighting,” Allardyce said. “I can’t say any more than that …. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’ll probably wake up tomorrow and realize it. I’m not saying we would’ve avoided relegation but at least we should’ve been closer based on how we’ve performed but that ultimate decision we make and final passing. The creation of chances has been there but the conversion has not. Today defensively we slipped up. They took their goals really well. Lots of times in the final third we had better chances to create more and convert and that’s probably been the most disappointing thing.”

Did Allardyce do much wrong? Well, there’s dark humor in his December comments that Arsenal would be fearing relegation more than West Brom because they didn’t have his experience, because even the substandard Gunners were just too much for them

But he found Yokuslu, who has a place in the PL if he wants it. And both managers rode star goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for all he’s worth.

Allardyce, however, was slow to warm to the freedom he needed to give Matheus Pereira and he almost never used captain Jake Livermore following a red card early in his tenure. His tactics were also wrong against Wolves and his Baggies lost to Sheffield United and Crystal Palace while drawing Burnley, Newcastle and Brighton.

So is this the end for Big Sam at West Brom?

“It’s too early to consider that for me. Tonight is just about saying to the lads have a night or two and come back for Liverpool at the weekend.”

Three things we learned from Arsenal – West Brom

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A trio of sensational goals have Arsenal feeling good and West Brom heading for the Championship after a 3-1 match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Nicolas Pepe’s delightful individual goal doubled the lead provided by a terrific team goal capped by Emile Smith-Rowe, and Willian’s sensational 90th-minute free kick relegated Matheus Pereira’s great goal to a side note and the Baggies to the Championship.

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Arsenal snapped Sam Allardyce’s run of never being relegated from the Premier League, as West Brom only has nine points available to it on the fixture list and sits 10 points back of 17th-place Burnley. The Baggies are now the record holder for most PL relegations with five.

The Gunners move back above Leeds and sit ninth with 52 points. The top seven is still possible, but matches versus Chelsea (Wednesday), Crystal Palace, and Brighton stand in the way.

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Three things we learned from Arsenal – West Brom

1. Style still in Arsenal’s arsenal: Mikel Arteta has a decent-enough defense, as Arsenal’s 38 goals conceded rank fifth-best in the Premier League, but the flair hasn’t been on display much. It was everywhere on Sunday, from Bukayo Saka’s assist on Smith-Rowe’s dynamite finish to Pepe’s dribble and smash, then capped by Willian’s terrific free kick (a reminder of what we thought his signing would mean to Arteta). West Brom does lend itself to this, so let’s see what happens versus Thomas Tuchel’s red-hot Chelsea.

2. Is this the end for Big Sam? Sam Allardyce has a well-manicured reputation as a no-nonsense coach who will get your club out of relegation trouble by hook or crook, but his record of never having failed to deliver safety is over and this particular journey could well be the last time he’s trusted with such a call. The Baggies have some impressive moments under the 66-year-old Big Sam but consider that they were 1W-4D-7L when they fired Slaven Bilic after a draw with Man City. They are 4W-7D-12L since that, an improvement but not one that has given them a realistic look at safety in some time.

3. Uncertain futures for both, but Arsenal can smile at rebound: Mikel Arteta played kids and other second-choice options after flaming out of the Europea League, clearly saving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard for midweek at Chelsea. Could Arteta again use a late-season defeat of the Blues to put some shine on an up-and-mostly-down campaign?

Man of the Match: Willian

The Brazilian had the hockey assist on Smith-Rowe’s goal before scoring his free kick. He recorded four key passes in the win.


Arsenal – West Brom recap

West Brom was bright early, desperation apparent in a big to stay up. Matheus Pereira tore into a curling shot in the 12th minute that just failed to find its way into the upper 90.

The Baggies were all over the Gunners, ripping shots toward goal and clipping the bar on a chance that probably would’ve been ruled offside by VAR.

Arsenal found some danger through Bukayo Saka, but Darnell Furlong’s sliding challenge was timed well enough to put off the England youth.

Smith-Rowe played the role of architect for his first Premier League goal, working the ball out wide to Willian and moving to the center of the box. His Brazilian teammate hit a perfectly-weighted pass toward the end line, where Bukayo Saka swirled a seeing-eye cross between two defenders for an airborne Smith-Rowe to snap a shot past Sam Johnstone.

The second goal saw Pepe turn on the individual flair, making a hard cut to earn some space just inside the right corner of the 18.

That’s all he needed, as the Ivorian looked every bit his record-signing price tag with a slashed left-footed shot that sent Johnstone into the air to no avail.

West Brom fought into the second half and Bernd Leno had to do very well to poke a seeing-eye elastico bid from reaching the far top corner off a corner kick from the left.