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West Bromwich Albion name Moore head coach

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Darren Moore‘s impressive end-of-season run has given West Bromwich Albion reason to take off the interim tag.

The club announced that Moore has been named the club’s next head coach as the team looks to bounce back into the Premier League. Under Moore, West Bromwich won three, drew two and lost just one of its final six matches.

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Despite being in last place in the Premier League when he took over, Moore’s successful run gave West Bromwich a mathematical chance to survive entering the final two weeks of the season, an outcome that looked so unlikely after Alan Pardew was relieved of his duties.

This is a great move. After going with tried and tested managers in the Premier League, Moore’s fresh approach received a lot of buy-in from the players, and should he manage to keep many members of the squad together, West Bromwich could easily make the jump back to the Premier League.

In addition, with so many foreign managers coaching in England, it’s great to see a team give a young British manager a chance.

 

Newcastle United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Not dead yet

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  • West Brom stays alive
  • Phillips continues NUFC mastery
  • Magpies outshoot WBA 17-8

West Bromwich Albion earned itself a stay of relegation with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Matty Phillips scored for the Baggies, who have 28 points and sit five points behind 17th place Swansea City. Interim manager Darren Moore has collected eight points in four matches.

Newcastle remains 10th with 41 points.

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Chances both ways early, with James McClean ripping a shot wide for West Brom and Dwight Gayle sending a low shot into the arms of Ben Foster.

The Baggies went ahead through a net-battering shot from Phillips, who took advantage of Jake Livermore‘s lid-opening pass cooking Paul Dummett.

Kenedy looked to have leveled the score in the 34th minute, trading passes with Ayoze Perez but dinking his shot off the outside of the post.

Mo Diame had a close shot deflected over the bar, and Newcastle were refused shouts for a penalty kick off the ensuing corner kick. Foster also made an outstanding in-tight save prior to the uncalled foul.

The counter attack saw Martin Dubravka make a fine save on Jay Rodriguez.

West Brom stayed stingy in the second half, hoping to avoid formalizing its Championship status for another week.

Diame had a second shot deflected out for a corner, and Jamaal Lascelles couldn’t get on the end of Jonjo Shelvey‘s attempt.

DeAndre Yedlin served a second ball into the mix, and substitute Joselu nodded his attempt wide in the 86th.

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Watch Live: Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion

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Manchester United looks for a win which would delay Manchester City’s Premier League title ambitions a bit longer when it hosts (seemingly) relegation-bound West Bromwich Albion on Sunday at Old Trafford (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Daniel Sturridge is on the bench for West Brom, while Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford all begin on the bench for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils.

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Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez. Subs: Pereira, Jones, Rojo, McTominay, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Livermore, Phillips, Brunt, McClean, Rodriguez, Rondon. Subs: Myhill, Yacob, Sturridge, Gabr, Burke, Krychowiak, Field.

Watch Live: Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion

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Chelsea host West Bromwich Albion on Monday at Stamford Bridge (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the struggling Blues aiming to get back on track against the Premier League’s bottom team.

Antonio Conte is under pressure after back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Watford by three-goal margins, while Alan Pardew’s Baggies are seven points from safety and in a dire situation in their battle against relegation.

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In team news Chelsea start Olivier Giroud up top for the first time.

West Brom have Evans, Gibbs and Krychowiak back after injury.

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Premier League Preview: Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion

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  • Hosts have won last four matches
  • Arsenal leads all-time 70W-31D-38L
  • WBA last won at Arsenal in 2010

Arsenal watched as all of their traditional Top Four rivals posted big wins Saturday, and must do the same Monday when West Bromwich Albion visits the Emirates Stadium (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Gunners have just seven points through five matches, but have claimed four of the last six available including a scoreless draw against Chelsea.

West Brom have one more point, but have dipped in form after a red-hot start. The Baggies have one point in their last three Premier League outings.

What they’re saying

Arsene Wenger on choosing his front three“First of all, the fact that they can compliment each other well. You need to have the potential to be strong on counter-attacks, potential to be strong to get in behind defenders, potential to combine with each other as well. All these kinds of ingredients come into your mind and the whole thing has to be well-balanced.”

Tony Pulis on his luck against Arsenal: “I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that. It will be a real, real tough game but the players should take some confidence into it after their performance against Manchester City.”

Prediction

The Gunners seem to be coming around to form, even with some injuries and absences. A win puts them within striking distance of the Top Four, and the Gunners shouldn’t have too much of a problem making that happen at home with a 3-1 win.