West Brom’s “Premier League Behind the Badge” continues

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Claudio Yacob‘s got jokes.

That’s one thing promised by the preview for this weekend’s edition of “Premier League Behind the Badge” with West Bromwich Albion.

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The third installment comes up this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN as the surprise package of the Premier League season continue their surge up the table.

Click play on the video above for a taste of what’s to come in the second episode.

In an exclusive series, NBC Sports followed around the Baggies in a very similar fashion to HBO’s Hard Knocks which joins the preseason camp of one NFL team each summer.

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Below is the schedule for the four episodes on West Brom, which you can watch on NBCSN and live online via NBCSports.com in the coming weeks.

First episodeWatch in full, here
Second episodeWatch in full, here
Third episode: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Fourth episode: Sunday, Apr. 2, 1:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN

Dele Alli charged for Claudio Yacob punch; Second place in play?

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By now, you’ve likely seen the footage of Spurs midfielder Dele Alli slugging West Brom defender Claudio Yacob (Watch here).

So has the FA.

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Alli, 20, could be done for the season due to the incident, as he is facing a charge from the English Football Association that could lead to a three-match ban.

Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

Spurs’ title hopes have only been on the thinnest thread for weeks, and this likely clips it. Alli should be banned, something that will very much please Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.

Does this open up the race for second place? Man City and Arsenal are both five points back of Spurs, who face a brutal run-in.

West Brom 0-3 Manchester City: City cruises behind early Toure double (video)

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  • Yaya Toure struck twice in the first 23 minutes
  • Manchester City held 75% possession through opening half-hour
  • Vincent Kompany hit the third after 60 minutes to put things away

From early on, the result was never in doubt as Manchester City eased to an 3-0 season opening win over hapless West Brom at the Hawthornes.

The visitors swarmed at a high tempo as David Silva worked the West Brom defenders all night, and the Citizens got the opener just nine minutes in. Yaya Toure hit a relatively weak effort that skittered off the legs of Craig Dawson and squirted into the far post, with goalkeeper Boaz Myhill well caught out.

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While the opener was less than delightful, the second was much easier on the eyes. Toure burst through the midfield and slid a side-footed ball to Ivory Coast teammate Wilfried Bony. The striker slammed on the brakes at the top of the box and touched back to Toure who unleashed a curling effort that buried into the top corner 23 minutes in for a 2-0 lead.

City continued to attack at will and Bony ripped a shot of his own past the half-hour mark that curled just wide of the near post. Raheem Sterling had a glorious chance through on goal on 40 minutes, but Myhill came out to stop the shot one-on-one. Saido Berahino had the ball in the net down the other end for West Brom but was pulled back for the offside flag.

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At halftime, the prospects were grim for West Brom fans eager to get the season’s first result out of the way.

Baggies manager Tony Pulis brought on Claudio Yacob in the second half to reinforce the midfield, and it seemed to have some effect and Rickie Lambert pumped a free-kick just over on 55 minutes. But it wasn’t to be, as City increased its lead minutes later.

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Vincent Kompany made it 3-0 on 59 minutes as he connected on a corner and produced an impressive header from a very acute angle into the far corner. It was Kompany’s first goal since

That was all she wrote for West Brom, although City wouldn’t let them off the hook down the stretch. Sergio Aguero came on for some game minutes and tested Myhill with three minutes remaining. The win put Manchester City atop the league table after the first week.

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

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West Bromwich Albion host Chelsea at the Hawthorns on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) as the Premier League champions head to the west Midlands.

The Baggies have a decent record against Chelsea of late (W2, D2, L2) and but lost to the Blues at Stamford Bridge earlier this season as Jose Mourinho’s side grabbed all three points after Claudio Yacob was sent off early in the game.

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Since that game Tony Pulis arrived as their new manager in January and has saved the Baggies from relegation as they sit comfortably in 13th place. Chelsea are chasing the 90-point title, which they will reach if they win their final two games. Only five other teams have secured 90 points or more in a single season since the league became a 38-game season.

In team news West Brom make three changes as Callum McManaman, James Morrison and Saido Berahino start. Chelsea start youngster Loftus-Cheek in midfield, with other academy products Christensen, Ake and Brown on the bench, and Diego Costa returns to the starting lineup after six weeks out.

LINEUPS

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, McManaman, Berahino. Subs: Rose, Wisdom, Baird, Mulumbu, Gardner, Anichebe, Ideye

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Loftus-Cheek, Matic; Remy, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Blackman, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Ake, Mikel, Cuadrado, Brown

Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: Blues cruise past 10-man Baggies

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Two early goals and a West Brom red card helped Chelsea cruise a 2-0 home win on Saturday, moving the London’s club record to 10 wins and two draws through 12 matches.

The three points ensures Chelsea’s lead will be at least 4 points pending Southampton’s result at Aston Villa on Monday.

The Baggies drift back toward the relegation zone with a three-point advantage on 18th.

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The 12th minute saw the opener, with Oscar’s curling pass served to the penalty spot for Costa to chest trap down for a second-touch goal. It was 1-0 Chelsea in the 11th minute.

And Hazard made it 2-0 when he touched a low-played corner kick around Craig Gardner and goalkeeper Ben Foster in the 25th minute. Cesc Fabregas picked up the assist.

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All hope for a surprising West Brom comeback became moot when Alan Irvine’s team was condemned to 10 men. Claudio Yacob received a red card for a two-footed jump toward Costa. It was all about intent, as Costa jumped into the West Brom player as well.

Lineups

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian (Ramires , 86′), Oscar (Remy, 79′), Hazard, Costa (Drogba , 84′).

Goal: Costa (11′), Hazard (25′)

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Baird (Gamboa, 68′), Dorrans (Morrison, 84′), Gardner, Brunt, Yacob (Red card, 29′), Sessegnon, Berahino (Anichebe, 78′)