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West Brom could finish in the bottom-half of the Premier League if they don’t arrest the slide

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 11 May 2017

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis has let his side take their foot off the gas and it may cost them a top-half place this season.

West Bromwich Albion host Premier League leaders Chelsea at the Hawthorns on Friday evening, a game that sees them as underdogs given their woeful form coupled with Chelsea having the chance to seal the title with a win.

As the Midlands outfit haven’t won a game in their last six outings, it would be surprising to see them get anything against the Blues, but Albion have more pressing matters as their top-half spot in the table is at risk due to their wavering form.

Pulis’ men have taken their foot off the gas

Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion side are currently 8th in the Premier League table with 45 points from 35 games this season, coming off the back of four defeats in their last five. The struggling club have failed to win a game in their previous six overall and have picked up just four points since February. The players have lost all the intensity from their game and look on their holidays already.

West Brom’s form has been woeful at the Hawthorns too which doesn’t bode well for their chances of pulling off an upset against Chelsea. Albion have lost three consecutive games in their own backyard in the Premier League, failing to score in each of them, and have rippled the net in two of the previous nine overall. Should they come unstuck on Friday, the defeat will open the door for the chasing pack to potentially leapfrog them in the table and send them into the bottom-half.

Sides around them in the table are enjoying a resurgence

While Albion keep dropping points, the sides around them keep picking them up. Leicester City, ninth with 43 points, have won back-to-back games and will overtake the Baggies if they win and West Brom lose. Southampton, 10th with 42 points, can also catch West Brom with a three points swing this weekend. Bournemouth, 11th with 42 points, have picked up seven points from a possible nine and can mathematically overtake the Midlands side too. West Ham United, 12th with 42 points, have won two and drawn three of their last five, and are in the same boat as the other sides.

It’s a bad time for West Brom to be in a slump. Despite spending the majority of the season in the top-10 of the Premier League table, Tony Pulis’ men are 9/2 to finish in the bottom-half given their dramatic fall.

Where will West Brom finish the season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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