West Brom dumped out of the FA Cup at Blackpool

The Baggies were lucky to survive until the shootout as their determined hosts enjoyed the better of it on a cold day by the sea.

Both sides created chances in busy first 45 minutes with Jerry Yates confidently tucking home before the break.

The visitors did haul themselves back into after the restart as Semi Ayjai nodded home.

However, they were unable to build on that the hosts continued to dominate with cup hotshot Gary Madine slotting them back in front.

Allardyce’s team were given a lifeline in the final minutes as Matheus Pereira tucked home from the spot.

But again they failed to grasp the nettle as Kyle Edwards missed a brilliant chance in extra time before penalty misses from Edwards, Pereira and Darnell Furlong sent Blackpool through.

Full Time at Bloomfield Road it’s Blackpool 2 West Brom 2 with the Seasiders winning it on penalties.

Premier League Preview: West Brom v Arsenal

The manager questioned his players’ commitment following the 5-0 home defeat to Leeds on Tuesday and Filip Krovinovic, Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic could return.

Mikel Arteta’s men meanwhile will take momentum into 2021 after halting a seven-match winless streak with a 3-1 Boxing Day victory over London rivals Chelsea followed by a scrappy 1-0 success at struggling Brighton.

The back-to-back wins have moved the north London club to within six points of the top six and helped quash talk of relegation.

The game kicks off at The Hawthorns at 8 o’clock on Saturday evening.

Leeds United hammer West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns

On a night were Marcelo Bielsa’s side probably expected to be frustrated by Sam Allardyce’s hosts, they produced the best performance of 2020.

Four first half goals set the tone for a dominant display from Leeds as Bielsa’s squad returned to form at a critical moment to leave Allardyce facing a bleak January.

Despite Leeds looking slick right from kick off in the West Midlands, they were given a helping in the first few minutes, as Romain Sawyers netted a ridiculous own goal.

The Baggies defender completely misjudged Sam Johnstone’s position in behind as he chipped past his own keeper.

However, if there was a touch of comedy about Leeds’ opener there was no joking about with the second as Ezgjan Alioski smashed past Johnstone.

And there was no slowly down from there as the rampant visitors smelt blood, with Jack Harrison finishing off a flowing move and Rodrigo fired home a fourth.

Leeds did almost shoot themselves in the foot after the restart as Illan Meslier reacted quickly from an error to deny Matheus Pereira.

But in truth, Leeds had the Baggies are arms length again after the break, as Raphinha saved the best goal for last.

The Brazilian has caught the eye with some spectacular goals during his first few months in England and he bent home a superb effort to make it five.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Leeds United 5

West Brom steal late 1-1 draw at Liverpool

The Baggies set their stall out to make life as difficult as possible for the Reds, but Sadio Mane’s early goal had looked to be enough to secure, before Semi Ajayi stole the headlines late on.

With the visitors playing with ten men behind the ball in the opening stages, Jurgen Klopp’s team were forced to be patient, before Mane edged them ahead on 12 minutes.

Joel Matip’s long pass caught his opposite centre backs too square and Mane raced on and smashed past Sam Johnstone.

That early goal did nothing to change the flow of the match as West Brom sat in and Liverpool grew more and more frustrated.

Liverpool continued to boss everything after the break with skipper Jordan Henderson flashing an effort wide.

And with Klopp’s side unable to break through, the Baggies stayed in the game and pull off Allardyce’s masterplan with 10 to go.

Matheus Pereira’s deep corner caused problems in the Liverpool box and Ajayi got highest to nod home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 1 West Brom 1

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v West Brom

The Reds squad is still blighted by injuries as 2020 comes to an end with Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez all out for the foreseeable.

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara is back in training following a knee injury with Klopp confident he should see some action in this one.

As for The Baggies, life back in the West Midlands started with defeat for Allardyce as they were brushed off by Aston Villa last time out.

Skipper Jake Livermore begins a three-match ban after being sent off in that one with Matheus Pereira back in contention following his own time on the naughty step.

Add with Big Sam looking to get his new squad right back to basics in the weeks to come, veteran war horse Branislav Ivanovic could also come back in.

And it’s all set to go at Anfield with a 4.30pm Kick Off.

Premier League: Manchester City v West Brom

Although Pep Guardiola’s side have not been formidable this season in comparison to previous campaigns under his tenure, they will still pose a significant threat to Slaven Bilic’s Baggies.

City could only hash out a tame goalless draw away at bitter rivals Manchester United at the weekend, with the 0-0 scoreline at Old Trafford the first Manchester Derby to draw a blank in five years.

Creativity has been City’s issue, something which is surprising to say considering the blueprint of Guardiola’s Blues so far down the years.

The lacklustre beginning to the season for Man City means they are ninth in the standings and four points off the Champions League places heading in to this one.

West Brom meanwhile always knew they had a battle on their hands after being promoted from the Championship last season, with the Baggies second-from-bottom and 3 points from safety – although Burnley, the 17th placed side, do have a game in hand.

Albion will be disappointed with their loss to Newcastle United at the weekend, with Toon goals at both the start and the end of the game condemning them to their eighth loss of the season.

Conceding goals has been a major problem for the Baggies, with the 25 they have shipped the highest of any Premier League club so far this term.

Furthermore, West Brom’s only victory of the campaign to date was against rock-bottom Sheffield United, so any hope of victory over Manchester City is slim.

Slaven Bilic is without suspended midfielder and key performer Matheus Pereira for the trip to the Etihad, but more positive news is that Charlie Austin and Kieran Gibbs are both pushing for inclusion from the start.

Man City are likely to once again be missing Sergio Aguero, who sat out of the Manchester Derby at the weekend – the striker has had a flare up of a knee meniscus issue which required surgery in the summer – add to that a recent bout of illness and the Argentine is almost certain to miss out.

Eric Garcia is another absentee due to a muscle strain, but Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva are likely to see some game time against the Baggies after Guardiola opted not to use them against United.

Manchester City v West Brom is an 8pm kick off on Tuesday 15th December.

Premier League Preview: Newcastle United v West Brom

Slaven Bilic’s team have only racked up one win on their top-flight return and a 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace last time out will have dented confidence.

Matheus Pereira is definitely out after he was sent off against Palace with Hal Robson-Kanu and Connor Townsend both ruled out with injury.

Dara O’Shea is likely to replace Branislav Ivanovic in defence with Callum Robinson also in line to make a rare start.

For Newcastle, Steve Bruce’s hand will be forced Covid-19 regulations, with the Magpies squad still decimated by players in self isolation.

Bruce has confirmed he will have to wait until the last minute to name a starting team against the Baggies with up to eight players set to miss out.

But it was not all negative news for Bruce, as key pair Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin returned to training this week, and the former Manchester United defender has confirmed they will be included after returning negative Covid-19 tests.

And Kick Off is set for 3pm tomorrow at St. James’ Park

Crystal Palace thrash 10-man West Brom 5-1 at The Hawthorns

Both sides looked impressive in the opening stages but the controversial dismissal of Matheus Pereira turned the game in Palace’s favour after the break.

Palace were quick to turn on the style in the West Midlands as talisman Wilf Zaha carved out the opener inside the first five minutes.

His pace took him away from three Baggies defenders and his fizzed cross into the box was diverted home by West Brom defender Darnell Furlong.

Furlong looked to be on a one-man mission to make up from his error after that as he smacked a header off the bar and played a key role in the Baggies equaliser.

Semi Ajayi’s pass sent him clear behind the Palace defence and Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher arrived on cue to tuck away his cross.

That breathed some life back into Slaven Bilic’s team but the Croatian was left incensed as Pereira was sent off on 34 minutes.

The Brazilian tangled with Patrick van Aanholt but VAR ruled a kick out by him and Paul Tierney opted to flash a straight red.

That completely changed the complexion of the match after the restart as Zaha curled home a beauty on 55 minutes.

Palace simply powered on from there as Christian Benteke nodded home from van Aanholt’s cross and Zaha tucked home from Eberechi Eze’s pass.

And with Bilic’s hosts on the ropes in the final minutes, Benteke grabbed his second of the day, as he powered home Nathaniel Clyne’s cross.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 1 Crystal Palace 5

West Brom boss Bilic awaits coronavirus test results for Baggies squad

The Baggies saw both defender Branislav Ivanovic and forward Matheus Pereira ruled out of the previous Premier League game against Tottenham following positive Covid-19 tests.

Striker Callum Robinson, meanwhile, tested positive for the virus while away with the Republic of Ireland.

Bilic confirmed all three should now be available for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.

The club, though, are still waiting for the all clear from players coming back to the UK, with training schedules having been moved to hopefully allow for results to be processed.

“Matheus and Branislav are back in training because they have done the quarantine and tested negative,” Bilic said.

“We’ve had a few players who were positive, so they did not train for 10 days. For some of them (coming back from international duty), we are still waiting for the test results.

“Hopefully they will be back for training tomorrow, maybe some today – as we are training a bit later for the results to be (here) on time.

“Some of the guys who were on international duty are due to be back today, so they had to do the (Covid) test again as soon as they landed back in the country.

“Hopefully they are all going to be good, but we had a few cases, yes. (It is) confidential. We cannot say the names.

“Let’s say a few, but the good thing is players like Pereira and Ivanovic are back.

“They have been training this week so they should be alright for the game against Man United.”

Bilic added: “Callum Robinson went (away) for Ireland, but he got a positive test.

“He is fit, he did a test last night and the results came this morning. He is negative so we are hoping to see today, but they should (all) be okay.”

West Brom are not the only Premier League side to be hit by players testing positive for Covid-19 while off travelling around the globe.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny have returned positive coronavirus tests during their time away with Egypt.

Arsenal are also expected to have to be without Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac after his confirmed case.

Bilic, though, accepts there is “nothing you can do” about the situation – apart from be prepared how to tackle it.

“You cant plan ‘we are going to play like this’, with not having a Plan B or alternatives,” the West Brom manager said.

“It is not that it may happen, it is going to happen unfortunately – and not just for us, but for every team it is going to happen.

“You just have to hope that you are going to be lucky enough that it will not be your players who get it.

“But what you have to do is have in mind also some other guys and monitor them more than you should.

“It is basically that you just don’t have your starting XI, but to have your starting 16.

“You have to keep them all on their toes because their chance can come – and is coming basically – like this, when the situation changes dramatically.”

Pereira in line for new West Brom deal

According to a report from Football Insider, the Baggies man is expected to pen fresh terms at the Hawthorns on a new five-year deal.

The 24-year-old signed for West Brom permanently in the summer, joining from Sporting Lisbon for £8m after an impressive loan spell last season.

Albion are keen to tie down the Brazilian for the long haul, with the report claiming the deal for statistically the most creative player in the Championship last season will run until 2025.

So far in the Premier League this season Pereira has one goal and two assists in seven games, with West Brom yet to secure a first win of the campaign and struggling with just three top flight points.

No doubt the playmaker will be key if the Baggies are to avoid relegation back to the second tier – Slaven Bilic’s side take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend.

Pereira in line for new West Brom deal

According to a report from Football Insider, the Baggies man is expected to pen fresh terms at the Hawthorns on a new five-year deal.

The 24-year-old signed for West Brom permanently in the summer, joining from Sporting Lisbon for £8m after an impressive loan spell last season.

Albion are keen to tie down the Brazilian for the long haul, with the report claiming the deal for statistically the most creative player in the Championship last season will run until 2025.

So far in the Premier League this season Pereira has one goal and two assists in seven games, with West Brom yet to secure a first win of the campaign and struggling with just three top flight points.

No doubt the playmaker will be key if the Baggies are to avoid relegation back to the second tier – Slaven Bilic’s side take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend.

Chelsea fight back to secure 3-3 Premier League draw at West Brom

The big news ahead of kick off was Frank Lampard’s decision to drop the under fire Kepa for the trip to The Hawthorns, but his replacement Willy Caballero fared no better, as the Argentinian keeper conceded three goals inside the 30 minutes.

The hosts were excellent in the opening stages, as Lampard’s big money stars were simply unable to cope with them.

Callum Robinson got the ball rolling for the Baggies after just four minutes, as he lashed home Matheus Pereira’s pass.

Chelsea did look to offer up a speedy response to Robinson’s opener, with Tammy Abraham denied by Sam Johnstone and Timo Werner firing off the crossbar.

Those misses were immediately punished by the hosts, as Robinson raced onto Thiago Silva’s error to make it 2-0 before former Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley tapped in a third.

Lampard must have tore the paint off the walls in the dressing rom during the break, as his side came out as a different beast in the second half.

With the Baggies digging in for the win, Chelsea dominated after the restart, with Mason Mount kick starting their comeback with a rocket of a finish.

It was one way traffic in the closing stages, as Kai Havertz slipped Callum Hudson-Odoi in for a second goal to set up a tense finale.

But just as West Brom seemed to be hanging on for the points, England international Abraham popped up inside the box to fire home the equaliser.

FULL TIME AT THE HAWTHORNS IT WEST BROM 3 CHELSEA 3