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West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

2017-08-11 18:26:00, Views: 0, Clubcall

West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

Tony Pulis will hope to celebrate a new contract by leading his West Brom side to an opening day victory over Bournemouth.

The Welshman has extended his deal at the Hawthorns until 2019 and admitted his delight at being able to continue the 'building process', as the Baggies eye another top-half finish.

West Brom recorded a 1-0 away win at Crystal Palace on the opening day of last season and also ended a poor recent run against Bournemouth last term. A 2-1 home success in 2016-17 ended a run of four games without a win against the Cherries.

Gareth McAuley scored the winner then but will miss Saturday's match with a thigh problem, while Pulis is also missing midfielder James Morrison due to a knee injury. The Baggies though are expected to hand a debut to summer signing Jay Rodriquez while another new addition, Ahmed Hegazi, is also pushing for a starting berth.

Bournemouth, who have lost both of their opening day Premier League fixtures, will hand a late fitness to Jermain Defoe as the former Sunderland and Tottenham man is battling to recover from a groin injury.

Two other summer arrivals, Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake, are expected to start but there will be no place for Junior Stanislas, with a groin issue keeping him on the sidelines.


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