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Berahino to Chelsea?
While there are always crazy transfer rumors floating around, today I saw one that really caught my eye. Reports have surfaced that misfiring Chelsea are going to make a 20 million pound offer for West Brom's 22 year old striker. Berahino was the subject of some crazy drama over the summer. Spurs made West Brom an offer for the young striker's services, only to have West Brom refuse to sell. Berahino flipped and made public statements damning the management. He even went as far to say that he would never play for West Brom again after they refused to let him leave for greener pastures. That all cooled down, though, and he has been playing for the Baggies for the majority of the season. Chelsea are in desperate need of help up front as the loan for Radamel Falcao looks sure to come to a screeching halt. Falcao has been absolutely awful all season and the experiment by Jose Mourinho to revive the Colombian's career has clearly failed. It's sad, to watch a player like Falcao have his career crumble before our very eyes due to injury. Only two or three short years ago, he was considered the best pure striker in the world. Now, he can't find the net. In any case, it's time for Chelsea to move on from Falcao and with Diego Costs way off the mark and Loic Remy just simply not good enough, Chelsea need some reinforcements. Berahino could be just the man that Chelsea need, but I'm not totally sure. The English international scored a really solid 14 league goals last season (and 20 in all competitions), but has scored just three times in the league so far this campaign. That's not good enough for Chelsea, if you ask me. I think Chelsea need to bring in an accomplished striker who they know will get them goals. I don't see this as a time to experiment with a young, fairly unproven player who has a history of having something of a short temper. Not to mention, he's out of form and would struggle to get into the team ahead of Costa. It would be bad for his development to sit on the bench each weekend. What do you guys think? Is Berahino to Chelsea the right fit? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur
[18th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Crystal Palace – West Bromwich Albion
James McArthur & Pape Souare, who were questionable for the match following minor injuries they picked up in last weekend’s game against Sunderland, are expected to start for the Eagles. Palace is still without Lee Chung-yong, Marouane Chamakh, Frazier Campbell, and Jordon Mutch due to injury however. West Brom’s Brown Ideye will have a fitness test to determine if he can play, while Ben Foster remains out for the season for the Baggies. Callum McManaman is fit for the side but Youssouf Mulumbu will miss the fixture due to a suspension. Background The reception Tony Pulis will get as West Brom boss will be interesting. Palace’s highest Premier League finish was 11th last season under the now West Brom boss, but differences with owner Steve Parish saw the former Palace manager walk away from the job just days before the start of the current season. His replacement, Neil Warrock, had the club in the relegation zone before his sacking over the course of the winter, paving the way for Alan Pardew’s reign to begin. The former Palace player has lifted the Eagles to 11th himself, with Palace looking on course to either equal or best that mark. Head-To-Head West Brom have recorded only one win over Palace in all competitions in their last 9 attempts, a Premier League match from 2013. West Brom also head into the game off of three straight Premier League losses, the first time a Pulis team has done so in over two years. West Brom also have recorded a win away from The Hawthornes since the 1st of November, they have played 10 road matches since then. Against teams currently in the bottom half of the table West Brom have only snagged 18 points with only Burnley and Leicester worse. Palace are looking to tie a top flight club record of five consecutive wins if they are victorious Saturday morning. The Eagles’ 15 points out of the 18 available is 2nd highest in the Premier League for those 6 games played, with only Arsenal better. Glenn Murray is still considered in form at the moment, with 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games for the club. Palace have now scored 25 points from an available 36 under manager Alan Pardew, and the club have also scored 2 more goals in those 12 matches than they did in their previous 20. The Eagles have however failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 games at Selhurst Park. Prediction: Palace fans will probably rejoice as I can see them taking all the points in this one, but West Brom should give them a run for their money as they will want to play hard for manager Tony Pulis. Palace 2-1 West Brom
[11th-Apr-15] Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion – Leicester City
Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu starts a three match ban and will be unavailable for selection for West Brom while the Baggies will have defender Craig Dawson available for selection once again after his suspension. Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond looks set to make his first appearance after beign out for 3 months due to an ankle injury, while Matt Upson has overcome his injury that preventing him from playing against his old squad, West Ham, last weekend leaving no injury concerns for Foxes boss Nigel Pearson. Head-To-Head West Brom have won the last 4 meetings between the sides in all competitions but the Baggies have lost back-to-back Premier League games since Tony Pulis took over as boss. Prior to West Brom’s 4-1 loss to QPR last weekend, West Brom had only conceded 10 goals in 10 games under Pulis, including 6 clean sheets. West Brom’s 23 goals conceded at home is also the worst of any of the Premier League clubs so far this season. Leicester City’s 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend was the Foxes‘ first win in 9 games for the side but no side in the history of the Premier League with Leicester’s current tally of 22 points or less after 31 games has gone on to avoid relegation or even climb off the foot of the table. Leicester City’s 5 clean sheets all season is tied for the lowest in the league with fellow relegation threatened QPR and the Foxes have also lost 75% of their away games this season with only QPR worse. Leicester’s 5 goals in their last 2 games is the same number of goals that they scored in the previous 8 matches in the Premier League. Prediction: I think Leicester have been a wildly unlucky side to only have 22 points given their performances, but I still do not seem them bagging any more here. The Foxes looks increasingly unsalvageable at the moment, even after their win last weekend. West Brom 2-1 Leicester