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[14th-Mar-15] Match Preview: West Brom - Stoke (11:00 - NBC Extra Time)

Star striker Saido Berahino will join Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe on the list of game-time decisions while Callum McManaman is still out due to injury for West Brom. Stoke's Ryan Shawcross will be fit once again, returning from a back injury while Stephen Ireland is likely to miss the game.
West Brom are 1-3-7 against Stoke in their last 11 games, dropping all 5 at home to the Potters and the Baggies are without a win at home to Stoke since 2003. West Brom are 3-0-1 at home since Tony Pulis took charge of the club in January and they have 5 clean sheets in 6 league and cup games at The Hawthrones under Pulis. West Brom's 11 clean sheets on the season is also only bested by Southampton and Chelsea, both of whom have 13.
Stoke have only lost 3 of their last 14 matches, the three losses being against the top three in the league (Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal). Stoke are going for their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League, something only once previously managed by the Potters in 2011. Striker Peter Crouch's current 45 all time Premier League headed goals is tied for the most in the league's history.
Stoke are a much better organized side and if Berahino doesn't play it will be very tough for West Brom. I expect Stoke to be the better side all around.
West Brom 1-2 Stoke
@CitySarajevo I wouldn't say he's the WHOLE offense but he's certainly an integral part. West Brom will miss him next season.
@CitySarajevo He's the whole offense!
@CitySarajevo I saw. Looked fit too, I was completely wrong.
@Spudsy2061 He played. Looked good.
@CitySarajevo I don't. It's really touch and go.
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“What is a healthy lifestyle?” Our grandmothers would have asked twenty years ago. Now this concept is gaining more and more popularity. The basics of a healthy lifestyle are a minimum of bad habits with a maximum of useful ones that contribute to improving the quality of life of people. If before the main elements of a stylish young man or girl were an active club life, indispensable cigarettes and a glass of alcoholic cocktail, now social networks are full of images of beautiful and toned bodies in training rooms. A photo of a plate with chicken breast and vegetable salad will gain much more “likes” than pictures of a pan with fried potatoes on a beer bottle background. Healthy lifestyle comes quickly and inevitably: shelves with organic products, farm meat and vegetables are already beginning to appear on shelves in stores, sports halls are opening. Reasons for the popularity of healthy lifestyle A correct lifestyle contributes not only to an overall improvement in the state of the body, but also to the appearance of the person. What are the criteria for a healthy lifestyle? This is a rational diet, physical activity corresponding to a person’s age and condition, a good sleep and many other little things that positively affect the state of the human body. Anyone who follows the basic rules of a healthy lifestyle compares favorably with others: he has a fresh complexion, good posture and a lively look, always full of energy , the desire to try something interesting. It is impossible not to notice him against the background of people with gray puffy faces, voluminous bellies, shortness of breath and stooped backs, with difficulty carrying themselves through life from the couch to work. He who observes the main components of the healthy lifestyle clearly understands how much effort and time he needs to maintain himself in perfect condition, so he will not spend a second on meaningless or unpleasant actions. This is especially valuable in the age of high technology, when every minute counts. Healthy lifestyle components A healthy lifestyle is a combination of several basic elements, including the following: - proper nutrition; - physical exercise; - healthy sleep; - rational distribution of time; - refusal of excesses. All these components of a healthy lifestyle are fundamental. It is a mistake to think that in order to change life, it is enough to change one thing. You can’t give up part of bad habits, and be content with it. Fundamental changes are always needed for fundamental changes. Each person has a different character, and where one can, by a willful decision, immediately abandon all that is superfluous, the other will better abandon the idea of self-improvement, fearing the burden of future worries. Therefore, psychologists advise not to rush to apply all the main components of a healthy lifestyle at once, but to do it gradually in order to first unconsciously accept the basics of a healthy lifestyle and make changes easier to transfer. Where to start a healthy lifestyle A healthy lifestyle begins with a person realizing that he does not live correctly. And for everyone this happens in different ways: someone notices a too big figure on the scales, someone feels unsatisfied, broken, tired, someone constantly gets sick. Sometimes people for years come to the idea that just a diet or prevention of colds is not enough to solve their problems. And it seems to them that they are leading the right way of life, since they abandoned any one component of the past: they quit drinking or smoking, started going to the gym or went on a diet. However, HLS is not one small concession, but a large set of measures for self-improvement, and although it should be started small, we must strive for more. Such components of a healthy lifestyle as regular exercise and proper cooking cannot just be discarded or replaced with less time-consuming options. Healthy lifestyle and its components The main components of a healthy lifestyle are not the only ones, but they are the basis of a new mode of existence, which should not be taken as punishment or torment, but as a kind of peak, the achievement of which is interesting and exciting. It is not necessary to rest only on the basic elements. There are other healthy lifestyle factors , such as, for example, spiritual practices, psychological training, and the community of fans of the rules of a healthy lifestyle that help to exchange experiences with other adepts. Balanced diet This is the cornerstone that holds the other components of a healthy lifestyle. Depending on the physical condition of a person, on the principles that he practices, nutrition can be different: healthy eatingsomeone prefers vegetarianism, someone raw food diet, paleodiet becomes an outlet for someone. There is no one true option, as there is no one most correct spiritual practice, because all people are different, and the ways that lead them to a state of inner harmony are different for everyone. One thing is certain for sure: nutrition is always included in the basics of a healthy lifestyle in the forefront, since the spiritual state directly depends on the body. The body is actually a “box” for the soul, it is impossible to get to what is inside without changing the container so that you can freely engage in the state of content. Nutrition has a huge impact on health, not in vain for many diseases, doctors prescribe certain diets. Sport lifestyle Without physical activity, it is also impossible to talk about self-improvement. An unsportsmanlike person is often melancholy, inclined to forgive his minor weaknesses. He has no habit of loading muscles, overcoming himself, he will easily violate the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle due to the lack of self-discipline. Sport not only heals, it also contributes to the formation of a beautiful appearance, and the joy of contemplating the reflection in the mirror, the pride, pleasure that people receive when they look at the updated version of themselves, only support their desire to observe the right lifestyle. 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A healthy lifestyle requires self-denial, a willingness to spend part of the time providing yourself with wholesome foods, preparing appropriate dishes, and training. It takes less than half an hour to cook semi-finished products. On a trip to the store for the appropriate ingredients, cooking will have to spend more time, and you need to do this constantly. After all, what is a healthy lifestyle? This is a steady, constant adherence to certain rules and its chosen components, and the components of a healthy lifestyle cannot be applied partially and irregularly, otherwise these will be random moments against the background of ordinary existence. Refusal of excesses In real life, a healthy image has little to do with the concept of a beautiful or thin body. Not everything that leads to weight loss is beneficial, and sometimes in an attempt to achieve a visual effect an unprepared person comes to the opposite - diseases, poor health, and dissatisfaction with oneself. Proper nutrition and a sporting lifestyle alone will not give full effect, if at the same time you continue to allow yourself obvious excesses that pathologically affect the general condition of the body, accustom it to general relaxation on the verge of being optional and destructively affect the healthy lifestyle itself and its components . Therefore, excesses are not only smoking or drinking alcohol, but also the habit of breaking the correct regime, allowing yourself to deviate from some important postulates, and so on. Allowed weaknesses Not every person has a strong character, everyone should only do what they can master, gradually, taking small steps, moving forward, one at a time accepting the rules of a healthy lifestyle. It is sometimes necessary to allow oneself to deviate from them; weaknesses will only help to observe the principles of healthy lifestyle, if they are: 1. Really rare; 2. Small and well controlled; 3. Do not lead to systematic violations of the main components of a healthy lifestyle. To smoke one cigarette once a month, gradually increasing the period between smoking to two, three or more months - this is a minor weakness, which allows at the initial stage for a person who comprehends the very basics of a healthy lifestyle. Smoking a pack of cigarettes every day instead of one and a half, without reducing the dose at the same time, is already a harmful habit that affects the subconscious: if you are allowed to continue smoking, then you can afford to continue to eat fast food and skip workouts. Healthy lifestyle criteria Willingness should consist of internal messages, because no advice, persuasion or requirements will force a person to follow the basic principles that are necessary to bring his life into a state of at least relatively healthy, if there is no need to change. But even with such an aspiration, one should not forget that you should not rush into the pool of self-improvement thoughtlessly. The criteria for healthy lifestyles appeared for a reason, they are justified.666 For example, with a number of diseases it is impossible to violate a prescribed diet, even in order to lead a healthy lifestyle; one should not try to perform sets of exercises for trained athletes through force, if the physical form leaves much to be desired - instead of benefit, there is a high probability of injury; attempts to achieve an enhanced effect by changing the terms of diets to large ones will turn healthy food into a dangerous hunger strike, and excessive zeal will turn into harm instead of benefit. Knowing of limits You can’t talk about the rules applicable for the transition to a healthy lifestyle, without mentioning a very important point. There are healthy lifestyle factors that significantly affect the outcome, and one of them is a sense of proportion. The right way of life is built on limitations, self-discipline, building a system of habits that allows you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and its components in the long run. A person cannot exist in a regime of severe restrictions; moreover, they are usually developed so that there is no excessive psychological pressure, and chronic fatigue from self-denial does not occur. A sense of proportion - that’s what guides the experts who develop recommendations for nutrition, exercise and other components of a healthy lifestyle. Do not seriously violate the timing, diet, and so on, as this can become dangerous. Other healthy lifestyle factors Other aspects that affect the process of self-improvement include: - psychological preparedness for breakdowns; - the ability to replace prohibited products with others, since refusing is always more difficult than replacing with an analog; - the ability to consistently implement the plan and so on. What is healthy lifestyle? This is not only a certain group of basic elements based on physiological aspects, but also a huge layer of components lying in the field of psychology and fine tuning of the subconscious. Conclusion A healthy lifestyle and its components are steadily included in our reality: there are debates on the Internet about the best diets and exercise complexes, on television they talk about the many basics of a healthy lifestyle , in stores on the shelves there are more and more ecological products. A modern person simply cannot get out of reality, which teaches what HLS is, because we are all unique, and to preserve this uniqueness, to keep it as close as possible to an ideal state, is an excellent goal in life. The rules of a healthy lifestyle are not as complex as it seems at first glance, and sometimes it’s enough just to start to realize how necessary it was.
[21st-Feb-15] Match Preview: Aston Villa – Stoke City
New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will take the reins for his first match in charge as the west midlands side host Stoke City. Carles Gil &Gabby Agbonlahor are set to return to the squad for Villa, which they remain without the services of Nathan Barker and Philippe Senderos at the back. Stoke City are also suffering from a few injuries and missing players, with captain Ryan Shawcross alongside Marc Muniesa on the injury list. American Geoff Cameron is also banned for the match but Stoke will have Marc Wilson & Erik Pieters available for selection. Form suggests a stale game. Villa have an appalling scoring record, the likes of which only Portsmouth avoided relegation with in previous Premier League campaigns, while Stoke City are coming off the back of 4-1 losses to Manchester City and Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Form also suggests the worst for Villa, having lost 5 consecutive Premier League games they could make it 6 in a row for the second time this season. They are also without a win in their last 10 games, managing only 3 points from them and have yet to win in the Premier League in over 2 months. The 12 goals scored in 25 games is also the lowest in Premier League history. Stoke City on the other hand have only lost one of their last 5 away Premier League games. Stoke also possess the second lowest shooting accuracy at 36.6% with only Aston Villa being worst but the Potters’ impressive disciplinary record could help them, being only one of two clubs (the other being Burnley) yet to have a player sent off this season. Striker Peter Crouch is also in form having netted in the last 3 games for Stoke. Predictions: Flat game but both sides have their chances. Villa fight well for a point. Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke City
[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