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14 hours ago

West Brom and Alan Irvine could do without Saido Berahino distraction

A goal from Saido Berahino, left, gave West Brom fans some hope, but in they end the Baggies departed Anfield without a point.
Saido Berahino has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Saido Berahino's alleged drink-driving and Youssouf Mulumbu's Twitter antics have provided coach Alan Irvine with an unwanted distraction as he looks to rejuvenate West Brom from the mini-slump they find themselves in.

The performance and attitude of Berahino has been one of the few bright points in Irvine's first season in charge at West Brom, as the Scot's backing of the young forward has given him confidence. But Berahino's arrest has given Irvine a new issue to deal with, particularly with...

5 days ago

Alan Irvine must take share of blame for Baggies' limp loss to Chelsea

ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps the wins by Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday.

On the face of it, losing 2-0 to Chelsea was not that bad a result for West Brom considering they played with 10 men for a long period of the match. It wasn't the result that was disappointing, though; it was the performance.

"We can't sit back and allow Chelsea to have the ball and try to soak up the pressure," coach Alan Irvine said in his news conference before the match, "as they will eventually break us down."

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That is exactly what West Brom did, and it turned out exactly as Irvine suggested...

6 days ago

Three Points -- Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion

ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps the wins by Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday.

LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's comprehensive 2-0 victory over the West Brom.

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1. The best of the Blues

So this is what full-strength Chelsea look like: utterly frightening. They beat 10-man West Brom 2-0, but those relatively sparse facts don't even begin to reveal their brilliance in this game, and just how awesome the league leaders can look.

Diego Costa again scored after finally getting an extended rest; Cesc Fabregas again set up a goal; and the entire team looked scintillating...

Nov 20, 2014

Tried-and-tested the best way forward for West Brom at Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine believes his side have a chance at defeating Chelsea this weekend.

West Bromwich Albion's visit to Chelsea this weekend brings back memories of last season, as Stamford Bridge was where it all started to unravel for The Baggies.

Going into stoppage time, Albion were 2-1 up and on the verge of being the first Premier League side to defeat a Jose Mourinho Chelsea team at Stamford Bridge. But the hosts were awarded a highly controversial penalty that Eden Hazard converted. Less than a month later, former Albion manager Steve Clarke found himself out of a job.

A...

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Nov 11, 2014

Player of the Season so far: Your club's best performer in the Premier League

The ESPN FC crew respond to your tweets and discuss the candidates for EPL MVP thus far and question whether or not Craig Burley will ever manage.

With the season in full swing, who has shone in the Premier League? We asked our ESPN FC bloggers who has been their club's player of the season so far ...

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Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez

In a season when Arsenal have lurched from the less than sublime to the beyond ridiculous, the Chilean stands head and shoulders above anyone else. Desire, work rate, energy, application, a hunger to make an impact on games and the end product to back it up. So far...

Nov 10, 2014

Alan Irvine's tactical change hurts West Brom in Newcastle loss

Newcastle continued their winning streak with a convincing 2-nil win over West Brom.

West Brom's tactical switch to 4-4-2 failed to pay off as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle United at The Hawthorns.

It's not the first time Albion have struggled this season using that formation, and the 4-5-1 formation used so often by Alan Irvine will surely return for West Brom's first game after the international break, away to league leaders Chelsea.

I believe there was some sound reasoning behind Irvine's switch to a 4-4-2, in fact it was something I suggested could happen in...