Michael Owen states his prediction for West Brom v Chelsea

Ally Robertson

Ally Robertson

It has been a challenging commencement to the campaign for West Brom, who are now in 16th place in the Premier League, and manager Tony Pulis is under a significant amount of pressure.

West Brom's slide has coincided with just two wins from the last 20 league games to turn up the heat on the Welshman.

"People tell me we are this, that and the other". They've made 89 appearances, the youngsters, and again no one else has done that.

The 59-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I understand the more you give, the more people want". We brought in a lot of good players, players we hoped would gel straight away, and we've been unfortunate. "(Nacer) Chadli, (James) Morrison and (Oliver) Burke are all players who can create and score - and we have not had them.

He added: "If the club decide what they decide, I have got great respect for everybody at the football club, from the supporters to the chairman, to the board".

"We're very disappointed that Chadli's come back, having played two games for Belgium".

The problem is, five of those were scored by visiting teams.

"What has happened is the expectations have gone through the roof", he said.

Pulis has better players and a deeper squad at his disposal, but is failing to get the most out of them and is clearly missing Darren Fletcher, the club captain who surprisingly left in the offseason to join Stoke. He steered the team to a 13th-place finish that year, and followed that up with 14th- and 10th-place finishes in the last two seasons. Not only that but it will take much more than 180 minutes of football to persuade disgruntled fans entertainment is suddenly high on Pulis's agenda, especially as in the first of those two matches, against Watford, West Brom were time-wasting from the start of the second half.

The West Londoners have won on their last two visits to The Hawthorns, but they may have to do without Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi for the match, as they sustained minor injuries whilst on global duty.

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