Year Formed

1878

Stadium

The Hawthorns

Capacity

26,850
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2012/13

West Brom initially struggled to maintain their Premier League status, but that changed after earning promotion in 2009/10. In their third season back, the club managed to finish eighth with 49 points. Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, scored 17 league goals as West Brom looked like developing into a regular top-half club.

 

How they fared last season

Unfortunately though, that has not quite been the case, with Tony Pulis's men battling to a 14th-place finish in 2015/16. The Baggies looked relatively safe for the most part, but ended the season on a nine-match winless run to end up just six points clear of the relegation zone.

34
number of goals
scored last season
48
number of goals
conceded last season
3
red cards
65
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

A stingy and strong defence.

For all the criticism of Pulis, if West Brom remain as good at containing opponents as they were last season, safety is likely.

The Baggies conceded 48 goals – the seventh strongest defence in the league – and their campaign was built on that.

Jonny Evans, Jonas Olsson, Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley played crucial roles in defence and goalkeeper Ben Foster eventually returned from injury.

With Darren Fletcher, James McClean and Craig Gardner in midfield, West Brom was steady and kept 11 clean sheets throughout the season.

Included in that was blanking Manchester United and Southampton, although late in the campaign they did get a warning of what could be expected if the defence was unable to stand up.

The Baggies conceded just 22 goals in 19 away games last season – a record bettered by just four teams.

 

Weaknesses

The shortage of goals should be a huge concern to Pulis and West Brom.

With 34 in the league last season, only relegated Aston Villa scored fewer than them with just 27 – and they were the only two teams to average under a goal a game for the campaign.

Salomon Rondon was decent in his first campaign with nine, but the next best were defender Dawson and Saido Berahino with four.

Berahino, a standout in 2014/15, had to fight his way back into Pulis's plans after his proposed move to Tottenham fell through in the off-season.

Add in a lack of creativity in midfield – Gardner, Fletcher, James Morrison and Chris Brunt created the most goals with three – and West Brom have problems in attack.

 

Formation

Pulis is known for his direct approach and that is the case at The Hawthorns.

 

Star Player

Jonny Evans enjoyed a fine campaign leading the West Brom defence.

The 28-year-old joined from Manchester United last August and managed 30 league appearances.

A calming influence, Evans is also versatile, making him a crucial part of the West Brom side.

The Northern Ireland international was a key part of the team’s clean sheet record last season.

Unless there is a huge improvement in firepower, it is almost certain Evans will need to play another huge role for West Brom in their bid to stay up.

Pulis hailed Evans as the club's "best player this year by a country mile" – and he’ll need to be again this season.

 

Tony Pulis

Manager

Often criticised, Tony Pulis continues to lead clubs to respectable finishes, although without his teams entertaining.

The Welshman, a former defender, had two spells at Stoke City – the second for seven years before taking charge at Crystal Palace.

However, Pulis left Selhurst Park after less than a season, before being named West Brom head coach at the start of 2015.

He is renowned for keeping struggling clubs in the top flight and has never yet been relegated.

Pulis generally has his team playing a long-ball style, leading to criticism that he is too old school.

The 58-year-old, however, still seems to be the master of ensuring his teams are safe.