West Brom v Bournemouth team news and stats

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 12:47

Stephane Sessegnon: Could return to action for West Brom

Bournemouth will hope their record as the hardest-working Premier League side will help them claim a first-ever league win at West Brom on Saturday.

Team news

Stephane Sessegnon could return to the West Brom squad against Bournemouth after a hamstring injury.

The midfielder missed the 2-2 draw at Liverpool after coming off against Tottenham earlier this month and boss Tony Pulis is hopeful the ex-Sunderland man will be available.

Defender Claudio Yacob is still in Argentina after a family bereavement and will not feature while goalkeeper Ben Foster remains out with a long-term knee injury but striker Saido Berahino is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench for the fifth straight game.

Bournemouth forward Josh King (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of the trip.

Forward Lee Tomlin (groin) could be back in contention for the squad, while midfielder Marc Pugh returned from his Achilles injury lay-off to make the bench for last week’s win over Manchester United, as did goalkeeper Adam Federici (ankle).

Captain Tommy Elphick continues his recovery from ankle surgery, while striker Callum Wilson (knee), midfielders Max Gradel (knee) and Christian Atsu (calf) along with defender Tyrone Mings (knee) are also still in rehabilitation.

Opta stats

  • West Bromwich Albion have won just three of their last 12 Barclays Premier League home matches (W3 D3 L6).
  • West Brom and Bournemouth haven’t met in the league since 1992-93 in the third tier of English football when the Baggies won both fixtures.
  • The last meeting between these two sides in any competition came in last season’s League Cup where the Cherries won 2-1.
  • Bournemouth have never won away at West Brom in six visits in all competitions (W0 D2 L4).
  • The Baggies have the lowest average possession figure in the Premier League so far in 2015-16 (39%) and have averaged a league-low 234 successful passes per game.
  • Bournemouth have averaged a distance of 119.1 km per game in the Premier League this season; averaging 3.7km further than any other team per game.
  • Of current Premier League clubs, WBA have the worst record in December; winning just 10 of their 50 games in the month and averaging 0.86 points per game.
  • Tony Pulis’ next defeat will be his 100th in the Premier League – only 14 managers have reached this tally in the competition.
  • 15 of the 19 Premier League goals that Saido Berahino has scored since the start of 2014 have come at the Hawthorns (79%).
  • Callum Wilson is still Bournemouth’s top goal scorer in the Premier League this season (five goals) even though he has not featured due to injury since 26th September.

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