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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:21:30 PM »
Anyone know the latest on Harper? Seems very strange that he is yet to make an appearance this year, especially considering he was going to leave and was convinced by Slaven to renew. Would of thought that at least a couple of appearances would have been guaranteed to make him sign, maybe he is expecting to start featuring more in the christmas period and in the new year?

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: November 25, 2019, 11:33:59 AM »
Well after being outboxed for most of the fight Wilder got the job done with a one punch Ko. Did'nt see the Smith v Ryder fight but a lot of people saying Ryder should have won the fight.

And on the Wilder undercard his brother Marsellos was stopped in the fourth round of his fight against Dustin Long.

I had Wilder losing every round until the big finish. Hes a bit of an enigma as in certainly not the best boxer in the world and has horrendous technique but he holds devastating power in that right hand. He spends the whole fight waiting and trying to set it up, so throws very few punches and therefore loses more rounds than he wins. But if you have that power then you will send anyone to the canvass including Fury, AJ and anyone else if he lands it. Fury will beat him as long as he doesnt allow Wilder to land that one punch but thats verry difficult to do over 12 rounds. I also think AJ could beat him but its more down to weather he can engineer a moment to put Wilder down before he can land his right and I dont think AJ is good enough defensively to do that

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: November 22, 2019, 11:24:40 AM »
Good weekend for boxing if anyone is interested, Golden Contract starts tonight on Sky, tomorrow we have Callum Smith vs John Ryder and Wilder vs Ortiz II.

Expecting a relatively comfortable win for Smith round 5-7 I think and similar for Wilder but would love Ortiz to beat him just because I'm not a huge fan of Wilder

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:58:22 AM »
Exciting card for tomorrow night, the most popular fight in the UK is probably Chisora v Price but for me Taylor vs Prograis looks a belter. A unification fight between 2 of the worlds best in the super-light weight division, I'll edge it Prograis but wouldn't surprise me at all if Josh Taylor wins even by KO. He is far the biggest challenge that Prograis will have faced so far and I think Taylor has that crazy-jock belief in himself that will give Prograis plenty to think about. We also have Connor Benn who is always a great watch against Steve Jamoye, expecting a comfortable win for Benn. Lawrence Okolie also looking to get back on the up after a strange fight against Gudino and is fighting undefeated Ngabu, really needs to turn it on otherwise it might prove a difficult night for him. Also, I never usually took much notice of female fighters until Katie Taylor came to fame to be honest but Shannon Courtenay is a really good fighter and I expect she will win comfortably. Finally, there is a good domestic battle in Selby vs Burns where both have had tough fights in recent years so it will be interesting to see how it goes down

What a fight between Taylor and Prograis, I had it a draw but in the end Taylor won by majority decision. I think the home crowd may have helped the judges a little bit. Even so, a fight of the year contender between 2 world class fighters. Comfortable win for Chisora, glad they threw the towel in for Pricey as much as I love a good knockout I would of felt sick if he had another big punch and was put out cold. Connor Benn had a great stoppage, he really needs to think about moving up in terms of the quality of opponents. Okolie won by another stoppage but I just cant get interested in him, his style is too awkward for me. Missed Shannon Courtenays fight but by the sounds of it she won by a close decision which is common in 4 round fights. Also a good win by Selby who just looked a little fresher than Burns as he is that little bit younger, but I do like Burns and he should think about retiring soon I think

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 25, 2019, 01:45:18 PM »
Since when did Chisora and David price become Ppv box office attractions ? Can’t believe sky are charging £20 for it . I know Parker got injured but even Parker chisora isn’t a box office event

PPV is because Taylor vs Prograis is a unification fight between 2 world champions at Super-Light Weight. With the rest of the card its not a surprise its PPV, I've seen smaller fights attract a PPV audience

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 25, 2019, 12:58:01 PM »
Price has no chance against Chisora.  Hope he gets a good payday and retires though. Be over in 3 rounds I reckon.

Agreed, I think Chisora is all wrong for price really. Not too dissimilar to Povetkin, a big bruiser that can bang. Price is a good fighter, his chin just lets him down so if Chisora turns it on like he did against Szpilka then inside 3 rounds is a good bet

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 25, 2019, 11:43:19 AM »
Exciting card for tomorrow night, the most popular fight in the UK is probably Chisora v Price but for me Taylor vs Prograis looks a belter. A unification fight between 2 of the worlds best in the super-light weight division, I'll edge it Prograis but wouldn't surprise me at all if Josh Taylor wins even by KO. He is far the biggest challenge that Prograis will have faced so far and I think Taylor has that crazy-jock belief in himself that will give Prograis plenty to think about. We also have Connor Benn who is always a great watch against Steve Jamoye, expecting a comfortable win for Benn. Lawrence Okolie also looking to get back on the up after a strange fight against Gudino and is fighting undefeated Ngabu, really needs to turn it on otherwise it might prove a difficult night for him. Also, I never usually took much notice of female fighters until Katie Taylor came to fame to be honest but Shannon Courtenay is a really good fighter and I expect she will win comfortably. Finally, there is a good domestic battle in Selby vs Burns where both have had tough fights in recent years so it will be interesting to see how it goes down

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General Football & Sports / Re: Darren Moore
« on: October 24, 2019, 01:05:50 PM »
I really hope that he learns from the mistakes he made with us and go on to become a top manager. Hardly a nicer guy in football and was a hero of mine growing up. If he could get the bit at the back right, he plays very nice attacking football and could do very well, just needs that experience where he can learn from his errors

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 22, 2019, 12:09:10 PM »
Expecting a similar game to vs Boro, dogged and tough but think we will knick a 1-0 win. On paper we have much better quality but they aren't going to roll over, a little big of magic from Pereira or Diang might be the difference although I would love Charlie to get another goal.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:41:24 PM »
Chisora v David Price has been announced for the undercard of the Josh Taylor fight after previous opponent Sprong has failed a drugs test with VADA. I really feel that Price should hang his gloves up, could be another worrying knockout. Chisora hits as hard if not harder than Povetkin so it could get ugly for him

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: September 27, 2019, 10:23:43 AM »
Agree, any player who can handle the physicality of the Premier League at age 16 is going to be fine as a grown man in the championship - the english youth system is famous (or infamous according to some) for going for brawn over brains and Rooney is typical of that.

One thing I would say though is that I think he's fell out of love with the game. He moved to Everton to play for his boyhood club and did quite well, then 1 year on he chose USA. Then he started moaning over there and seems sick of it. I think he will be ok for them without being a world-beater, but you'd think he'd have huge wages which will be a waste - even if it is funded by a loophole.

Little harsh that I think, Rooney has a fantastic football brain and is physically strong. One of the reasons he was in the top bracket of players in his prime. Although I do agree, I don't expect him to set the championship alight, I remember when they signed Ashley Cole last year. Obvious publicity stunt as signing players that were world class 10-15 years ago doesn't mean they will have the edge to cut it in a very competitive division.

On to Derby though, ridiculous by playing staff and I thought taxi-gate was bad. Drink driving and injuring a key player, cant imagine what kind of punishment Derby will have lined up. As much as they are decent players involved I think you need to sell them in January to send a message to the rest of the squad that it shouldn't be tolerated

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Semi Ajayi joins WBA
« on: September 27, 2019, 10:16:41 AM »
Fantastic article, really please with Semi so far. Early days but looks solid and I think he will only improve further with a stronger centre half partner. Seems the sort of guy who is always learning and will get better with age. Future Premier League centre half for sure

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke
« on: August 30, 2019, 01:53:15 PM »
Going to Alaves on a season long loan with a recall option in Jan, according to Matt Wilson on Twitter

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matty Phillips
« on: August 30, 2019, 01:26:39 PM »
Signed a new 3 year deal!

Big commitment by the club considering he has the potential of not being fully fit for chunks of the season, on his day though one of the best in the championship so worth while gamble for me

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: August 30, 2019, 09:54:33 AM »
Great fight set for tomorrow night, Lomachenko vs Campbell with a great undercard. Can't see past a Loma win though, future Hall of Famer for sure. Undercard is also interesting, Hughie Fury vs Povetkin is a good match up allow us to see what Hughie is made of against an experienced and tough fighter. I do think he gets more media attention than he warrants though due to his last name but he is a little younger than his cousin so can still work his way up the rankings

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General Football & Sports / Re: Westbrom.com fantasy football
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:01:08 PM »
League has been renewed from last season to rejoin. For new players the code is: t10mqv

Late starter but I've joined the league, didn't realise there was a .com one going! I'm top of my friends league that I'm in so watch out, Dynamo Kebab are aiming for the top :P

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:13:54 AM »
Bit of doom and gloom on here! I thought Livermore played well, its obvious that he feels far more comfortable with the current midfield. Sawyers played ok, not quite as well as previous games but I don't think he was any better than Livermore last night.

Johnstone can't be blamed for that goal, only Mr. Tickle would have gotten to that. He also made a decent save for the freekick in the first half, although I would have been disappointed if it had gone in as it was at a good height for him.

Diang needs to speed his decision making up a little and sometimes release the ball a little quicker but it is nice to see a winger taking on players.

Pereira looked excellent when he came on, really looking forward to a season of him and Krovinovic dismantling defences.

Austin looked isolated which is always the danger when playing a lone striker against 3 CB's, I actually think Zohore may have been a better choice to start as it looks like he has more legs on him to run in behind.

Reading played very well though, they had a good game plan to sit deep and man mark in open play. It was clear they wanted to bog down the pitch in front of the 18 yard box and make it difficult to play through.

Overall though I was relatively happy with the performance, deserved at least 1 or 2 more pens! If we get that pen in the first 10 minutes its a game changer, the first goal was always going to be very important. We score early on and Reading have to open up more to try and get an equaliser which would have left gaps that could have been exploited by our attacking options. It would have been a robbery for us not to at least get a point out of the game and we probably on the balance of play deserved to win it. Still undefeated in the league though with a lot of our summer signings only just starting to get some game time. A few more matches under the belt and we will destroy some teams in this league (any idea when we play Stoke  :P)

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:04:46 AM »
Early days I know and the team still needs time to gel, but.... this is a game that should be winning if we want to be getting automatic promotion. Won't be our season over if we do lose but I think its important to keep the momentum going and I can't think of a better way other than to get our first home win of the season

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 19, 2019, 10:50:19 AM »
The build up play to Diangana's second 'lucky' goal was superb.

Yeah I didn't see the game, only the highlights, but I couldn't see where Jones was coming from with the 'lucky' goals comment. First one was a superb finish where a great bit of movement opened the angle for him and the second one was quick reaction to the ball bouncing around. I get the feeling with how Jones sets his teams up and his post match comments that he is quite delusional

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:29:15 PM »

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:18:30 PM »
Bring on Austin, try and kill the game. 3 points at the start of the season are worth just as much as at the end, could be an important win

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:43:25 PM »
Just shows how much we need these signings to give us a cutting edge and turn possession into goal

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 09, 2019, 10:18:34 AM »
Agree with the majority here and don't think we will see much change from the starting 11, which  we shouldn't. Hoping to see one or two on the bench though probably Pereira and maybe Diang? Either way I am buzzing for this game and the rest of the season. A few pundits who have been making assumptions based on our outgoings could be a bit surprised with how we do.

Millwall will still be a tough one though I think, early season and the team hasn't had very long to gel. Think we will see a narrow win but Ill wait a few games until I jump on the bandwagon of we are/are not good enough

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As far as noises from WBA are concerned it's been off all summer, never been on so we can't blame anybody at WBA.

I agree, they said at the start of the window that he's not coming so with I am with the mindset that its not happening. If he does end up coming then I will be happily surprised

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Interesting reports that training is off at Newcastle today but Gayle has been spotted at the training ground? Would love him to come back but I am sick to death of this its on, its off situation. Its the hope that kills you

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