Berahino back for unchanged Albion

30 Sep

West Brom are set to be unchanged for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Sunderland, but Saido Berahino will return to the squad.

West Brom: Berahino back for unchanged AlbionWest Brom: Berahino back for unchanged Albion

Baggies boss Tony Pulis has been pleased with his side of late after they followed up a 4-2 home win against West Ham with a battling last-gasp 1-1 draw at Stoke last Saturday.

The team travel to Wearside this weekend to face the struggling Black Cats at the Stadium of Light and the Welsh tactician is set to stick with the same XI which started at the Bet365 Stadium.

Pulis will have the added boost of striker, Berahino, being back in the fold after he missed the Stoke game because of a stomach bug. But it’s likely he will have to start the game on the bench.

Chris Brunt is again absent, but he likely to return to the first team after the international break following the knee injury which has kept him sidelined since March.

Albion will be hoping to increase the misery on the new Black Cats manager David Moyes after his winless start.

Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League with one point from their first six games since Moyes was appointed as Sam Allardyce’s replacement in the summer.

Pulis has backed Moyes to get it right in the north east but believes, after his time at Manchester United and Everton, the Scot needs to rework his style to survive.

“You have to spend a long time working out how you’re going to get results,” he said.

“You’ve got to play to your players’ strengths, you’ve got to work a system out that will enable that team to get points.

“Irrespective of how they play and don’t play the important thing as a manager is to give yourself enough time to push the team forward.

“To do that you need results, you need to stay in the league. There will be different experiences for David without a question of a doubt.

“I’ve a lot of respect for David and he’s joined a club that has to fight and scrap and work hard to get the points that’s needed to maintain Premier League status.

“I don’t think he had that at Everton at all. He built and put in place a club that was looking more at (the) top six than bottom six so this is a new experience for him, but he’s a top man, a top football manager and I’m sure he’ll get through it.”


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