According to a West Bromwich Albion fan website, two West Brom players feature in the worst XI of 2015-16.

Yet while relegation is still mathematically possible in 2015-16 (as of March), it seems highly unlikely. Let’s take a look at the Baggies’ time in the Premier League…

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History in Premier League

West Brom have gained promotion to the Premier League four times. The first came after the 2001-02 season as a result of a second-place finish in the second tier. The Baggies went straight down, but came back up again for the 2004-05 season.

Under manager Bryan Robson, West Brom managed what has to be the greatest relegation escape in Premier League history. After propping up the table for most of the season, they avoided the drop on the very last day of the 2004-05 season.

West Brom remain the only team to be bottom of the Premier League at Christmas but not be relegated at the end of the season.

This amazing lucky streak didn’t last and they were relegated at the end of the next season. After coming up again for 2008-09, they went straight back down before coming right back up yet again for the 2010-11 season.

The West Midlands club is currently in its fourth term in the Premier League. They managed respectable 11th, 10th and 8th-place finishes, before narrowly avoiding relegation with a 17th place finish in 2013-14. They finished 13th in 2014-15.


Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis became manager of West Brom on New Year’s Days 2015, just months after leaving Crystal Palace.

Pulis took over newly-promoted Crystal Palace in November 2013. While at Selhurst Park, he helped the club avoid what appeared to be certain relegation and they finished a respectable 11th place in the Premier League.

Before this short time at Crystal Palace, the Welshman led Stoke City to promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the 2007/08 season after a successful run in the Championship play-offs. Pulis then kept Stoke safely in the top flight for another five seasons.

After taking the reins at Crystal Palace, Pulis guided the Eagles from the relegation zone to comfortable safety and an 11th-place finish. An impressive run of five straight wins in the 2013-14 season helped Pulis win Barclays Manager of the Month for April 2014.

Pulis took charge at West Brom halfway through the 2014/15 campaign. He was able to guide his side to safety and once again proved his ability to get struggling clubs out of trouble.

Key player

Ben Foster

Goalkeeper Ben Foster came back to the pitch in January 2016 after cruciate knee ligament surgery, and is very much proving his worth to his side.

With the forward line of Saido Berahino, Salomón Rondón, Rickie Lambert and Victor Anichebe unable to score goals on a regular basis, Foster has done a great job of keeping them out at the other end.

Most notably, Foster’s saves in the Baggies’ 1-0 win away at Everton in February gave his team three crucial points, despite the fact that the Toffees dominated in attack.

Here at Ladbrokes, we believe that West Brom’s ability to avoid the relegation zone is due in large part to the efforts of the England international between the sticks at the Hawthorns.

We strongly believe that West Brom will avoid the drop, which is why we’ve taken them off the betting for relegation.

If Pulis’ reputation as a master of getting his sides out of trouble was ever in doubt, it certainly won’t be after the 2015-16 season.

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