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  • August 14, 2011
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 25360
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Premier League Preview: West Brom - Manchester United

The Red Devils start their league campaign against Roy Hodgson's men, who conceded the most number of goals by any team in the Premier League last season but still finished 11th

Season Kickoff! Watch West Brom vs. Manchester United Sunday live at 11 a.m. ET on FOX Soccer. For a complete match schedule, click here.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM (4-5-1)

Foster
Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey;
Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Dorrans, Tchoyi
Odemwingie
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2)

De Gea
Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra
Young, Anderson, Cleverley, Nani
Rooney, Berbatov

Zoltan Gera is suspended for three matches and will not take any part in this fixture. Peter Odemwingie is doubtful as he is recovering from an ankle injury suffered during preseason. New signing Shane Long could be in line for a start if the Nigerian does not make it in time. Steven Reid (calf) and Gareth McAuley (illness) remain doubtful for this game.

Sir Alex Ferguson will miss Darren Fletcher through illness, Javier Hernandez (concussion) and Antonio Valencia (ankle). Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra are still doubtful of making it in time for the game at the Hawthorns.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • West Bromwich Albion has never won its opening fixture in the Premier League so far. In five curtain raisers, it has managed only two draws, and has lost on three other occasions.
  • The Baggies conceded 71 goals in the league last season. That was the most number of goals shipped in by any side in the top flight.
  • In the 55 league games that have taken place between these two sides at West Brom, the hosts have won 18 time, while the Red Devils have triumphed on 26 occasions. The remaining 11 have ended in draws.
  • But recent history strongly favors Manchester United, as Sir Alex Ferguson's men are unbeaten in their last 10 league games against these opponents.
  • The Old Trafford club scored 78 goals last season, more than any other team in the Premier League.
  • It is currently the club with the most number of league titles (19) to its name, having surpassed Liverpool (18) by winning the top-flight last season.
  • Dimitar Berbatov scored 20 goals last season, and shared the golden boot with Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

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1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
12Steven ReidDefender
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
11Chris BruntMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
36Gonzalo JaraDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
5Rio FerdinandDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
8AndersonMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
4Phil JonesDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker

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