Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet West Bromwich Albion are considering a move for Feyenoord Under-19 captain Cas Knoester, Sky Sports understands.
The 18-year-old midfielder is rated very highly in his homeland and has already been involved with the first team at De Kuip.
But he could be in line for a move to England after he spent a week training with the Baggies.
A Feyenoord spokesman confirmed to Sky Sports: “We can confirm Knoester did spend time with West Bromwich Albion.” Knoester came through Feyenoord’s youth ranks with the likes of Karim Rekik (Manchester City), Kyle Ebicilio (Arsenal) and Nathan Ake (Chelsea).
Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City host West Brom and Wigan welcome Swansea in two evening kick-offs.
The Latics go into the clash against the Capital One Cup winners knowing three points would take them outside the bottom three in a relegation scrap that still involves eight teams.
At the Etihad Stadium, Roberto Mancini’s side entertain the Baggies targeting a win to strengthen their grip on the runners-up spot.
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*This page will auto refresh every two minutes* 18.25: Manchester City by the way are not that secure in second spot in the table as they lead Chelsea by four points.
Defeat this evening and a win for the Blues tomorrow would reduce the gap to just a single point.
18.20: As you can see in the green box below – there is the table as it stands before tonight’s games.
To keep track of events as the goals go in, just click on the hyperlink in the box at the top of the page that updates the table after every strike.
18.15: In fact Swansea haven’t won their last seven matches and go into the game knowing Michu will miss their last three matches of the season through injury.
It’s just as well the Spaniard’s goals helped the Jacks rocket up the table in the first half of the season.
Otherwise they would be in huge trouble if they were in the middle of this relegation scrap.
Bottom of the table – before kick-off 18.10: As it stands the teams outside the Premier League relegation zone enjoy a three-point gap over Wigan, but their game in hand is tonight and it’s fair to say Swansea haven’t been uprooting trees since winning the Capital One Cup.
18.05: So those pesky Latics are at it again.
Once again written off and once again they are roaring back at this late stage of the season.
I’ll stick my hand up and say I (again) predicted that this would be the year Wigan would go down and while I haven’t been proven wrong yet, these fightbacks late in the season continue to impress as much as they shock me.
18.00: Well it’s not everyday events at Wigan vastly overshadow those at Manchester City but tonight that will be the case.
The Latics’ home game against Swansea is not just huge for them but also of paramount interest to seven other teams at the bottom of the table.
With the league title already sewn up and West Brom coasting in mid-table safety – events at the Etihad Stadium just don’t compare this evening.
Still though, welcome to Sportsmail”s live coverage on a double dose of Premier League action that isn’t going to go down quietly (well at least one half of it won’t.) Fighting for survival: Wigan kept up their hopes of staying up after a 3-2 win at West Brom last weekend
In the latest Fantasy Football blog from top tipsters FantasyYIRMA.com Mark Jones looks at who could win you big points in this double Gameweek
Well we re nearly there aren t we?
As the season s finish line looms large over the horizon each and every point becomes vital in your head-to-head, mini-leagues and of course the #FYCup, the fact that six teams are playing in a double Gameweek shouldn t be ignored.
More important still, is that three of those teams happen to house three of this season s Fantasy favourites.
Okay, maybe Sergio Aguero ( 11.0m) doesn t have the ownership percentage he deserves following a campaign which has been blighted by injuries, but there should be little doubt that he is Manchester City s best forward when on form, and after a goal against West Ham last week and with an FA Cup final place to play for he is sure to be ready to impress as City go to Swansea and then face a home game against West Brom in the next week.
As usual with Roberto Mancini you have to be careful when selecting his forwards, but with the Italian likely to go with a front two of Aguero and Carlos Tevez ( 9.2m) for the showpiece final against Wigan next week then he d be wise to give them as many minutes on the pitch together as possible ahead of Wembley.
That should mean they play the vast majority of the fixtures against Swansea and the Baggies, and although the threat of Edin Dzeko ( 6.8m) can t be ruled out the Bosnian has failed to score in City s last eight matches, of which he only featured in five.
Whilst City s two opponents this week do possess popular players on double Gameweeks in Michu ( 8.2m) and Romelu Lukaku ( 6.6m), our next port of call is the Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur.
Gareth Bale ( 10.6m) received much Fantasy Premier League attention before, during and after Spurs visit to Wigan last weekend from which he eventually emerged with a goal, an assist and two bonus points.
The PFA Player and Young Player of the Year will be looked to by many as a solid captaincy choice ahead of Tottenham s matches against his old club Southampton and then a trip to Chelsea which is likely to go a long way towards sorting out those all-important top four places.
Bale is almost certain to be joined by Jermain Defoe ( 7.9m) in both of those contests, and the form of both could well be key to just how Spurs do now the pressure is on.
The good news for them is that Bale has responded well to pressure all season.
Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney has been in great form recently and would only cost 5.2 million.
The impressive form of Wigan s Shaun Maloney ( 5.2m) is an aspect to consider ahead of the double Gameweek for the FA Cup finalists which sees them face must-win matches at West Brom and at Swansea in their battle to stay up, but it is Chelsea we focus on for our third key pick.
The sixth of the teams facing this crucial double header, the Blues have tricky fixtures away at Manchester United and at home to Spurs.
The likes of Juan Mata ( 10.0m) and Eden Hazard ( 9.6m) will of course be looked to to shine in both of those fixtures, but the recent goalscoring form displayed by their teammate Oscar ( 7.8m) surely makes him worthy of recognition.
The Brazilian struck in the draw at Anfield and the win over Swansea in Chelsea s last two Premier League fixtures matches that he picked up 18 Fantasy Premier League points from.
Crucially cheaper than the rivals he battles for a Chelsea starting berth with, Oscar seems to be coming into form just as the season draws to a close and can take these good performances into Chelsea s double Gameweek.
He could just be a handy addition as the clock ticks down on your campaign.
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Jonas Olsson: Realistic about keeping Romelu Lukaku Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has admitted that the club will face a tough task replacing Romelu Lukaku next season.
Lukaku has impressed while on loan at the Baggies this campaign, netting 13 goals for Steve Clarke’s side.
The Belgian international is thought to be willing to go out on loan again next season, but to a team playing in Europe so that he can continue his development.
Olsson admits it is unrealistic to think they can keep Lukaku at The Hawthorns and concedes he will be hard to replace next term.
“Romelu has been massive for us.
It’s not realistic to think we keep him,” said Olsson.
“Someone who scores 13 goals for a club like West Brom, with all respect, it’s a great achievement.
He’ll be difficult to replace but that’s the challenge.”
| Setback: George McCartney of West Ham West Ham defender George McCartney is unlikely to play again this season after he suffered another serious knee injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Brom, manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.
McCartney came off the bench in the 78th minute to make his first appearance since suffering medial ligament damage in his knee four months ago.
The full-back hobbled off 15 minutes later, though, after suffering the same injury.
‘I would have thought (he will miss the rest of the season),’ Allardyce said in his post-match press conference.
‘It’s a recurrence of the same injury, his medial ligaments, which is a very big disappointment for him and for us.
‘We are disappointed for him because he has waited so long to get back, and get on the pitch.
‘We thought we would give him a run out and give the lads who had done so well a rest, but sadly he went down with the same injury.’ Andy Carroll scored twice and Gary O’Neil also got on the scoresheet as West Ham romped to a morale-boosting victory over the Baggies, who grabbed a consolation penalty through Graham Dorrans late on.
Peter Odemwingie: West Brom striker is pictured in his car at Loftus Road Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has once again taken to Twitter to criticise his club.
The 31-year-old’s latest outburst follows his appearance as a substitute in Albion’s goalless draw at Stoke on Saturday.
Odemwingie has made only four substitute appearances for the Baggies since his move to QPR fell through as the transfer window closed in January.
The Nigerian famously drove down to Loftus Road on January 31 but was barred from the stadium and was forced to return to West Brom before hitting out at his club in a series of tweets.
He now appears to be unhappy with his situation at The Hawthorns once again and was busy tweeting on Sunday afternoon.
Odemwingie tweeted: “Keeping me on the bench now is worst than what they did on the 31st.
New advisers told me to take say its all my fault cos its better or me.
“If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play.
Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me.
“Want to treat me like an average player.
The abuse and praise I get is it average ? So get some extra from me too.
“Former Albion sporting director in the presence of the new and Manager apologised to me in private.
Publicly not good ? Come under my cloud.
“Drive was lunacy ? Missing in the training section that day also lunacy ? They forgot to complain about that though cos they knew were I was.
“Things have almost got back to normal till Peter spoilt it again.
What’s normal ? We see things differently obviously.
“Has anyone seen me give interview to clubs website for a year now ? What about an interview in match day magazine ? I am on my own there.
“Was ready to give half of the contract there and earn less to make it happen.
Forcing a move really is when u want to leave 4 free.”
James Morrison: Full of praise for West Brom manager Steve Clarke Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet West Brom midfielder James Morrison has praise the impact made by manager Steve Clarke after he took over from Roy Hodgson in June 2012.
Hodgson left to become England head coach and Clarke was chosen by the Baggies’ board as the man to replace him, despite the Scotsman having never managed a team before.
Clarke was assistant boss at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool though and Morrison feels he has adapted well to his new role at The Hawthorns.
“Look where we are.
The gaffer has done fantastic,” he said.
“Roy did a fantastic job here but Steve came in, made some good signings, and also had a good group of players.
“Everyone who steps on that pitch gives 100% and that has been the key of this season.
“At the start of pre-season he said he wasn’t going to change much because it didn’t need changing.
“He tinkered a little bit, but that was about passing the ball a bit more and getting up the pitch a bit more.
It seemed to work.” Clarke has played down Albion’s chances of qualifying for Europe but Morrison reached the UEFA Cup final with Middlesbrough and is convinced his current side can secure a Europa League berth.
West Brom came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at home on Saturday to leave them eighth in the Premier League.
“Can we make Europe? I think so.
It depends how many points we pick up.
We are not going to get carried away because it’s a tough nine games to go,” he added.
“We are not used to this position, are we? We are normally looking over our shoulders in March.
It feels strange.
It just shows what a fantastic season the lads have had.
“I’ve played in Europe before and it was great.
We got all the way to the final.
It was great, travelling to different countries and different opposition.
“It also it hampers your season sometimes if you look at the teams in there now.
But personally I would like to play in it and hopefully the club would as well.”
Dan Ashworth will start his new role as the Football Association’s director of elite development on Monday after being given permission to leave West Brom before the end of the season.
The 41-year-old had been due to work a 12-month notice period with the Baggies, but will instead be available on a one-day-a-week consultancy basis until the summer.
Ashworth’s replacement as Albion’s sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, was appointed in January.
Elite: Dan Ashworth (left), pictured unveiling current West Brom manager Steve Clarke, will begin his post as FA director of elite development on Monday Albion chairman Jeremy Peace paid tribute to the achievements of Ashworth during his nine years at The Hawthorns.
He said: ‘Dan has worked tirelessly for this football club for the past nine years and leaves with our best wishes.
‘He has remained fully committed to his club responsibilities since it was announced last September he would be leaving, for which I would like to thank him.
‘The handover process with Richard has gone extremely well, which has enabled us to agree to an early departure date with the FA for Dan, and we now look forward to Richard building on the solid foundations laid by Dan.’ Ashworth, who will be based at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park, is leaving West Brom with mixed emotions.
He said: ‘I have had nine fantastic years here and I just want to say a big thank you to everyone connected with the football club – the staff, players and supporters.
‘As with any football-related job, there have been some lows but we have managed to bounce back from them all and there have undoubtedly been far more highs.
Development: Ashworth will be based at the FA’s National Football Centre at St.
George’s Park ‘With the January transfer window now closed, the team having already amassed 40 points and Richard very much hands on in his new role, we all agreed this would be an appropriate time for me to move on.
‘But I will continue to help the club in any way possible in my consultancy capacity.” Ashworth added: ‘It was a really tough decision for me to leave but the FA presented me with a wonderful opportunity which I could not turn down.
‘I’ve worked closely with Richard for the past two and a half years and he has all the attributes to be a fantastic sporting and technical director.
‘I have every confidence he will make a real success of the role.’
Rafa Benitez speaks in a press conference for the first time since his astonishing outburst on Wednesday night.
The Chelsea manager is under pressure and could face the axe at Stamford Bridge.
Watch live video below.
Key quotes Benitez: ‘I do not have any problem with the board, Michel Emenalo, Roman Abramovich, the players.’ Benitez: ‘Yesterday I was with Ron (Gourlay), Today I was with Ron.
He was saying it’s a cold day and I was wearing shorts.
We were joking.’ Press: Have you spoken to Roman Abramovich (after your rant)? Benitez: That is my business.
More to follow.
WATCH LIVE VIDEO OF BENITEZ HERE Beware the Baggies, Benitez Chelsea play West Brom tomorrow with Rafael Benitez expected to face a hostile reception from fans at Stamford Bridge after his criticism of a number of them following the FA Cup win at Middlesbrough.
There is recent precedent for a change of Blues manager soon after losses to the Baggies.
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS March 3, 2012: West Brom 1 Chelsea 0 (Gareth McAuley, 82) The Portuguese was supposed to be given the freedom to overhaul an ageing squad, but with a place in the top four and Champions League football slipping from Chelsea’s grasp, Villas-Boas was given his marching orders in early spring.
Di Matteo was brought in and delivered the FA Cup and Champions League trophies.
ROBERTO DI MATTEO November 17, 2012: West Brom 2 Chelsea 1 (Shane Long, 10, Peter Odemwingie 50; Eden Hazard 39) After leading Chelsea to a first Champions League title while interim boss, the Italian’s permanent appointment was short-lived.
A 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns, the team’s first away defeat of the league season, was followed by a European defeat at Juventus which sealed Di Matteo’s fate and saw Benitez drafted in.