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Your Albion guide to 2016/17 Premier League newcomers

15 June 2016

All you need to know about Albion's three new opponents for 2016/17

THE 2016/17 fixtures have been released today and Albion supporters can now scribble the all-important dates into your diary.

As well as our first-ever trip to the Olympic Stadium to face West Ham United, Baggies fans can look forward to facing three new opponents promoted from the Championship.

* Full fixture list
* Key dates for your diary
* Five Hawthorns crackers not to be missed
* Pulis on Albion's start
* From Albion base camp to Everest
* Bowler's Delivery: Season's Greetings
* The First Albion XI for next season
* Season tickets on general sale from Monday

In readiness for the forthcoming campaign, here is your Albion guide to the Premier League newcomers.

Burnley (Home - Saturday, November 19; Away - Saturday, May 6)



Albion are no strangers to Burnley having come up against the Clarets in the 2014/15 Premier League season.

The Baggies romped to a 4-0 triumph at The Hawthorns (above) before coming back from two goals down to a claim a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor in the reverse fixture.

It proved to be a brief one-season stay for the the Lancashire outfit at England's top table, coming after yet another solitary Premier League campaign in 2009/10.

In fact, Burnley will be looking to secure top-flight survival for the first time since 1975.  

There was to be no hangover last season for Sean Dyche's side as they bounced back from relegation by winning the Championship title and securing an immediate return.

Club-record signing Andre Gray spearheaded their charge, netting 23 league goals, alongside Sam Vokes (15).

Gray was subsequently selected in the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside team-mates Tom Heaton, Michael Keane and Joey Barton, who has since departed for Scottish club Rangers.

Both founder members of the Football League, Albion and Burnley will do battle for league points for the 125th and 126th time in 2016/17.

The Baggies have only lost two of their previous 15 league meetings.


Middlesbrough (Home - Saturday, August 27; Away - Tuesday, January 31)



Albion and Middlesbrough last met in England's top tier in 2008/09.

Chris Brunt (above), Robert Koren and Marc-Antoine Fortune were on target in a 3-0 triumph at The Hawthorns while Jonas Olsson sealed a 1-0 victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Most recently, the two sides did battle in the Championship in 2009/10, that coming having both suffered relegation.

Albion were again double victors, 2-0 at home and 5-0 away, ensuring the Baggies have won each of their last four meetings without even conceding a goal.

In fact, the two sides have locked horns 86 times in the league over the years, although Boro marginally hold the upper hand.

Former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka masterminded last season's promotion to the Premier League, securing second place behind champions Burnley.

Adam Clayton, George Friend and Daniel Ayala were all recognised in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Boro will be bidding to replicate a run which saw them compete in 11 successive Premier League campaigns between 1998-2009.

The Teesside outfit were one of the original 22 Premier League clubs in 1992, and finished as high as seventh in 2004/05.


Hull (Home - Monday, January 2; Away - Saturday, November 26)



Hull City, like Burnley, previously competed in the Premier League in 2014/15 but have sealed an immediate return.

Steve Bruce's side were relegated alongside the Clarets and QPR but - 370 days later - ensured they will play top-flight football once again in 2016/17.

The Tigers finished fourth in the Championship before seeing off Derby in the play-off semi-finals and then Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.

Mohamed Diame's superb strike settled the showpiece finale, his 10th goal of the campaign, while Abel Hernandez finished with 21 in league competition.

Former Baggies defender Curtis Davies shone last term alongside Tigers captain Michael Dawson, another star performer in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Last time they met in 2014/15, Albion took four points off Hull - Saido Berahino (above) claiming a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns before a goalless stalemate at the KC Stadium.

Next season will represent Hull's fifth campaign in total in the Premier League, as we know it today. The club have never finished higher than 16th (2013/14).

Flicking through the history books, the two sides have met 48 times in league format, meaning next season will see them do battle for the 50th time.

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