Tony Pulis and the curse of the 40-point relegation safety benchmark

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The FC panel look at the bottom four teams in England, and debate if Swansea or Hull will be the final team to drop down. On Feb. 25 this year, West Brom beat Bournemouth 2-1 at home. That victory took them to 40 points, cemented them in eighth place and put them on course for an end-of-season total of 58, comfortably their highest Premier League tally. Yet since then, they have won just one of the following seven games, collecting four points from a possible 21. For a Tony Pulis side, this is a familiar occurrence. In each of his seven previous seasons as a Premier League manager (six complete, one almost so, with...

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