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Kiely confident West Brom can beat drop

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Dean Kiely is confident the club can avoid relegation from the Premier League next season.

The Baggies gained promotion to England's top-flight after they claimed the Championship title last term.

"We could do well next season," Kiely told Sky Sports News.

"There are no big superstars. It is not a dressing room of egos. It is a team with a commitment to work hard with a very good manager (Tony Mowbray) in place."

Mowbray's men will open their season with a clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Kiely admits his team-mates face a stern test, but believes the game will set them in good stead for the rest of the campaign.

"I think if we were playing a newly-promoted side it might not feel like a Premier League game," the 37-year-old said.

"I think facing Arsenal at Emirates Stadium means there is no bedding-in period for us - and we didn't really want that anyway."

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