Premier League Preview – West Bromwich Albion
The Eagles travel to the Hawthorns this weekend to be reunited with former boss Tony Pulis off the back of a much needed win against Middlesbrough.
Consistency is now the key and there is little doubt that Palace boss Sam Allardyce will be keen to build on that hard earned three points at Selhurst Park by returning from the Midlands with some change out of the Baggies.
West Brom themselves have been in fine form and currently sit eighth in the Premier League table, just four points behind Everton in seventh. They have surprised many with the way that they have quietly gone about their business after plenty of frustrations aired by their fans last season.
Trips to the Hawthorns have not been kind to Palace in recent times with no win in the last three visits. In fact, the South London side have not managed a win against their hosts this weekend in the last five games which is something that needs fixing.
There is no doubt that this is a tough fixture but perhaps now that West Brom have reached that magical forty point barrier, we can hope that they take their foot off the pedal this weekend.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mathieu Flamini (muscle), Loic Remy (muscular) and Bakary Sako (hamstring) are all doubts while Connor Wickham (knee), Steve Mandanda (knee), Jonathan Benteke (knee), and Pape Souare (leg) all continue to miss out.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION – Craig Dawson (concussion) is a slight doubt while Matty Phillips (hamstring) is expected to miss out.
The last time these two sides met at the Hawthorns the game looked dead and buried at half time. Goals from Craig Gardner, Craig Dawson and Saido Berahino put the hosts 3-0. Second half goals from Connor Wickham and Dwight Gayle gave the visitors some hope but the Eagles gave themselves far too much to do.
Who Scored man of the match – Craig Gardner (8.7)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 13/08/2016: Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 27/02/2016: West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Crystal Palace
- 03/10/2015: West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 18/04/2015: Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
- 25/10/2014: West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 25/02/2017: Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough
- 11/02/2017: Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 04/02/2017: Crystal Palace 0-4 Sunderland
- 31/01/2017: Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 28/01/2017: Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City
Last FIVE results for West Bromwich Albion;
- 25/02/2017: West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Bournemouth
- 11/02/2017: West Ham United 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
- 04/02/2017: West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke City
- 31/01/2017: Middlesbrough 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 21/01/2017: West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Sunderland
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.41
- Christain Benteke 7.31
- Gareth McAuley 7.20
- Matty Phillips 7.10
ONE TO WATCH
The Belgian made his move to the Hawthorns in the summer signing from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record transfer fee of £13million. Born in Liege, the 27 year old made 88 appearances for Spurs and scored 15 goals but has already scored 5 goals in 20 appearances for the Baggies. His youth career began at JS Thier-a-Liege before moving to Standard Liege in 1998 and then MVV in 2005. Still searching for his professional debut, he signed for AGOVV Apeldoorm in 2007 and went on to make 90 appearances and scoring 28 goals.
In the summer of 2010 he signed for FC Twente who at the time were the reigning Dutch champions. After scoring 24 goals in 84 appearances he signed for Spurs in a £7million deal. Having dual nationality, Chadli had the choice to play for either Morocco or Belgium, making his debut for the North African nation in a friendly against Northern Ireland in 2010. However, he opted to switch allegiance and has to date made 32 international appearances for Belgium, scoring 4 goals.
Final league position – 8th
The Baggies have impressed many this season when with no disrespect, they were expected to be much lower than they currently find themselves. A few shrewd additions have contributed to them sitting well inside the top half of the Premier League table and seriously competing to finish in that 7th place position behind the so called ‘big’ six.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Dan Watts’ prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 11/10
- Draw – 9/4
- Away – 11/4
- Both teams to score – 11/10