Premier League Preview – West Bromwich Albion
As if this fixture needed any more importance added to it, the appointment of Alan Pardew as the new West Bromwich Albion boss ramps things up a notch.
The former Palace manager signed a deal this week to join the Baggies until 2020 after being relieved of his duties by the Eagles in December last year. Since the announcement, Pardew has been very critical of his dismissal and has said that he felt ‘harshly done by’ after leading Palace to the FA Cup Final.
That claim in itself makes very interesting reading for Palace fans when you consider the long spells of poor form. Regardless, we wish Super Al well in his new job but only once the weekend is over of course.
Palace head into the match in good form with only one loss in the last five Premier League games after a stalemate on the South Coast against Brighton. On the same evening, the Baggies let a two goal lead slip to draw at home to Newcastle United.
Roy Hodgson has impressed many in his short spell at the club with the side playing decent football and picking up much needed points along the way. The Eagles now find themselves just three points behind this weekends opponents who are 17th and likely to be looking over their shoulders having stuttered in recent weeks.
Hopefully Pardew will not kick off a new manager ‘bounce’ with his new team and Palace see a repeat of last seasons trip to the Hawthorns which featured a superb solo effort from Andros Townsend.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Lee Chung-yong (muscle) and Connor Wickham (knee) remain absent.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION – Matty Phillips (hamstring), Nacer Chadli (hamstring), Christ Brunt (calf), Craig Dawson (knee) and James Morrison (achilles) are all unlikely to feature.
The last competitive meeting between the two clubs took place at the Hawthorns in March when two second half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend secured all three points for the Eagles.
The Who Scored man of the match – Andros Townsend (8.6)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 04/03/2017 West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 13/08/2016 Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 27/02/2016 West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Crystal Palace
- 03/10/2015 Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 18/04/2015 Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 28/11/2017 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 25/11/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City
- 18/11/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
- 05/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/10/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
Last FIVE results for West Brom;
- 28/11/2017 West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Newcastle United
- 25/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 18/11/2017 West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Chelsea
- 04/11/2017 Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 28/10/2017 West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Wilfried Zaha 7.10
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7.01
- Ahmed Hegazi 6.93
- Craig Dawson 6.86
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Ismaily, Fiorentina, Perugia (loan), Al Ahly
The Egyptian international with over forty caps to his name arrived at the Hawthorns in the summer on a season long loan from Al Ahly for whom has appeared forty times. Before that he had a spell in Italy with Fiorentina which included a loan spell at Perugia but his time in Italy did not see him feature many times. His career started at Ismaily in 2009 when he made his professional debut after working his way through the youth system.
Final league position – 16th
With the appointment of Alan Pardew it is difficult to see how the rest of the season will pan out for the Baggies. All clubs he has managed have suffered long runs of poor form which they can ill afford if they are to retain their Premier League status for another season. There is certainly enough quality among the squad to steer them away from the drop zone but whether Pardew can a prolonged period form to accomplish that remains to be seen.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Dan Watts (see link below) prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 7/5
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 21/10
- Both teams to score – evens
FIND OUT WHAT DAN WATTS FROM FAN SITE ‘EIGHTEENSEVENTYEIGHT’ TOLD TEB THIS WEEK IN ‘THE BAGGIES VIEW’