In the first of two consecutive trips away from Selhurst Park, the Eagles travel to The Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup.
Once again in this competition, the South Londoners have been drawn away from home to a side recently relegated from the Premier League after seeing off Swansea City in the previous round.
It is also difficult to know how both managers are to approach this game after electing to make a numbers of changes in their respective wins in the second round which proved successful.
For Palace, there are expected to be run outs for Vicente Guaita along with the likes of Alexander Sorloth, Jason Puncheon, Max Meyer, Martin Kelly and Jairo Riedewald who all had a hand in getting the club through to this round.
We once again renew rivalries with the Baggies who seem to have acclimatised well to life in the Championship after suffering relegation from the Premier League last season. After appointing caretaker boss Darren Moore on a permanent basis they have some retained some consistency after his influence got them close to an improbable survival.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christain Benteke (knee), Scott Dann (knee), Connor Wickham (groin) and Pape Souare (muscle) are all unavailable while Jordan Ayew is ineligible.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION – Only injury doubt is James Morrison (leg) who could face a late fitness test.
The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst Park in May where the hosts ran out 2-0 winners. It was not all one way traffic though as Palace did not make the breakthrough until twenty minutes from time when Wilfried Zaha scored quickly followed by a second from Patrick van Aanholt to seal the win.
The Who Scored man of the match – Patrick van Aanholt (9.1)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 13/05/2018 Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 02/12/2017 West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 22/07/2017 West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 04/03/2017 West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 13/08/2016 Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 22/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
- 15/09/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- 28/08/2018 Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2018 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for West Brom;
- 22/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Millwall
- 18/09/2018 West Bromwich 4-2 Bristol City
- 14/09/2018 Birmingham City 1-1 West Browich Albion
- 01/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Stoke City
- 28/08/2018 West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Mansfield
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.56
- Dwight Gayle 7.47
- Harvey Barnes 7.38
- Wayne Hennessey 7.26
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Leicester City, MK Dons (loan), Barnsley (loan)
The 20-year-old midfielder joined the Baggies on a season long loan from Leicester in July after signing a new four year deal at the King Power Stadium. He joined his parent club in 2007 and made his professional debut in 2016. After impressive loan spells at MK Dons and Barnsley, he is already turning heads at The Hawthorns and promises to be a real talent for the future.
Barnes has appeared for England at both under 18 and under 20 levels with the expectation of plenty more to come.
This cup tie promises to be a tight affair with both sides no doubt looking to progress further in the competition. A lot will depend on how the managers view the competition based on the line ups selected but the deeper sides go in the cup, the more likely they are to take it more seriously.
There are likely to be a number of fringe players on show intent on fighting for a place in the first eleven which makes the prediction that much harder. In view of the hosts wanting to bounce back at the first attempt and being well placed even at this early stafe in the season, there is an opportunity for the Eagles here, just like in South Wales in the previous round. We are sticking our neck out and going with a narrow away win for Palace.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 9/5
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 7/5
- Both teams to score – 8/11