Eagles Looking To Bounce Back Against The Baggies

The Eagles travel to The Hawthorns in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off and will be keen to avoid a third Premier League defeat in a row against a side that have just returned to winning ways.

DATE

6th December 2020

KICK OFF

12pm

VENUE

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich B71 4LF

LAST TIME

Palace’s last trip to take on the Baggies was in September 2018 and returned to South London victorious following a convincing 3-0 win. An early strike from Andros Townsend set the visitors on their way before Patrick van Aanholt doubled the advantage with a little under quarter of an hour to go. Townsend grabbed his second late on to secure a place in the next round of the League Cup.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Andros Townsend

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Paul Tierney 

ASSISTANTS – Ian Hussin, Harry Lennard, Darren England (fourth official)  

VAR – Michael Oliver, Simon Bennett (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Luka Milivojevic, Connor Wickham, Wayne Hennessey, Wilfried Zaha, Nathan Ferguson

WEST BROM – Jake Livermore, Kieran Gibbs, Sam Field, Conor Townsend

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Kieran Gibbs (1)

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – James McArthur (2), Joel Ward (2), Vicente Guaita (2), Wilfried Zaha (2), Jeffrey Schlupp (2), Conor Gallagher (2), Jake Livermore (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 25/09/2019 West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Crystal Palace   
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 27/11/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle United
  • 23/11/2020 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/11/2020 Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United
  • 30/10/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 24/10/2020 Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for West Brom;

  • 28/11/2020 West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Sheffield United  
  • 21/11/2020 Manchester United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • 08/11/2020 West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 02/11/2020 Fulham 2-0 West Bromwich Albion  
  • 26/10/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

RECORD AGAINST WEST BROM

  • Played 58
  • Won 19
  • Drawn 15
  • Lost 24

ONE TO WATCH

CONOR GALLAGHER

FORMER CLUBS – Chelsea, Charlton Athletic (loan), Swansea City (loan)

It was no secret that Palace were interested in taking the Epsom born Chelsea youngster on loan this season, but the Baggies were the ones to get his signature for the season. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has already put in some decent performances for the newly promoted club. He has appeared at several different youth levels for England.

KEY CLASH

GARY CAHILL v KARIAN GRANT

Palace have conceded three goals in the last two games and proves that a side that is so often built on its defensive ability, this will be a fixture where the backline will be keen on proving a point. This will be a key battle between a veteran defender and the young former Charlton striker.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have failed to score in 7 of their last 9 away league matches
  • West Brom have not scored in this fixture in 5 matches
  • Palace are unbeaten in this fixture in 5 matches (W4, D1)
  • Palace have only conceded 1 goal in this fixture in 6 matches

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (5 – joint 10th in Premier League)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha (2)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (364)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (28 – 7th in Premier League)
  • TOUCHES – Andros Townsend (501)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (18)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (30 – joint 8th in Premier League)

PREDICTION

This will be a battle of one team that have found a way to win a game and another that have lost their way of winning, which promises to be an interesting match-up. The Eagles must find a way of beating such teams after back-to-back losses to Newcastle and Burnley and another such defeat will see the fans continuing to heap pressure on boss Roy Hodgson. On the flip side, Slaven Bilic will be keen for his Baggies to follow up their narrow victory of Sheffield United with another win to climb out of the bottom three. We are expecting a reaction, particularly if Wilfried Zaha has a negative COVID-19 test.

FINAL SCORE: 0-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 15/8
  • Draw – 2/1
  • Away – 6/4
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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