Premier League: Crystal Palace v West Brom match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park
Friday 07 February 2014
Both sides will undoubtably view this as a must-win game, as both sides hover just above the relegation zone. This is somewhat known as a ‘six pointer’ to bring out the relegation clichés this early on in the season. The sides met in the FA Cup last month where Palace ran out 2-0 winners at the Hawthorns.
Pepe Mel has still yet to win his first game at the club, despite picking up impressive point's against Liverpool and Everton. The departure of Shane Long now means Victor Anichebe has a chance to become the main striker at the Hawthorns and did himself no harm scoring the equaliser on Sunday as a substitute. After West Brom beat Palace in November, the Baggies went on a dreadful run of nine games without a win. The sides then met in the FA Cup last month where Palace ran out 2-0 winners at the Hawthorns.
All of Palace’s eight wins have come against sides that are in the battle
to avoid the drop and Tony Pulis will look for an improvement from his defence
following a poor display away to Arsenal. Palace face a difficult two tests
after this one, away to Everton and sees Manchester United come to Selhurst Park, they
obviously need to continue picking up vital points when they can. New signing
Joe Ledley could be handed his first start, following his move from Celtic.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
West Brom 0, Crystal Palace 2 (Gayle, Chamakh), FA Cup, January 2014
West Brom 2 (Berahino, McAuley), Crystal Palace 0, Premier League, November 2013
Crystal Palace 1 (Reid OG), West Brom 1 (Tamas), Championship, April 2010
West Brom have the most amount of draws in the league this year with 11
Youngster, Saido Berahino, is West Brom’s top scorer with 4
Jonas Olsson and Marouane Chamakh have received 8 yellow cards this year, joint highest in the league.
Crystal Palace have the lowest average possession in the league with 38.7%
Palace produce on average, 22.6 and 16.6 interceptions a game. Highest in the league.
The Baggies have kept one clean sheet in 14 games.
In the last six games, Jason Puncheon has scored all 3 of Palace’s goals.
Since Pulis has arrived the Eagles have won 4 out of the last 6 at home
Palace to win: 2.45
West Brom to win: 3.0
West Brom’s great escape in 2005 came at a cost for Palace. The London side failed to be Charlton on the final day of the season and because of the Baggies’ win against Portsmouth, sent Iain Dowie’s Palace down.
TV: Highlights on Match of The Day on BBC1 at 10.30pm.
Latest in Sport
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Saints yet to receive 'serious offer' but midfielder could complete move by end of this week
Memphis Depay latest: Manchester United signing turns 'focus' on the season ahead
Sergio Ramos to Manchester United: Real Madrid defender 'wants' Old Trafford switch
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez nears exit as Liverpool eye move for striker despite revealing Real Madrid video
- 1 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato