Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion
Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, October 3 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: Crystal Palace 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – West Bromwich Albion 7/2
Crystal Palace host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon in a clash which sees Tony Pulis return to his old stomping ground, Selhurst Park with the Baggies.
Palace will want defer from their current form as they have only managed one win in their last three after a solid start which saw them sit second in the league early on.
Playing without a registered striker, Palace have suffered without the outlet of a natural forward and Bakary Sako (despite his great form) isn’t the answer in the search for an ideal lone frontman.
Crystal Palace’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W4 – D0 – L3Embed from Getty Images
Tony Pulis’ return to Selhurst Park will be the main draw from this clash as much has been said about who has done a better job at Palace, Pulis or Alan Pardew.
Boasting a great managerial record, Pulis has succeeded where ever he has been and Palace was no different. However, he has struggled to get West Brom to the level they should be operating at so far this term.
West Brom’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W2 – D2 – L3
Suffering with inconsistency, Pulis won’t suffer relegation with West Brom, but a top half finish is a fair way away at the moment.
A win in south London on Saturday would certainly be a huge boost for the Baggies and they will take confidence from the 2-0 win there back in April.Embed from Getty Images
Crystal Palace are missing up to six players, with Damien Delaney, Mile Jedinak, Joel Ward, Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh and Kwesi Appiah all likely to miss out.
West Brom are without Ben Foster as he is still recovering from a serious knee injury. Gareth McAuley is a doubt with a leg injury but could be fit to start. Jonas Olsson is a doubt with an ankle problem.
Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/L/L/W
West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/W/L
Key Stat: West Brom have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven away matches.
Key Player: Saido Berahino – With two goals in two, the English forward has forced himself back into the West Brom side after his summer transfer saga and will be important if the Baggies are to pick up points here.Embed from Getty Images
Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom – We’re not expecting much from this affair in terms of goals as it should be a tight encounter. West Brom are good at defending as a unit and Palace are not frightened to attack in numbers. Though we see the home side just edging a low scoring affair in front of their own fans.