Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace

Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, February 27 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 EST)

Match Odds: West Bromwich Albion 6/4 – Draw 11/5 – Crystal Palace 19/10

Match Preview

West Brom welcome Crystal Palace to The Hawthorns in this week’s Saturday night Premier League clash, with Baggies manager Tony Pulis looking for a win over his former club.

West Brom have struggled to put in strong performances this season but will be pleased by the fact that they are eight points clear of the relegation zone after 26 games. They have only won one of their last six, though, and need to try and find some consistency.

They haven’t won at home since early January and Baggies fans will still be worried about the threat of relegation as after Saturday’s game they play Leicester, Manchester United and Arsenal.

West Bromwich Albion’s Premier League record: P26 – W8 – D8 – L10

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Their 3-1 FA Cup loss at Reading was hugely disappointing and they will hope to bounce back with a Premier League win here.

Crystal Palace have not won a Premier League game in nine outings and have been sucked into a potential relegation dogfight. They are level on points with West Brom and so Saturday’s game is a big one for both sides.

After an unbelievable start to the season, and potential talk of European qualification, the Eagles have fallen from grace at a rate of knots.

Their FA Cup run, which was extended at the weekend following a 1-0 at White Hart Lane against Spurs, should suppress groans from supporters but things need to change for Palace, and soon.

Crystal Palace’s Premier League record: P26 – W9 – D5 – L12

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The reverse fixture at Selhurst Park ended 2-0 to the Eagles and West Brom will be out for revenge here in what should be a close-fought game.

Team News

West Bromwich Albion will be hopeful Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley will shake off injuries in time to feature but both are doubts. James Morrison, Jonny Evans and Callum McManaman are all out.

Crystal Palace are only missing two first team regulars as James McArthur and Jason Puncheon remain out. Yannick Bolasie is back and should start here after coming off the bench in Palace’s FA Cup win at Tottenham on Sunday.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/L/W

Crystal Palace’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/D/L

Key Stat: Crystal Palace are without a win in nine matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Salomon Rondon – The Venezuelan striker has become the leading man in the West Brom attack and the Baggies will want to take advantage of Crystal Palace’s bad run of league form here. Rondon will be a nuisance for the Palace defence from the start and will expect to find the scoresheet.

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Score Prediction

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Crystal Palace – It will be extremely difficult for the Baggies to keep out a strong Palace attack on Saturday. The return of Yannick Bolasie is crucial for the Eagles, proven by his return coinciding with the FA Cup win at Spurs last weekend. However, Tony Pulis will want to avoid defeat when his former club visit on Saturday evening and this looks set to be a close contest.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion 

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, December 13 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 2/5 – Draw 7/2 – West Brom 7/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield in one of three games on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a surprising defeat to Newcastle last weekend and will see this as a chance to get back on track, but know it won’t be easy task.

Liverpool have enjoyed some good from since Klopp took over but inconsistency has been an issue for them for some time and the same problems seem to be reoccurring.

Realistically Liverpool have a good chance of making the top four this season but they have to make sure they are taking maximum points in games they’re expected to win such as this.

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West Brom have been in a good run of form of late and are unbeaten in their last three outings.

Tony Pulis’ side are sitting comfortably in 13th in the table and have taken points from some of the top sides already this season.

This is going to be a difficult task for West Brom but their recent form gives them confidence heading into this tie. Their point last weekend in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham was a great example of their resilience.

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Team News

Liverpool have six injury concerns heading into this one. John Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Mamadou Sakho and Jordan Ibe could all miss out. Daniel Sturridge has suffered yet another injury setback and has played just six times for the clubs this season.

West Brom have just two injury concerns as Ben Foster and Stephane Sessegnon remain unavailable.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/W/W/L

West Brom’s last five: L/L/W/D/D

Key Stat: Liverpool are unbeaten in the last four meetings between the sides.

Key Player: Philippe Coutinho – The Liverpool playmaker is their top scorer in the Premier League this season and possess the ability to turn any game in his sides favour.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 West Brom – Klopp’s side to get back on track and ease to victory in what could be an entertaining game full of goals.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham United vs West Bromwich Albion

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Upton Park – Sunday, November 29 – 14:05 GMT (09:05 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – West Brom 13/5

Match Preview

West Ham United welcome West Bromwich Albion to Upton Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they look to get back on track.

The Hammers are without a win since their victory over Chelsea last month and certainly need to pick up three points to regain some confidence.

They come into this one off the back of that 4-1 thumping at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last weekend and so things can surely only improve.

West Ham’s Premier League record: P13 – W6 – D3 – L4

West Ham have already recorded wins over some of the best sides in the league this season but need to make sure they are picking up points consistently to improve what looks like being a good season.

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West Brom come into this one off the back of their impressive 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend which saw them get back to winning ways after two consecutive losses.

The Baggies are sitting 12th in the Premier League and are looking steady. Their confidence will be sky-high after that victory but they must capitalise on that result and continue to pick up points if they are to progress as a side.

The last two meetings between these two at Upton Park in the Premier League have ended in a draw, with the sides sharing eight goals between them, so it is usually an action-packed fixture.

A win here would see West Brom move within a point of West Ham, so there is a lot to play for.

West Brom’s Premier League record: P13 – W5 – D2 – L3

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Team News

West Ham are expected to be without as many as six players. James Collins and Mark Noble are suspended, while Enner Valencia, Dimitri Payet and Darren Randolph are out. Reece Oxford is a doubt.

West Brom have two players missing. Chris Brunt is suspended while Ben Foster remains out. Serge Gnabry is available for selection after sitting out the win over his parent club Arsenal and Gareth McAuley returns after his suspension.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/W/L/D/L

West Brom’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

Key Stat: West Ham are unbeaten in their last six home matches against West Brom in all competitions.

Key Player: Manuel Lanzini – The West Ham midfielder will need to step up in the absence of Payet, he has netted four already this season.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 2-2 West Brom – These two have both picked up some good results this season but given recent form they could be a little tentative in this one and recent meetings suggest they will be hard to separate.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal

Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, November 21 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Brom 11/2 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 1/2

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon as Premier League action returns following the international break.

The Baggies have had two weeks to reflect on consecutive defeats to Leicester and Man United, which has left them thirteenth in the table after a satisfactory opening 12 games.

Tony Pulis has seen his side struggle to put the ball in the back of the net this season, scoring just ten goals in the Premier League, meaning they have the joint worst attacking record alongside Aston Villa and Stoke.

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Another problem for West Brom has been picking up points on home soil, recording just one win from six games at the Hawthorns (D1, L4), so they’ll be desperate to put that right.

West Brom’s Premier League record: P12 – W4 – D2 – L6

By stark contrast to West Brom’s home form, Arsenal boast the best away record in the league with five wins out of six on the road.

The Gunners come into this in good form, even though their run of five straight league wins was ended by Tottenham, following the 1-1 draw at home to their North London rivals last time out.

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A win for Arsenal over West Brom would take them top of the Premier League and put pressure on Man City who face Liverpool in the evening fixture on Saturday.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P12 – W8 – D2 – L2

The last meeting between these two sides was a comfortable 4-1 win for Arsenal on the final day of last season, while the last clash at the Hawthorns saw the Gunners claim a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a Danny Welbeck header.

Team News

West Brom will be without Gareth McAuley who is serving a one-match ban following his red card against Man United. Ben Foster remains out with a long-term knee injury, while the on-loan Serge Gnabry cannot play against his parent club. Chris Brunt’s fitness will be assessed as he has a slight groin problem.

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Hector Bellerin will return to the squad following a groin injury. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) are unlikely to recover in time for this game but could return in midweek. Laurent Koscielny may be rested following an understandably tough week for the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott (calf), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (knee) remain out.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/L/L

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: West Brom have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 13 meetings in the Premier League (D2, L10).

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German midfield maestro has been influential this season and already has ten assists to his name. He’ll be hoping to continue his fine form.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 0-2 Arsenal  Arsenal have the joint second strongest defence in the league. Combine that fact with West Brom’s lack of goals, poor home form and the Gunners’ excellent away record and you can only really see one outcome here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

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

Match Preview

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 – L3 

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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.

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Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City 

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, August 10 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Bromwich Albion 9/2 – Draw 14/5 – Manchester City 8/13

Match Preview

The opening Monday Night Football of the season sees Manchester City travel to the Hawthorns to take on Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom come into the game off the back of five wins on the trot in preseason and look very organised defensively.

The Baggies will be looking to build on last season as they became a tough side to beat at home under Pulis.

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Pulis has strengthened well this summer after bringing in James McLean, James Chester and Rickie Lambert and all three will be hoping to make their debuts here.

The future of young Saido Berahino is still up in the air, and with other first team strikers like Brown Ideye in form in front of goal, don’t be surprised if Berahino is benched.

Man City have been relatively quiet in the window, apart from their high-profile capture of England international Raheem Sterling.

City have mainly focused on bringing in young English talent with the likes of Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts joining the Citizens this summer.

Make no mistake, City will be challenging for the title once again this term and if star players like Yaya Toure return to peak form, they are serious contenders to dethrone Chelsea.

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Starting with three points will be the target this weekend but a trip to West Brom represents a tricky early test for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Team News

West Brom are still missing Ben Foster so Boaz Myhill should deputise for the England ‘keeper. Gareth MCauley is a doubt with a calf/shin injury. Rickie Lambert could make his first start for the club in attack.

Manchester City may be without David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero through illness but they are expected to shake it off to feature. Yaya Toure picked up a knock to the head playing Real Madrid so is a doubt. Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy are both out. Raheem Sterling is expected to start.

Key Points

West Brom’s preseason form: L/L/W/W/W/W/W

Manchester City’s preseason form: W/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last seven matches against West Brom in the Premier League.

Key Player: Raheem Sterling – £49 million can get you a lot, but Sterling could be worth that fee come the end of the season. His speed across ten yards could cause the Baggies some serious problems on Monday night.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Manchester City – We’re expecting West Brom to be hard to beat this season but Manchester City are still a superpower in the Premier League and should be beating everyone. That said, we’re expecting a score draw to ease both sides into the new season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, March 21 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester City 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – West Brom 9/1

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome West Brom to the Etihad stadium on Saturday lunchtime in a must win game for the Premier League reigning champions.

Man City’s hopes of retaining their title are rapidly fading after they were dealt another major blow by losing 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor last Saturday and are now six points behind leaders Chelsea who also have a game in hand.

West Brom returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win at home to Stoke last weekend thanks to a goal from in-form striker Brown Ideye and they look set to comfortably secure their Premier League status for the sixth consecutive season.

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Manuel Pellegrini needs to make sure his City side don’t suffer a hangover from their midweek defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp which saw them eliminated from the Champions League and has made their preparation time for this game very short.

The Citizens have recorded just three wins in their last nine games (D3, L3) which has seen them drop way off the pace at the top of the table and also allowed the chasing pack to get within touching distance.

Failure to win for City could potentially see them slip down to third place in the league and a defeat may also see them fall as far as fourth depending on Arsenal and Manchester United’s results, so it’s imperative they get a victory, not only for their title hopes but also for the Champions League qualification fight.

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Tony Pulis‘ West Brom side have only lost two of their last ten in the league (W4, D4), so they certainly pose a threat and may smell blood after City’s inconsistent recent form.

Having said that, two wins from 14 on the road this season doesn’t make for pretty reading for the Baggies and their last win away at Man City was a 2-1 success back in February 2003.

West Brom are eight points above the drop zone with nine games remaining, so two or three more wins would almost guarantee their safety.

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The reverse fixture at The Hawthorns on Boxing Day ended in a 3-1 win for Man City who will be desperately hoping for a repeat result.

Team News

Man City have no known injuries or suspensions to report and will hope that the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero can find their form.

West Brom will be without goalkeeper Ben Foster after he picked up a knee injury in the game against Stoke. Chris Brunt and Claudio Yacob will also miss the game through suspension. Victor Anichebe could return to the squad following a groin injury, while Brown Ideye will hope to recover from a knock he picked up last weekend. Callum McManaman is suffering with a foot injury and is a doubt.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/L/W/L

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: West Brom have never won at the Etihad Stadium (P7, D2, L5).

Key Player: David Silva – The Spanish midfield maestro is instrumental and if opponents stifle him, then City tend to struggle. If Silva can find time and space to pull the strings then Man City will be confident of victory.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion – City know they aren’t performing to the best of their ability at the moment and they will need to grind out a result against a well organised West Brom side.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs West Brom

Competition: FA Cup Quarter-Final – Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion 

Venue: Villa Park – Saturday, March 7 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – West Brom 9/5

Match Preview

Aston Villa and West Brom clash at Villa Park for the second time this week on Saturday evening in a West Midlands derby FA Cup quarter-final tie.

Aston Villa will be relieved as much as they are delighted to have recorded their first win in 13 Premier League games when they beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a late Christian Benteke penalty – it also marked their first win under new manager Tim Sherwood.

West Brom had been in good form before the defeat to Villa having won six, drawn three and lost just one of their last ten games in all competitions.

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The FA Cup has provided Aston Villa with some much needed respite from their poor Premier League form, so if they can secure top flight status and continue their cup run, it could arguably still be a reasonably successful season given the circumstances.

Wins over Blackpool, Bournemouth and Leicester have seen them through to the quarter-final stage for the first time in five years and a trip to Wembley for the semi-final is now within touching distance.

Tony Pulis has revitalised West Brom since his arrival at the beginning of January, much like he did at Crystal Palace last season, and the midweek defeat to Villa was only his second in all competitions as the Baggies boss.

Strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye have been instrumental for West Brom in recent weeks and have shared the goalscoring load successfully, as they showed in their comprehensive 4-0 win at home to West Ham in the fifth round with Ideye scoring twice and Berahino getting one.

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We’re at the stage of the competition where everyone can now almost smell the grass of the famous Wembley pitch and the players will be desperate to get an opportunity to play on such an stage, so we could see a highly competitive, hard-fought game. A proper FA Cup tie some would say.

Team News

Aston Villa will be without the suspended Alan Hutton. Aly Cissokho (groin), Chris Herd (knee), Nathan Baker (knee) and Libor Kozak (leg) will all miss out through injury while Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson are also doubts. Ron Vlaar is expected to return to the squad.

West Brom are likely to be without Victor Anichebe who is suffering with a groin strain. Callum McManaman missed the last game with a foot injury but may return to action this weekend depending on whether he passes a late fitness test.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five in all competitions: L/W/L/L/W

West Brom’s last five in all competitions: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: West Brom haven’t beaten Aston Villa in an FA Cup tie since February 1925. The two sides have clashed six times in the competition since then, which have resulted in five Villa wins and one draw.

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Key Player: Gabriel Agbonlahor – He seemed to have a new lease of life on Tuesday night and Tim Sherwood has clearly lifted the spirits and tried to get Villa playing positively and it showed in Agbonlahor’s forward play. If he can perform to near his best then he will be a real danger.

Score Prediction

Aston Villa 2-2 West Bromwich Albion – This has all the makings of a thoroughly entertaining cup tie and we could see it going back to The Hawthorns for a replay.