Could Palace break disappointing club record this season after West Brom loss?

Crystal Palace‘s 3-2 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening marked their 13th loss of the Premier League season so far.

Alan Pardew‘s side have been nose-diving and failure to win a league game since a 2-1 success away at Stoke on December 19 has seen them slip from sixth in the table to 14th.

The Eagles are now just eight points above the drop zone with 11 games remaining, and hopes of competing for European qualification have long gone, with the prospect of a relegation battle fast becoming a possibility.

Not only did the West Brom defeat have implications on their position in the table, but it also meant that Palace have now gone ten consecutive league games without a win.

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It’s their worst run in the top flight for 11 years as they also went on a ten-game winless streak in the 2004/05 season, when they were eventually relegated.

Palace’s previous longest period without winning a Premier League game came in the 1997/98 campaign when they recorded a run of 15 games without victory – they finished bottom that year.

Failure to win any of their next five games this season would see them match that club record of most games without a win in the Premier League – six games without victory would see it eclipsed.

Crystal Palace’s next six Premier League fixtures:

  • Sunderland (away) – Tuesday, March 1
  • Liverpool (home) – Sunday, March 6
  • Leicester (home) – Saturday, March 19
  • West Ham (away) – Saturday, April 2
  • Norwich (home) – Saturday, April 9
  • Arsenal (away) – Sunday, April 17
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Alan Pardew is suffering a manager’s worst nightmare right now and when things aren’t going right, nothing seems to go your way, which usually results in confidence hitting rock bottom.

All of a sudden, Tuesday night’s trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland holds massive importance for this Crystal Palace side as four of their next five fixtures after that look ominous.

If the Eagles can’t stop the rot sooner rather than later, then they could well find themselves in a whole lot of trouble come May.

Will Crystal Palace break the club record for their longest winless run in the Premier League? Are they slipping into a relegation battle?

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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.