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Preview: Palace v West Brom

PUBLISHED

10:30 8th February 2014


ABOUT
Crystal Palace welcome West Brom for what is only the second ever Premier League meeting between the sides at Selhurst Park. 

The Eagles have a good recent record against Saturday’s opponents, having lost just once of the last seven clashes between the two clubs – although that came in the last league meeting between the teams, back in November. 

The last top flight clash between the two sides at Selhurst came back in October 2004, when Fitz Hall’s early goal was followed by an Andy Johnson brace, as Palace ran out 3-0 winners. 

The Eagles have turned their home ground into a fortress since Pulis arrived in November, losing just once at home since then against Newcastle United in December. 

Stoke City and Hull City were both defeated 1-0 in Palace’s last two home games and Pulis’ men are looking to record three consecutive Premier League home wins for the first time in more than a decade. 

West Brom meanwhile come into this weekend’s game level on points with Palace, with both asides amassing 23 from their 24 games so far this term. 

The Baggies have only won one of their last 14 Premier League games and have tasted victory just once on the road this season – although that came in a shock win over Manchester United at Old Trafford back in September last year.

TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Palace players old and new are in contention this weekend, leaving Tony Pulis with plenty of selection dilemmas.

Tom Ince, Scott Dann and Joe Ledley are all pushing to make their debuts for the club having made their moves to SE25 on transfer deadline day. 

Wayne Hennessey is again expected to be named in the squad after being an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. 

Meanwhile, striker Glenn Murray has been named in the 25-man squad following a long injury lay-off and could take his place on the bench for the game against the Baggies after coming through a behind-closed-doors practice match earlier in the week. 

Jerome Thomas is also stepping up his comeback from a calf injury, but is expected to be fit enough to take any part this weekend. 

West Brom: Nicolas Anelka could return to West Brom’s frontline after sitting out the 1-1 draw with his former club Liverpool last weekend. The Frenchman required seven stitches after suffering a gash to his knee in the 4-3 defeat to Aston Villa at the end of January. 

Two men definitely rules out are Jonas Olsson (hamstring) and Stephane Sessegnon (groin), but James Morrison has been declared fit to play by boss Pepe Mel after a spell on the sidelines with a calf problem.

Mel has already confirmed that Craig Dawson will start the game on Saturday, with the young defender set to make what will be only his second Premier League appearance of the season.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Chris Foy 
Assistants: M Wilkes, M McDonough 
Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsWest Brom wins
League131319
FA Cup100
League Cup001
Total141320

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
Crystal Palace and West Brom played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw the last time they met in SE25 as opponents in the Championship.

The clubs found themselves in very differing circumstances at opposite ends of the table in what was the penultimate game of the 2009/10 season.

The hosts took the lead in fortuitous circumstances against the already promoted Baggies, as Steven Reid turned the ball past Scott Carson and into his own net after 17 minutes.

The Midlands outfit responded well though, as fellow defender Gabriel Tamas brought the visitors level just four minutes later.

Both sides had chances to take the lead, before Neil Danns was sent off the Eagles with seven minutes left on the clock. 

With the man advantage, West Brom pushed for a late winner but were unable to find it, as the Eagles held on for what would prove a vital point in their battle to beat the drop. 

MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Only a limited number of tickets now remain for Saturday’s bottom-of-the-table clash.

This is a category B fixture, which means season ticket holders and members can purchase an unlimited number of seats for the match, subject to availability. 

To book your tickets now, CLICK HERE or call the box office on 0871 200 0071.  

BETTING
Crystal Palace: 6/4
Draw: 21/10
West Brom: 15/8
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LIVE COVERAGE
Commentary from all 90 minutes at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning service. 

Alternatively, you can follow live text updates from the match on the club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC, or via the new Eagles Feed page on our website.