Sunday will see Palace play their 350th Premier League game, a total that will be added to next season after Roy Hodgson and his team masterminded their survival with a game to spare as a remarkable campaign comes its conclusion.
However, this afternoon’s match will be West Bromwich Albion’s last in the top-flight for at least a year after their relegation was confirmed on Tuesday. They will be looking to finish on a high, and they boast an impressive record at Selhurst Park with Palace only winning three of their last 14 home matches against the Baggies.
However, the Eagles have plenty to play for, including the prospect of equalling their best ever Premier League finish of 10th, and trying to avoid missing out on prize money by slipping a few places in the table.
Too little, too late for Baggies
Despite the heroics performed by caretaker boss Darren Moore, who was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month award after winning three and drawing two of his five games in charge, the Baggies have now been consigned to the drop, ending their seven-year stay in the top-flight.
They come into this game with the exact same unbeaten record as Palace from their last five games, but what makes Albion’s all the more impressive is that they managed to secure victories over Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as hold UEFA Champions League finalists Liverpool to a goalless draw a fortnight ago, but the damage had already been done.
Two former Palace bosses in Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew were shown the door during a disappointing season at The Hawthorns, but it seems that club legend Moore looks likely to get the chance to begin the rebuilding job.
View From The Opposition
Darren Moore: “It’s very, very important we finish the season on a high. It’s been that way in recent weeks and we’ve got some wonderful results against some really good football clubs.
“All five games have been excellent results and we continue to work on extending that.
“We’ve still got a real big game ahead of us.
“I do feel it’s really important that you gain momentum and I think every other Premier League manager would tell you the same.
“We need to keep that mentality going in the football club. It would be great to go six games unbeaten as the games have been difficult. We’ve focussed on making sure our planning and preparation has been good this week."
Ahead of this game Roy Hodgson has said that he has the majority of his squad available with only Scott Dann and Bakary Sako missing with their long term injuries.
Gareth Barry and James Morrison are Albion's only concerns, with the midfield pair out with knee and achilles injuries respectively.
Its a fifth and final Palace appointment for Jonathan Moss for this game, with the official also overseeing the campaign's opener against Huddersfield Town. Palace haven't won any of other games he's refereed this term - drawing against Manchester City and Bournemouth and losing to Everton.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Simon Bennett and Scott Ledger
Fourth official: Lee Probert
The Eagles have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two Premier League meetings with West Brom - only against Aston Villa (2005-2014) and QPR (1994-2014) have they recorded three successive games without conceding in the competition.
Palace have won on both occasions they've finished the Premier League campaign at home, beating Sheffield Wednesday in 1997-98 and Swansea in 2014-15.
Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games (W4 D2), winning the last two in a row. They've not won three consecutively since a run of four in April 2017.
The Eagles have won 15 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season - only in 2014-15 (21) have they won more in a single campaign.
The Baggies have only won one of their previous 11 matches on the final day of a Premier League campaign (D6 L4), beating Portsmouth in 2004/05 to avoid relegation.
Wilfried Zaha has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
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