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Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

25 September 2018

Palace will be hoping their strong away record will serve them well at West Bromwich Albion tonight in the Carabao Cup third round, in an 8pm kick-off

Roy Hodgson's team have won three of their four games on their travels so far this season, including the 1-0 win at Swansea City that set up this meeting that sees the Palace manager once again face off against a former side.

Albion secured their place in the hat for round three after home wins over Luton Town and Mansfield Town, and the Championship's top scorers will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of victories in the competition.

Albion's home form helping solid start

Dwight Gayle

Since falling to defeat in their final Premier League game against the Eagles, Darren Moore has regrouped his troops and the Baggies now sit third in the table on 17 points from their first nine matches, with early pace-setters Leeds United and Middlesbrough just a point better off.

Saturday saw them beat south London opposition as Millwall were sent packing from the Midlands pointless after goals from Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs sealed a 2-0 win. Albion have now won six consecutive matches at The Hawthorns, with a win over Palace equalling their best run on their own patch since 2010. 

Ex-Eagle Gayle has scored five times already this season since joining on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United. He has scored in all five of his home games for the Baggies so far, and even netted at the venue for Palace in an FA Cup tie back in 2013/14.

View from the opposition

Darren Moore

Darren Moore: “I’m looking forward to seeing Roy and his team here. He’s a wonderful man, I’ve got the highest respect for Roy and hold him in the highest regard.

“For a young head coach coming into the game I can only aspire to do half of some of the things Roy has done.

“He’s been a phenomenal servant to professional football and deserves all the accolades he gets because he has done wonders for this game.”

Team news

Scott Dann

West Brom: James Morrison could feature having missed the last few weeks with a leg injury, but played for Albion's development side on Friday.

Jonathan Leko is pushing for a start despite not playing a league game this season, but did score in the previous round against Mansfield.

Palace: Hodgson is keeping an eye on the availability of Scott Dann, who is close to a return from a knee injury that has kept him out of action since New Year's Eve.

Pape Souare could also be in contention for some action after joining in with training again last week.

Matchday officials

Peter Bankes

The referee for Tuesday's game is Peter Bankes. Paul Hodgkinson and Mark Dwyer will be his assistants, with Stephen Martin as fourth official.

Bankes has already shown 44 yellows this season and one red card from the nine games he has overseen.

Matchday stats

West Brom 0-2 Palace

The sides have met just once previously in the League Cup - the Baggies won 3-1 in December 1981.

The Eagles have kept clean sheets in their last two visits to The Hawthorns.

West Brom have reached the fourth round of the League Cup in just four of their previous 28 campaigns.

Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez has been involved in 13 goals in his last 15 appearances in the League Cup (11 goals, 2 assists).

Palace haven't won consecutive away matches in the League Cup since November 1990.

This is Roy Hodgson's third match against West Brom since he left the Baggies in May 2012 - he faced them twice with Palace last season and was unbeaten in both (W1 D1).


  West Brom wins Draws Palace wins
League 22 15 17
FA Cup 1 0 0
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 23 15 18


Tickets and travel

The Hawthorns

Tickets are on general sale, priced £10 for adults, seniors, under-23s and students, and £5 for under-18s and £3 for under-11s.

From noon on Tuesday prices will increase by £5.

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Live coverage

If you can’t make it to The Hawthorns, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49.

If you live outside the UK, find out if the game is being screened live in your country.

There will also be updates on our official Twitter account and on the official Palace app, and highlights available on Palace TV.

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Match Reports

Report: West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Crystal Palace

25 September 2018

Palace booked their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup thanks to two excellent strikes from Andros Townsend and a Patrick van Aanholt goal ended West Bromwich Albion’s interest in the competition.

Townsend netted superbly early on to put Roy Hodgson’s team in firm control but despite creating many opportunities, they had to be patient for more goals to come, but towards the end of the second 45 they did with Van Aanholt getting on the scoresheet and man-of-match Townsend completing his brace to cap an impressive display for the Eagles.

The encounter was just six minutes old when Townsend netted another memorable goal at The Hawthorns to sit alongside his solo strike back in the 2016/17 campaign. Alexander Sørloth showed some good hold-up play before finding the winger inside his own half, and after a lengthy dribble he cut inside and powerfully whipped the ball into the top corner from 25 yards, leaving Boaz Myhill grasping thin air.

Albion came back with an attempt from a similar range three minutes later but James Morrison’s volley arced wide, however every time they entered the final third Palace looked threatening and after a wicked delivery by Townsend was narrowly missed the jumping Jeffrey Schlupp, Van Aanholt shot straight at Myhill.

Even the setback of seeing Jairo Riedewald forced off with a muscle injury couldn’t halt the Eagles in the opening half and Ahmed Hegazi produced the first of two crucial goaline clearances after Schlupp nicked the ball between Myhill’s legs, before Sørloth saw a couple of headers go begging.

First Team

Gallery: West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

25 September 2018

Despite the one-way traffic, the one-goal lead was a fragile one and five minutes before the break Vicente Guaita had to pull off a smart acrobatic save to deny Morrison after he was found in space in the box by Wes Hoolahan during a rare moment of danger for Hodgson’s team, who nearly grabbed the crucial second when Townsend found himself onside following a deflected shot and chipped Myhill, but once again Hegazi was well-positioned.

The game looked to be continuing in the same vein after the restart as within five minutes Schlupp’s run was picked out by Sørloth but Myhill made his best save, but slowly the hosts began to cause a little more problems themselves and substitute Kyle Howkins forced Guaita into a routine save on 66 minutes.

However 10 minutes later, the Eagles secured their place in round four when they finally added a second. A good run forward by makeshift centre-back Joel Ward allowed him to play a pass into the area which was only partially cut out by Kyle Edwards, and Van Aanholt pounced to blast home from the edge of the area.

With Albion’s hopes of progressing into the fourth round disappearing, Palace ended them completely on 81 minutes with Townsend the beneficiary again. Schlupp held the ball up in the box before laying it off to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and he nudged it onto Townsend who weaved past two defenders before crashing in a shot off the upright.

First Team

Townsend On That Goal As He Celebrates A Brace In Cup Win

26 September 2018

The margin could have been even larger had Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew not been denied late on by the Albion keeper, but Hodgson would have been more than happy with his return to his old stomping ground.

West Brom: Myhill, Mears (Edwards 63), Adarabioyo, Hegazi (Howkins 63), Field, Barry (Brunt 63), Harper, Townsend, Hoolahan, Morrison, Robson-Kanu. Subs: Bond, Burke, Leko, Gayle.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Riedewald (Wan-Bissaka 21), Van Aanholt (Souare 80), Puncheon, Meyer, Kouyaté, Townsend (Ayew 85), Schlupp, Sørloth. Subs: Speroni, Woods, Williams, Kaikai.

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