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Palace Preview: Why aerial service could be crucial v West Brom

12 March 2021

Palace will look to replicate their emphatic victory at the Hawthorns in December as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to south London on Saturday, 13th March.

After a tight opening period, a brace apiece from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke saw Palace claim their record Premier League away victory in the reverse fixture. However, they are yet to complete a top-flight double over the Baggies.

After a tricky run of form which has seen them concede more goals than any other side in the division, West Brom are beginning to find their defensive solidity under Sam Allardyce, conceding just two goals in their last five games.

Despite defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last time out, Palace can boast a strong recent defensive record at home, and will look to claim a third successive clean sheet at Selhurst Park.

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Roy Hodgson’s side have come out on top in recent meetings, with West Brom losing four of their last six games in south London. In fact, the Baggies’ away form has been a source of frustration this season, with their last 14 trips resulting in just a single victory.

The opposition is a familiar one to Hodgson, who had a successful spell at the Hawthorns after taking over from Roberto Di Matteo in 2011. Arriving with the side in 17th, he took them to an 11th place finish, their highest for 30 years. The next year they went one better, finishing just inside the top half.

There will also be a reunion for Allardyce, who took over at Selhurst Park in 2016 and guided the club to Premier League safety.

Match details

  • Saturday, 13th March
  • 15:00 GMT
  • Selhurst Park
  • Sky Sports

Tactical overview

After Benteke’s thundering header against Spurs last weekend, Palace may continue to try and create chances from the wings. The Eagles have the highest cross completion rate in the league (26.2%).

West Brom should pay particular attention to Patrick van Aanholt, who has contributed to five goals against the Baggies, more than against any opponent in the competition.

Should the visitors score early, the second-half could be crucial for Palace. West Brom have only scored three times after the hour mark this season, while winning just two of the eight games in which they have scored first.

Did you know?

After a run of eight league games between December and February in which they conceded at least twice, West Brom have shipped just two goals in their last five matches. However, the Baggies have also scored just twice in this run (W1 D3 L1).

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Sam Allardyce has faced former sides Everton (0-1) and Newcastle United (0-0) in his last two games. This game will see him become just the second manager to play three consecutive Premier League games against former clubs after Roy Hodgson in August 2018 (West Brom, Fulham and Liverpool).

Team news

Palace were boosted by the return of Wilfried Zaha to first-team action against Tottenham Hotspur. Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne will be assessed after missing out, while James McArthur and James McCarthy continue to be monitored.

West Brom were without Grady Diangana and Kieran Gibbs for the match against Newcastle United, but Robert Snodgrass is available once again after a knee injury.

How to follow

On TV

Palace v West Brom will be shown live in the UK via Sky Sports. Full details can be found here.

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the West Brom clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings.

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles astute in spot-kick success v West Brom

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

13 March 2021

Crystal Palace came out on top of a well-fought first-half to defeat West Bromwich Albion through Luka Milivojevic's penalty at Selhurst Park.

Having earned the lead in a tight opening 45, the Eagles then showcased their structure from front to back to secure three points before a lengthy break from league football.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes just one change to his Palace lineup, starting Wilfried Zaha
  • The game’s opening 25 minutes are bright and even – with both sides enjoying the ball near one another’s goalmouth
  • Palace earn a penalty after Darnell Furlong handles Zaha’s effort
  • Luka Milivojevic strikes home with an expert shot from the spot
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • Benteke opens the second-half with a fizzing effort that Johnstone saves well
  • The game settles after 60 minutes as Palace guard their lead
  • Eberechi Eze hits hard into Johnstone’s midriff as Palace begin to sit deeper
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Crystal Palace’s 5-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion earlier this season will remain a memorable part of club history regardless of the return clash’s calibre four months later. But the afternoon still started in contrasting fashion to how it ended in December – with Sam Allardyce having drilled the Baggies to his trademark solidity.

So onlookers perhaps expected less of a goal-fest than they enjoyed in the Midlands, despite each side creating tame chances within the first few minutes.

Ultimately, they were proved correct - but that is not to say the afternoon was uneventful.

Instead, Palace’s attacking quartet looked bright, with Christian Benteke shooting into Sam Johnstone’s gloves and Jordan Ayew just failing to connect with Wilfried Zaha’s edge of the box ball.

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The game concentrated around both penalty areas in the first-half – with West Brom enjoying marginally more regular pushes forward. Palace consistently absorbed their probing over the first 25 minutes however and moved upfield themselves with at times slick intent.

Pundits and journalists alike stressed the significance of this clash for the Baggies as they seek to secure late Premier League safety and Roy Hodgson repeatedly commented on his side’s hunger pre-match, too – a determination from both teams that showed throughout the first-half with the ball moved swiftly and chances pursued with urgency.

The game’s pendulum-like rhythm showcased the outcome of two counter-attacking teams facing one another’s typically resolute defences. Chances arose, ended, and just as quickly began at the other end of the pitch.

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Perhaps the clearest indicator of this came when Luka Milivojevic launched a remarkable volley goal-bound just moments after a Vicente Guaita goal-kick.

Johnstone tipped the fizzing shot behind impressively, but his heroics were to prove fruitless as Simon Hooper later watched Darnell Furlong’s handball on the pitchside monitor.

Stepping up to test Johnstone for the second time in two minutes, Milivojevic displayed the steely composure he possesses so well from 12 yards and buried the ball into the bottom-right corner.

At the break, the half's seemingly inevitable goal was Palace's, and ensured they had a lead to protect over the following 45 minutes.

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The second-half opened in the fashion that epitomised the first and Palace took just two minutes to force Johnstone back into action. This time, Benteke worked the ball across the edge of the box, pushed it into space and unleashed a thunderous strike which the Baggies’ No.1 instinctively stopped.

At the other end of the pitch just moments later, Conor Gallagher saw his close-range effort blocked and Matt Phillips spun the ball high on the volley.

Chances remained fairly regular but the game had settled by its hour-mark; the tempo cooling with the heavens opening. Eberechi Eze worked Palace’s next-best effort as he drifted forward before releasing a fierce shot into Johnston’s midriff – the midfielder’s mazy style belying the venom in his boots.

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Eze pulling the trigger aside, Palace largely sat deeper in the final 20 minutes, utilising their structure and discipline to guard a close lead.

This approach saw Palace's back four - near-faultless all afternoon - called into more obvious action, Joel Ward in particular making astute challenges to suffocate West Brom's closing attempts.

The south Londoners were not forced to weather a storm, however, with West Brom pinned nearer the halfway line when perhaps a more apparent onslaught was required.

Palace's ability to make their hungry guests appear unfazed highlighted the discipline they'd shown all afternoon to ensure a single goal secured three well-earned points.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Kouyate, Cahill, Ward, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze (Schlupp 74), Ayew (Townsend 84), Zaha, Benteke.

Subs not used: Butland, Dann, Kelly, Hannam, Wickham, Mateta, Batshuayi.

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, O'Shea, Townsend, Yokuslu, Phillips (Snodgrass 70), Pereira (Robson-Kanu 64), Gallagher, Maitland-Niles, Diagne.

Subs not used: Button, Ajayi, Robinson, Livermore, Diangana, Peltier, Grant.

You can watch full highlights and post-match reaction from Palace v West Brom on Palace TV. Keep an eye out by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app!

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