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Preview: Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

2 October 2015


INTRO
Having got back to winning ways in the league away to Watford last Sunday, Palace will be looking to pick up another three points at home, with Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion paying the Eagles a visit early on Saturday.

Back-to-back Premier League defeats at home to Manchester City and away to Tottenham Hotspur had briefly halted the Eagles' progress, but a Capital One Cup thumping of Charlton Athletic and the hard-fought win at Vicarage Road last weekend have put Alan Pardew's side back on track.

West Brom threw away a 2-0 lead against Everton on Monday night, losing the game 3-2 at the Hawthorns, so will be guarded against letting Palace get in behind to cause problems.

The Baggies are currently 15th in the table, having taken eight points from seven games, whilst Palace sit in seventh on 12 points.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Tony Pulis [on bouncing back]: “I want a response from my team after what happened on Monday. We got the second goal and then all we had to do was be really tight and solid for 10 minutes and then the game would have settled down again.

“It was really, really disappointing because we had the game in our hands. We need to bounce back and we’ll be doing our damn hardest to do that.”

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: In his pre-match press conference, Alan Pardew said there were no changes regarding team news, with Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh, Damien Delaney, Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak all still on the road to recovery from their various injuries.

All will likely return to face West Ham United after the international break, but the visit of the Baggies will come to soon for them.

West Bromwich Albion: Goalkeeper Ben Foster remains out of action due to his anterior cruciate ligament injury, whilst defender Gareth McAuley, Salomon Rondon and Jonas Olsson could all miss out.

STATS

West Bromwich Albion have won twice in their last 14 Premier League visits to London (D5 L7), with their last win in the capital coming against Palace in April 2015 (2-0).

Saido Berahino has scored in consecutive league appearances for the first time since March, but he has not scored in three in a row since October 2014.

The Eagles have gone 20 BPL matches without a draw (W11 L9), a current run only Manchester City can beat (21 matches).

Of the 43 points Crystal Palace have won under manager Alan Pardew, 27 (63%) have come away from home, with nine victories achieved on the road compared to five at Selhurst Park.

OFFICIALS

Jonathan Moss will take charge of Saturday's clash at Selhurst Park, with A. Halliday and A. Holmes providing assistance. A. Taylor will be the fourth official.

Referee: J Moss
Assistants: A Halliday and A Holmes
Fourth Official: A Taylor

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace winsDrawsWest Brom wins
League
14
14
20
FA Cup
1
0
0
League Cup
0
0
1
Total
15
14
21

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

18th April 2015
Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
Premier League

The Baggies recorded a 2-0 win over the Eagles towards the end of last season, despite sustained periods of possession from Alan Pardew's side. An early goal from James Morrison gave Tony Pulis' men the lead, before a long range strike from Craig Gardner secured the three points.

TICKETS
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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Vicarage Road will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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