Palace will open their fourth successive season in the Premier League against a West Bromwich Albion side who finished one place and one point above them last term.
The teams come into the game having had contrasting form in pre-season: the Eagles lost just once in their nine friendlies throughout the summer, whilst the Baggies struggled, losing to PSG, Torquay United and Real Mallorca, but both finished their seasons last year poorly, with Palace claiming just two wins in their last 21 games while Albion failed to win any of their last last nine.
The match will see Tony Pulis return to Selhurst Park for the third time since leaving Palace at the start of the 2014/15 season, and having won one and lost one in that time, he will be hoping to use his knowledge of his former employers. West Brom boast a better record between the two since Palace’s return to the top flight, winning four and losing two, meaning the Eagles will be hoping to buck this trend on Saturday.
Tony Pulis: "We've only got two weeks to try and get players in which we desperately need. Irrespective of me, I'm more concerned with getting them in quickly. We've done hardly any business at all. I think personally we need five players in and that will be a tough task.
"The last 22 months at the club has been difficult because of the situation. It's not been hidden that Jeremy wanted to sell the club. If there's a disappointment then it's been that it has come so late.
"James (Chester) has been sold to Aston Villa. He's a great lad, he had a fantastic Euros, I was out there and he had a great tournament and he wanted to play, he was desperate to play regular football. The club's made a profit of nearly £2 million in a year, it's a good deal for James, it's a good deal for the club as long as we can reinvest and get those players that we want in.”
Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has admitted that, in light of Euro 2016, there are one or two players who are not quite up to speed in terms of match fitness, with the majority of Palace's contingent of Welsh and French stars featuring very little in pre-season.
Bakary Sako and Fraizer Campbell are both out with ankle and muscle injuries respectively and will not be fit to face the Baggies, and James Tomkins has been struggling throughout pre-season after picking up a knock against Philadelphia Union.
James McArthur failed to feature in pre-season due to a knee injury, but Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda could make their debuts.
West Bromwich Albion: Tony Pulis has a virtually fully-fit squad to select from, with only long-term injury victim Christ Brunt out of contention and Matt Phillips is set to make his first appearance for Albion.
With James Chester on his way to Aston Villa, youngsters Kane Wilson, Jonathan Leko and Sam Field could be in contention for a spot on the bench at least.
HEAD TO HEAD
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Palace go into this game having only won two of their last eight opening fixtures
The Eagles are yet to win their first home game in a Premier League season since its conception in 1992.
West Brom have only won one Premier League away game since the 24th of October last year, a 1-0 win at Everton on the 13th of February.
Only Aston Villa scored less goals than Palace and West Brom last season, who scored just 39 and 34 respectively.
West Brom conceded the least goals out of anyone outside the top six last season (48)
Only Bayern Munich (8) had more players in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 than Palace (5).
Craig Pawson will be in charge on Saturday; the man who refereed Palace’s 2-1 win over Watford in last season’s FA Cup semi-final. He also oversaw Sunday's Community Shield match between Manchester United and Leicester City.
Referee: C Pawson
Assistants: H Lennard and A Homes
Fourth Official: A Madley
LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
3rd October 2015
Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace continued their excellent start to the season with a comfortable victory over West Brom.
Yannick Bolasie opened the scoring midway through the second half when he headed home Yohan Cabaye's inviting curling cross.
Cabaye added the second from the spot after Wilfried Zaha, a constant menace on the right wing for Alan Pardew's side, was tripped by Chris Brunt.
The defeat was West Brom's first away league loss of the season while Palace climbed to third, a point behind leaders Manchester United.
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