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Preview: West Brom v Crystal Palace

26 February 2016


INTRO
Having claimed another victory in the FA Cup to move into the last eight of the competition, Palace will be looking to end a run of nine Premier League games without a win when they travel to The Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion in a 5.30pm kick-off.

Alan Pardew's side are level on points with the Baggies but sit just ahead of them in the table due to their superior goal difference, but are without a win in the league since Chung-yong Lee's late winner beat Stoke City on 19th December.

Tony Pulis' Albion have won just four of their last 16 Premier League games, including one in their last six, but that did come in their last fixture when a Salomon Rondon goal beat Everton.

However last weekend saw them lose to Reading in the FA Cup as Pulis and Pardew narrowly avoided meeting each other once again in a few week's time in the quarter-final.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Tony Pulis: "I've been in the game long enough to know that it's [pressure] there, it's close to the surface, you have to get on with it.

"If you look at the abuse, if you go back to the beginning of the season, that (Arsene) Wenger was getting, and the stuff that (Jose) Mourinho got. 

"It's something that as a manager you have to deal with and you have to put up with. It builds up and builds up."


TEAM NEWS

West Bromwich Albion: Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley could return to the Baggies line-up after missing the Reading defeat through ankle and hamstring issues.

That's a boost to Pulis who saw Jonny Evans limp off at the Madejski Stadium and is out for a while, along with long-term absentees Callum McManaman and James Morrison.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has indicated that Yannick Bolasie could be ready to start a game after returning from his hip injury against Tottenham last weekend.

Bakary Sako is close to a return but Pardew is unsure whether to include him at The Hawthorns, however Jason Puncheon and James McArthur definitely remain out.

Pape Souare sits out the second of his three match ban.


STATS
The Baggies and the Eagles have both scored a joint-high eight goals from corners in the Premier League this season (along with Manchester City).

38% of the goals West Brom have scored have come from headers, the highest proportion in the top flight.

Albion have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the Premier League (77).

There have been four penalties in the last four meetings between West Brom and Palace.

Only Palace (129) and West Ham (127) have blocked more opposition shots than West Brom this season (122).

Only Alan Pardew (43%) has a better Premier League win percentage as Eagles boss than Tony Pulis managed as boss of the Eagles (42%).


OFFICIALS

Jonathan Moss is the man in the middle for this encounter, as he was in the corresponding fixture at Selhurst Park that saw Palace run out 2-0 winners. The only other Eagles game he's overseen this season was the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Referee: J Moss
Assistants: G Beswick and M Wilkes
Fourth Official: L Mason


HEAD-TO-HEAD
West Brom winsDrawsPalace wins
League201415
FA Cup001
League Cup100
Total211416


LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

25th October 2014
West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace
Premier League

An injury-time penalty from Saido Berahino completed a West Bromwich Albion comeback and denied Palace a first win in three games.

Berahino beat substitute goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to score his sixth goal in five matches after Mile Jedinak fouled substitute Victor Anichebe.

Anichebe had headed home six minutes after the break to launch the fightback after Palace led 2-0 at half-time.

Brede Hangeland volleyed Palace ahead before Jedinak scored from the spot.


TICKETS
Tickets are still available to season ticket holders and paid members with four tickets per client reference available to purchase. 

Adult (21-64) - £25
Concession (60+) - £20
17-20 Years - £15
Junior (Under 17) - £1


TRAVEL
For directions on how to get to The Hawthorns, read our away ground guide here.

For more information on the ground, click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from The Hawthorns 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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