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Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

1 December 2017

Ahead of this weekend's match against West Bromwich Albion we bring you the full preview of the game for the 45th meeting between the two clubs.

Roy Hodgson takes his side into the game in the midlands on the back of picking up their first away point at Brighton in midweek. He has guided his side on a run of just two defeats in five and the safety mark of the relegation zone in sight as they face a West Brom side currently in 17th place with 12 points from 14 games.

With one former Eagles manager, Tony Pulis leaving the Hawthorns this weekend sees his successor make his debut in the home dugout as Alan Pardew takes over the managerial reins against his former club.

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New Era Begins At West Bromwich Albion

On Wednesday Alan Pardew returned to the Premier League as he was appointed as the new boss by the West Brom owners and his immediate target is to get The Baggies first win for a while after they decided to call time on Pulis with the side having gone ten games without a win.

The side had only scored nine goals in twelve games when the owners made the change in manager and the new boss spoke at his press conference this week about addressing the style of play to get points.

"My best teams play on the front foot and try and put teams under pressure. Sometimes they get a bloody nose doing that and that's what I'll deliver here at West Brom. And ultimately, hopefully along that line, we can get up to sort of 1.5, 1.7 points a game,” said Pardew as he met the media at The Hawthorns on his first day in the new job.

In the past week under caretaker charge of Gary Megson the side have drawn against Tottenham last weekend but let slip a two lead at home against Newcastle United in midweek.  

Alan Pardew

View From The Opposition

As the new boss looks forward to his first game Pardew comes up against some familiar faces.

“I know their manager very well. He is doing a good job and they are in the best place they’ve been all season.

“It’s a group of players I know very well and a lot of people I love in the dressing room.

“It will be different for me personally but it’s not about me, it’s about West Brom and I’ll do everything I can to win this game.”

Team News

Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson will have to wait to nearer kick-off before knowing whether he will have Scott Dann,Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic available. All have slight knocks after the midweek draw at Brighton. 

West Bromwich Albion : After just a couple of training sessions it remains to be seen how many changes Pardew makes to the side that drew against Newcastle but it could be that he will have Nacer Chadli and James Morrison available after respective hip and Achilles injuries.

Matchday Officials

Michael Oliver has been named the match referee for this game and this season he has taken charge of 15 matches, 12 in the top flight and has shown 46 yellow cards and 2 red.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Stuart Burt
Fourth official: Lee Mason

Pre-Match Stats

Crystal Palace have lost only two of their last eight league matches against WBA at The Hawthorns (W3 D3 L2).

Roy Hodgson will be returning to The Hawthorns for the first time as manager since leaving in 2012. The current Palace manager still has the best win percentage (36%) and points-per-match ratio (1.34) of any WBA manager in PL history.

Alan Pardew is set to become the fifth manager to take charge of at least five different PL clubs. He's won three and drawn one of his opening matches at his previous four sides.

The Baggies have gone nine games without a clean sheet since a goalless home draw against West Ham in mid-September.

The home side are without a league win in 12 games and have lost six of those fixtures.

The Eagles won this fixture 2-0 last season courtesy of goals from Wilfried Zaha & Andros Townsend.



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Ticket And Travel Information


Adults - £25 Seniors (60+) - £20

Full-time students - £15

17-22 - £15

Under-17s - £10


Departing Selhurst Park at 10am - £19.

Tickets for the match will be on general sale from the box office at The Hawthorns next to the Block A turnstiles. 

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to The Hawthorns for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday.

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