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Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

3 March 2017


INTRO
Having hopefully kick-started their campaign under Sam Allardyce following last weekend's victory over Middlesbrough, the Eagles travel to The Hawthorns to take on high-flying West Bromwich Albion in a traditional 3pm kick-off.

Former Palace boss Tony Pulis has got his side to the magical 40-point mark already as they look set to surpass their previous best-ever season in the Premier League of 49 points, with the Baggies currently sitting in eighth spot.

However, the Eagles have yet to taste success in the division at the highest ground above sea level in England, having drawn two and lost two of their four matches there, and they have only won two of their last 13 visits to the venue.

Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game on the opening day of the season to snatch the points for Albion, and they are looking to do their first league double over the Eagles since 1980/81.


OPPOSITION VIEW


Tony Pulis' pre-match press conference will take place on Friday morning - stay tuned for updates.


TEAM NEWS

West Bromwich Albion: Matty Phillips is a doubt for the game after missing last weekend's win against Bournemouth with a hamstring injury, and will undergo a fitness test to check his availability.

Craig Dawson was forced from the field with a head injury but has been deemed fit enough to play against the Eagles.

Palace: Loic Remy is still doubtful after sitting out last week's win at Selhurst, but Bakary Sako is back in training again and could be in contention.

Jonathan Benteke, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare remain out.


HEAD TO HEAD
West Brom winsDrawsPalace wins
League151422
FA Cup100
League Cup001
Total161423


STATS
Only against Bolton (six games) have the Baggies played a side more often at The Hawthorns in the Premier League without losing than Palace (four games).

A win for West Brom would equal their points tally from last season (43).

Palace have conceded eight goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season, no other side has conceded more from long range. West Brom have conceded the joint-fewest (2).

Palace have won a higher proportion of their points this season away from home than any other side (54.5% - 12/22).

The Baggies have scored a league-high 12 goals from corners this season in the Premier League.


OFFICIALS

Mike Jones takes charge of this game, having last overseen the Eagles in their 3-3 draw with Hull City back in November. Palace have won just three of the 19 games that he has overseen, with the last coming against Cardiff City at home in 2013/14.

Referee: M Jones
Assistants: A Garratt and M Scholes
Fourth official: M Clattenburg


LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

27th February 2016
West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Saido Berahino scored his first Premier League goal since October as West Brom held on to win against Crystal Palace.

The Baggies forward, who apologised on Friday for his strike threat earlier in the season, scored a cushioned volley from Stephane Sessegnon's pass.

That put the hosts in charge after Craig Gardner tucked in a rebound and Craig Dawson's header.

Connor Wickham scored twice to make it a nervy ending but Palace's winless league run stretched to 10 games.


TICKETS
Tickets are available to season ticket holders and members, who can purchase up to four per client reference number.  

Adults: £25
Seniors (60+): £20
Young Adults (17-22): £15
Students (With valid NUS card): £15
Under-17s: £10

Tickets can be purchased online here, over the phone on 08712 00 00 71 or in person at the box office.


TRAVEL
Coach travel will be available for this match. This will depart Selhurst Park at 9.30am priced at £17 per seat.

For more information on how to get to The Hawthorns, read our Away Day Guide here.

For more information on the ground itself, please click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at 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, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our official app - click here for more information.

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