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Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

25 September 2018

Palace will be hoping their strong away record will serve them well at West Bromwich Albion tonight in the Carabao Cup third round, in an 8pm kick-off

Roy Hodgson's team have won three of their four games on their travels so far this season, including the 1-0 win at Swansea City that set up this meeting that sees the Palace manager once again face off against a former side.

Albion secured their place in the hat for round three after home wins over Luton Town and Mansfield Town, and the Championship's top scorers will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of victories in the competition.

Albion's home form helping solid start

Dwight Gayle

Since falling to defeat in their final Premier League game against the Eagles, Darren Moore has regrouped his troops and the Baggies now sit third in the table on 17 points from their first nine matches, with early pace-setters Leeds United and Middlesbrough just a point better off.

Saturday saw them beat south London opposition as Millwall were sent packing from the Midlands pointless after goals from Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs sealed a 2-0 win. Albion have now won six consecutive matches at The Hawthorns, with a win over Palace equalling their best run on their own patch since 2010. 

Ex-Eagle Gayle has scored five times already this season since joining on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United. He has scored in all five of his home games for the Baggies so far, and even netted at the venue for Palace in an FA Cup tie back in 2013/14.

View from the opposition

Darren Moore

Darren Moore: “I’m looking forward to seeing Roy and his team here. He’s a wonderful man, I’ve got the highest respect for Roy and hold him in the highest regard.

“For a young head coach coming into the game I can only aspire to do half of some of the things Roy has done.

“He’s been a phenomenal servant to professional football and deserves all the accolades he gets because he has done wonders for this game.”

Team news

Scott Dann

West Brom: James Morrison could feature having missed the last few weeks with a leg injury, but played for Albion's development side on Friday.

Jonathan Leko is pushing for a start despite not playing a league game this season, but did score in the previous round against Mansfield.

Palace: Hodgson is keeping an eye on the availability of Scott Dann, who is close to a return from a knee injury that has kept him out of action since New Year's Eve.

Pape Souare could also be in contention for some action after joining in with training again last week.

Matchday officials

Peter Bankes

The referee for Tuesday's game is Peter Bankes. Paul Hodgkinson and Mark Dwyer will be his assistants, with Stephen Martin as fourth official.

Bankes has already shown 44 yellows this season and one red card from the nine games he has overseen.

Matchday stats

West Brom 0-2 Palace

The sides have met just once previously in the League Cup - the Baggies won 3-1 in December 1981.

The Eagles have kept clean sheets in their last two visits to The Hawthorns.

West Brom have reached the fourth round of the League Cup in just four of their previous 28 campaigns.

Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez has been involved in 13 goals in his last 15 appearances in the League Cup (11 goals, 2 assists).

Palace haven't won consecutive away matches in the League Cup since November 1990.

This is Roy Hodgson's third match against West Brom since he left the Baggies in May 2012 - he faced them twice with Palace last season and was unbeaten in both (W1 D1).


  West Brom wins Draws Palace wins
League 22 15 17
FA Cup 1 0 0
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 23 15 18


Tickets and travel

The Hawthorns

Tickets are on general sale, priced £10 for adults, seniors, under-23s and students, and £5 for under-18s and £3 for under-11s.

From noon on Tuesday prices will increase by £5.

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Live coverage

If you can’t make it to The Hawthorns, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49.

If you live outside the UK, find out if the game is being screened live in your country.

There will also be updates on our official Twitter account and on the official Palace app, and highlights available on Palace TV.

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