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West Brom’s eight year stay in the Premier League comes to an end

Last updated: May 9, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 15:00
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Talk Sport
Home Team Form: DWDWW
Away Team Form: DWDWW
Last Meeting: W Brom 0 – 0 C Palace
Competition: Premier League

West Brom fans’ hearts were broken on Tuesday night as Southampton’s victory over Swansea relegated the Baggies from the Premier League after an eight-year stint. It’s a tough pill for West Brom to swallow, as their recent form of three wins and two draws in their last five matches under new manager Darren Moore almost saw them pull of a last minute great escape. But, despite heroic wins against Manchester United and Tottenham, it won’t be enough, so as a final tribute to the Baggie’s time in the Premier League, we’ll cover here their last match tin England’s top division for at least a year.

Somewhat ironically, their opponents for the day are Crystal Palace, a team who started the season worse than any other in Premier League history, with seven straight defeats without a goal scored in their first seven games. Roy Hodgson took over from Frank de Boer, who was in charge for just 77 days and holds that dubious record of the worst ever Premier League manager, and turned things round spectacularly, assuring safety for the Eagles a few weeks back. Crystal Palace are in the same good form as West Brom, with three wins and two draws in their last five matches. Wilfred Zaha is in exceptional form and has been playing up-front of late, with Hodgson preferring to start Christian Benteke on the bench.

Another cruel irony is that West Brom were relegated on the same day that Darren Moore was voted Premier League manager of the month. It will be a crushing disappointment, but he can hold his head high and will likely get a very warm reception from the fans on Sunday. West Brom were all but mathematically relegated six weeks ago, before Moore stepped in and led the team to an incredible run of results. Eleven points from a possible fifteen, including wins against Manchester United and Tottenham, closed the gap from ten to five points. Ultimately, it was too little too late, but none of that is Moore’s fault. Planning for the Championship has long been underway at the Hawthorns and with the outcome of this match now irrelevant for both teams, the question is: can West Brom come straight back up next season? We wish them the best of luck.


Team News

Joel Ward went off injured in the last match and is a doubt for this one.

Christian Benteke hasn’t started in a few matches as the pair of Zaha and Townsend have been working up-front. Hodgson will likely keep things the same up top.

West Brom also have no new injuries as they head into the final match of their season.

Darren Moore has also favoured two up-front, with Rondón and Rodriguez proving a dangerous pair.


Expected Line-Ups:

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C Palace (4-4-2): Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt, McArthur, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha
Subs: Sørloth, Lee Chung-yong, Schlupp, Calaieri, Benteke, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly
Injured: Dann, Sako, Puncheon, Wickham
Doubtful: Ward
Not available:
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West Brom (4-4-2): Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Philips, Livermore, Brunt, McClean, Rodriguez, Rondón
Subs: Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Evans, Myhill, Sturridge, Krychowiak, Chadli
Injured: Barry, Morrison
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Crystal Palace So Far This Season West Brom So Far This Season
11th League Position 19th
6 (4) Wins (away) 3 (3)
5 – 0 vs. Leicester Biggest Win 2 – 0 vs. Brighton
5 (6) Draws (away) 9 (4)
0 – 5 vs Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 vs Chelsea
Luka Milivojevic (10) Top Goal Scorer Jay Rodriguez (7)
Y70, R0 Discipline Y70, R1
14 Failures to Score 12
8 Clean Sheets 9
51% Both Teams to Score Games 51%
56% Over 2.5 Goals 43%
44% Under 2.5 Goals 57%
  • The two teams have very similar stats for the season. One area that could be fruitful is betting on bookings, with both teams in the top five of the poor discipline table.
  • West Brom have won just six matches this season, but three of those have come in the last four weeks.
  • Wilfred Zaha is on fire for Palace lately. He registered another assist in the last game and will likely be involved if Palace get on the scoresheet.
  • Since it’s the last game of the season and West Brom are already relegated the stats go out of the window in a way.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
02/12/2017 West Brom 0 – 0 Crystal Palace Premier League
22/07/2017 Crystal Palace 2 – 0 West Brom Asia Trophy Milivojević 11′
04/03/2017 West Brom 0 – 2 Crystal Palace Premier League Zaha 55′
13/07/2016 Crystal Palace 0 – 1 West Brom Premier League Rondón 74′
27/02/2016 West Brom 3 – 2 Crystal Palace Premier League Gardner 12′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

With the Baggies relegated and Crystal Palace having nothing to play for, it’s very difficult to predict the outcome of this one. Both teams are in fine form, but it’s anyone’s guess as to which players will start, as the managers may give some game-time to some lesser players.

With that in mind, we think they’ll be some goals as the result of some sloppy defending and will be going for over 2.5 goals, which you can get at Royal Panda.