Palace to continue their great performance in The Premier League

Last updated: October 1, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWLLW
Away form: LLWDW
Last season: 0-2
Referee: J. Moss
Competition: The Premier League

Crystal Palace have been performing at the top level since the beginning of the season; The Eagles beat Chelsea, Norwich, Aston Villa and Watford and collected 12 points, they are now lying 7th place in the standings. Their nice attacking football is paying off, the team are scoring lots of goals and even though Crystal Palace have lost three times, The Eagles proved they can compete for 6th place, which would give them the right to participate in The Europa League.

West Bromwich Albion played great in the first 54 minutes against Everton on Monday, leading 2-0. Then something happened and Everton turned things around, winning 2-3. Despite this one occasion, The Baggies have recorded some good results from the first seven games of The Premier League. West Brom achieved two impressive away victories against Aston Villa and Stoke City and drew with Southampton and Watford 0-0.

The history books aren’t full of matches between these two teams. There has only been 41 games between the two sides. West Brom have had the advantage in the past. The Baggies have won 17 games against Crystal Palace. Now, it looks like The Eagles have more potential than their opponents and it won’t be a surprise if Palace win the match.

Team News

Only Ben Foster is still missing for West Bromwich Albion. The English international will return to the pitch on the18th October 2015.

New Palace signing Connor Wickham has recently received a calf muscle strain and is out of the next few matches for The Eagles’.

Marouane Chamakh is still waiting for his first appearance on the pitch this season. The striker is suffering from a hamstring injury.

The defender Joel Ward is suffering from injury and won’t be available for the upcoming fixture. He is going to return to training on the 9th October 2015.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “After what has happened in the past, I know I have to remain controlled.”

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “They’ve embraced him and brought him back into the fold – that naughty child.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Hangeland, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Sako, Zaha, Gayle.
Subs Bolasie, Ledley, Lee, Jedinak, McCarthy, Mariappa, Mutch
Injured: Appiah, Chamakh, Ward, Wickham
Not available:
WBA (4-5-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Morrison, Yacob, Berahino.
Subs Lambert, McManaman, Gamboa, Ideye, Anichebe, Rondon, Rose
Injured: Foster
Not available:

Key Battle

Yohan Cabaye is the key for Palace’s success. The midfielder came from PSG for more than 15 m. euros and immediately became an important part of Alan Pardew’s first eleven. The French international secured the points for his team in the visit to Vicarage Road last weekend, scoring the only goal of the match.

Cabaye this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 601 2 2 0 2 3 0
Berahino this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 (1) 362 2 1,2 0 0 0 0

Saido Berahino is finally starting to find his best form. He scored in two consecutive games for West Brom. Tony Pulis said in an interview that his striker must grow up if he wants to continue the good performance. WBA manager said this to his player because of the transfer saga linking the player with several clubs.

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season West Bromwich this season
7 League Position 13
1 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (2)
3-1 vs Norwich Biggest win 1-0 vs Stoke and Aston Villa
0 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (0)
1-2 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester City
Cabaye (2) Top scorer Berahino (2)
McArthur (2) Assist Leader Morrison (2)
Y13, R0 Discipline Y16, R0
2 Failures to score 3
1 Clean Sheets 4
4 Both Teams to Score Games 2
4 Over 2.5 Games 3
3 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Crystal Palace have won only once at home this season (2-1 vs Aston Villa). The other two Palace matches at Selhurst Park ended with defeats for The Eagles.
  • West Bromwich Albion haven’t lost as guests this season. The Baggies have recorded two victories and one draw.
  • The last meeting between the teams ended with a 2-0 West Brom away victory. Morrison and Gardner scored for The Baggies.
  • Crystal Palace has only won 11 games against West Brom. Five of them were at Selhurst Park. There has been 13 draws in total.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
18/04/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Morrison 2′
25/10/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 2-2 Crystal Palace Hangeland 16′
08/02/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 3-1 West Bromwich Ince 15′
04/01/14 The FA Cup West Bromwich 0-2 Crystal Palace Gayle 23′
02/11/13 The Premier League West Bromwich 2-0 Crystal Palace Berahino 44′