Crystal Palace vs West Brom:
English Premier League 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK,
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Crystal Palace will host West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon for their Premier League 2016/2017 campaign opening game.
Crystal Palace ended last season on 15th position with 42 points, 5 points above the relegation zone. Their last 6 games was a disappointing run with just one win, they lost 3 and drew 2. They are the 3rd lowest scoring team with just 39 goal, they will be hoping for a turn around this season.
West Brom also weren’t among the best teams last season, they finished above their Saturday host with just a point. They ended the season on a 9 game win-less streak and was the second worst offensive side with just 34 goals the whole season. They won only 4 of their 19 away games last season, they scored only 14 goals and conceded 22.
Crystal Palace: Team News
Alan Pardew has a number of injury concerns for the first match of the season. James Tomkins, Bakary Sako and Fraizer Campbell are sidelined with injuries. While James McArthur, Jonathan Williams and Ezekiel Fryers are major doubts and are likely to miss the team sheet.
The two new signings – Steve Mandanda and Andros Townsend are expected to make the starting line-up.
Crystal Palace: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Mandanda – Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward – Cabaye, Ledley – Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend – Wickham.
West Brom: Team News
Cris Brunt is the only player missing for Tony Pulis as his team visits Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Matt Phillips, the £6m summer signing from Queens Park Rangers is set to make his first league start for the Baggies.
West Brom: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Foster – Evans, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson – Yacob, Fletcher – McClean, Morrison, Phillips – Rondon.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Head to Head
Games between this two great teams have always been tough. West Brom have won 18 of their 43 meetings against the Eagles and lost 12 and drawn 13.
Their last 2 games last season was won by the teams playing at home. The Eagles won 2-0 at home while West Brom won 3-2 in their home match.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Prediction
Palace seem well prepared considering their pre-season games, they lost just once during the pre-season tour, they won 4 games and drew 2. They only have to put more focus in their defence.
West Brom had a poor pre-season, they lost 3 of their 6 games, they were win-less in their last 3 games and they only won 2 games.
I predict a win for the home side considering the quality of players at the manager’s disposal, he should be able to win this one. I expect the first 45 minutes to be an interesting one, recording at least 2 goals.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Tips
- Over 1.5 Goals HT.
- Over 2.5 goals FT.