West Brom x Crystal Palace, English Premier League, Matchday 27
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT, Saturday, 27-February-2016.
It’s a battle between two teams who are finding it really hard to win matches as West Bromwich Albion host Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
West Brom are currently occupying 14th position in the English Premier League, level on points with Crystal Palace who are 13th on the basis of a superior goal difference. The Baggies’ win at Everton on matchday 26 was their first win in 6 matches.
Crystal Palace are on a big slip after doing pretty well in the first half of the season. It’s seems like there is no end to their misery as they have now failed to win in their last 9 league matches. But they may take some confidence from the 1-0 FA Cup win over a full strength Tottenham last weekend.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace: Form Comparison
West Brom have only one win in their last 6 Premier League matches, with 3 draws and 2 defeats. Their last four matches have seen under 2.5 goals.
While playing at home, West Brom are unbeaten in last four, the last two being draws against Aston Villa and Swansea respectively. Four of their last six home matches have seen under 2.5 goals.
Crystal Palace are winless in nine Premier League matches and have lost 6 of their last 7 matches. Five of those 7 matches have seen over 2.5 goals.
West Brom – Team News
Tony Pulis will be without the services of midfield duo Callum McManaman and James Morrison alongside veteran defender Gareth McAuley.
West Brom : Predicted line-up (4-4-2)
Foster – Dawson, Evans, Olsson, Chester – Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean – Berahino, Rondon.
Crystal Palace : Team News
Alan Pardew will be without the services of injured Jason Puncheon and Kwesi Appiah, while midfielder James McArthur is ruled out until May.
Senegalese defender Pape Souare is suspended for Crystal Palace in their trip to the West Midlands.
Crystal Palace : Predicted line-up (4-4-2)
Hennessey – Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward – Zaha, Cabaye, Ledley, Mutch – Adebayor, Wickham.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace : Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 Premier League Matches:
West Brom: 2 Wins, Draws: 1, Crystal Palace: 2 wins
Crystal Palace 2 : 0 West Brom (03-10-2015)
Crystal Palace 0 : 2 West Brom (18-04-2015)
West Brom 2 : 2 Crystal Palace (25-10-2014)
Crystal Palace 3 : 1 West Brom (08-02-2014)
West Brom 2 : 0 Crystal Palace (02-11-2013)
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace: Prediction
None of the team are in good form and West Brom could go in as slight favorites considering the home advantage.
Both teams are in desperate need for a win and taking an account of the results from previous meetings this could go either way.
For those who bet, this is a match that one should avoid for this weekend. However, there is a high probability for this match to see under 2.5 goals.