Newly-appointed West Brom manager Alan Pardew will be up against his former side as Crystal Palace travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Pardew, who was sacked by Palace back in December 2016, has replaced Tony Pulis at West Brom after a run of 13 games without a win in all competitions. West Brom are winless after securing just two victories and this poor run of form has seen them drop just above the relegation zone.
The Baggies have only won two games out of their last eight league games against Palace at the Hawthorns and this run will need to improve against the Eagles if Pardew is to impress in his first game as West Brom manager.
Crystal Palace start the weekend bottom of the league but they have only lost once in their last five league games. The Eagles have an alarming statistic away from home as they haven’t scored a single goal yet and they could be the first team ever to go ten away league games without a goal.
The last game week saw Crystal Palace travel to the AMEX to face their bitter rivals Brighton on Tuesday night. There wasn’t too much excitement in the game as it ended goalless in what was a dull affair. West Brom hosted Newcastle at the Hawthorns on the same night as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in the relegation clash.
Crystal Palace drew 0-0 against their rivals but remain bottom of the table. Roy Hodgson has revealed that Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp, Yohan Cabaye, and Luka Milivojevic sat out in the training session on Thursday. This doesn’t mean that any of them will miss the trip to West Brom although Lee Chung-yong and Connor Wickham will remain out with knee injuries.
Pardew could be without Kieran Gibbs and Matt Phillips for his first game in charge. Gibbs has a thigh problem after sustaining an injury against Newcastle on Tuesday night while Phillips is battling a hamstring injury. Midfielders Nacer Chadli (hip), James Morrison (Achilles), and Chris Brunt (calf) are all out for the Baggies.
This is a horrible game for Pardew to start off with. He will have to do something different to Tony Pulis as he can’t just play negative football and put 10 men behind the ball. He will need to be positive and that will play into the hands of Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace are bottom of the table but they have a huge amount of pace on the counter-attack with attackers such as Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, and Christian Benteke. These players can really hurt West Brom and I can see an away win for Palace here.
West Brom 1-2 Crystal Palace