West Brom v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 01, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
Alan Pardew takes over for his first game at West Brom by welcoming one of his old clubs in Crystal Palace. Bottom of the table Palace could draw level with Albion with a win as Roy Hodgson also returns to an old club.
Palace won 2-0 at the Hawthorns on their last visit in March but the two previous occasions this fixture was played high scoring games saw Albion win 3-2 and the points be shared in a 2-2 draw. Overall West Brom have won 23 times against Palace compared to the Londoners’ 17 victories, while there have been 14 draws.
Youngster Sam Field showed why stand-in manager Gary Megson had such faith in him with a well-taken goal on Tuesday and will hope to hold onto his place in midfield. In contrast veteran midfielder Gareth Barry looked his age, was subbed and can’t be guaranteed inclusion in what is likely to be a first Alan Pardew line up.
Christian Benteke was back in the Palace attack at Brighton and providing he has suffered no reaction to his comeback will take to the field at The Hawthorns boosted by having got 90 minutes under his belt.
West Brom v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
West Brom are 11/7 to win with Palace at 23/10 and the odds on a draw 11/5
West Brom’s inability to hold on to a two goal advantage against out of form Newcastle cost them two points in midweek. Those dropped points also boosted Palace who come to The Hawthorns hoping to spoil their old boss Alan Pardew’s welcoming party. Bottom of the table Palace can draw level on points with West Brom if they can find a way to win. They would though need a highly unlikely four goal winning margin to go above Albion on goal difference.
Improving under Roy Hodgson Palace earned their first away point of the season with a battling goalless draw at Brighton on Tuesday and following last weekend’s win over Stoke City for just about the first time this season the Eagles will land already filled with confidence, not least after registering their first Premier League clean sheet of the season as for the first time this season.
Now their task is to score their first away goal of the campaign and with Benteke back in action, Pardew’s side face Palace at a time when the changing of the guard under former Albion boss Hodgson is starting to get into step.
Christian Benteke to score first at 57/10
Coming back into action as Palace come into form couldn’t be better for Benteke as he looks to end his second longest ever Premier League drought.
Palace to win 2-1 at 12/1
Palace’s only defeat in their last five was a single goal loss at Spurs and they are running into form as West Brom make a fresh start.