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Crystal Palace vs West Brom Prediction & Match Preview

Crystal Palace

West Bromwich

13 March 2021 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET Premier League Selhurst Park

After suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Tottenham in the local derby, Crystal Palace will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on WBA at their Selhurst Park. 

The Eagles aim to regain their spot in top ten, and they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. 

Pacey attacker Wilfried Zaha returns to the starting XI, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered.

The Baggies, on the other hand, failed to impress in a goalless draw with WBA, and given their poor away record (1-4-8) in the 2020/21 Premier League season, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. 

WBA boss Sam Allardyce should have a full squad to choose from, with Robson-Kanu pushing for a start. In the first half of the season Palace crushed WBA 5-1 at the Hawthorns.

Crystal Palace vs West Brom Head to Head

Teams Crystal Palace West Bromwich Albion played so far 28 matches.
Crystal Palace won 11 direct matches. West Bromwich Albion won 9 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.57 goals per Match.

Crystal Palace vs West Brom Prediction

Crystal Palace in actual season average scored 1.09 goals per match. In 13 (76.47%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (41.18%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

West Bromwich Albion average scored 0.82 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (75.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (37.50%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Palace will again be without the services of Mamadou Sakho, James McCarthy, James Tomkins, James McArthur, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne this weekend.

However, Wilfried Zaha made his return from injury off the bench against Tottenham last time out, and the attacker is now likely to be handed a spot in the starting XI.

The bulk of the side that started at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should again take to the field for this match, with Zaha potentially coming in alongside Christian Benteke in the final third of the field.

As for West Brom, aside from Kieran Gibbs, who remains a slight doubt, Allardyce has a full squad to choose from for the key contest at Selhurst Park.

Robert Snodgrass is pushing for a return to the starting team, but it would not be a surprise to see the XI that started the goalless draw with Newcastle again take to the field.

Darnell Furlong has recently been preferred to Lee Peltier at right-back, while Mbaye Diagne will again lead the line, meaning that Hal Robson-Kanu and Karlan Grant should start on the bench.

Allardyce has the option of bringing Semi Ajayi back into the XI, though, with the 27-year-old battling with Dara O'Shea for a spot in the middle of the defence.

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze; Zaha, Benteke

West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Furlong, O'Shea, Bartley, Townsend; Pereira, Maitland-Niles, Yokuslu, Gallagher, Phillips; Diagne

Match officials

Referee: Simon Hooper. Assistants: Mark Scholes, Derek Eaton. Fourth official: Graham Scott. VAR: Mike Dean. Assistant VAR: Harry Lennard.

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