The FourFourTwo Preview: West Brom vs Crystal Palace
WEST BROM FORM
- Liverpool 4-1 West Brom (Prem)
- Stoke 0-0 West Brom (Prem)
- West Brom 1-1 Arsenal (Prem)
- Man Utd 1-2 West Brom (Prem)
- West Brom 1-1p Arsenal (LC)
CRYSTAL PALACE FORM
- Palace 0-2 Arsenal (Prem)
- Palace 1-4 Fulham (Prem)
- Liverpool 3-1 Palace (Prem)
- Southampton 2-0 Palace (Prem)
- Palace 0-2 Swansea (Prem)
One team who have no need to look over their shoulders are Saturday’s visitors to The Hawthorns. Crystal Palace are now bottom of the Premier League, after Sunderland’s first win of the season against Newcastle on Sunday. That blow came 24 hours after the Eagles had performed reasonably well in their defeat to table-topping Arsenal. That showing will give them some encouragement ahead of this fixture, but the south Londoners remain in a state of flux, with no new manager and no sign of an imminent appointment. Rumours on Thursday morning suggested Chris Coleman was ‘in talks’, but the same was previously said of Tony Pulis and Martin O’Neill.
Player to watch: Marouane Chamakh (Palace)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
- Palace 1-1 WBA (C'ship, Apr 10)
- WBA 0-1 Palace (C'ship, Sept 09)
- WBA 1-1 Palace (C'ship, Mar 08)
- Palace 1-1 WBA (C'ship, Dec 07)
- WBA 2-3 Palace (C'ship, Mar 07)
Facts and figures
- West Brom have suffered just one defeat in their last six games, winning two and drawing three.
- A league-high 66.7% of Crystal Palace’s goals this season have come from set-piece situations (four out of six goals).
- Three of the last four league meetings between West Brom and Crystal Palace have ended as 1-1 draws.
- Palace have lost their last six Premier League games, their worst top-flight run since March 1998 (eight games)
- Marouane Chamakh has appeared in all nine of Palace’s Premier League games this season but has had only two shots on target.
- Palace are the only team not to draw a game in the Premier League this season.
- Palace have scored a league-low two goals from open play this season.
- The Eagles have conceded a league-high four penalties this season.
- Palace have gone six games without a win, no side in the Premier League is on a longer run.
- Nicolas Anelka has mustered just two shots on target in seven Premier League appearances for WBA.