West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace: Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 15:00 at the Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 3/5, Draw 10/3, Crystal Palace 11/2

West Brom and Crystal Palace meet in what should be a comfortable home win. Palace sit bottom of the Premier League having lost their last six league games.

Baggies manager Steve Clarke will see this as an opportunity to get a vital three points that will move them closer to the top half of the table.

Managerless Crystal Palace will be hoping that they can take anything from the game, at this point a draw will be a great result as they try and pull themselves out of the relegation zone.

Team news

West Brom will be hoping Morgan Amalfitano can come through a late fitness test and be involved in Saturday’s games. Scott Sinclair fitness will also be tested on the day of the game, both players would give a boost to the squad.

Palace will still be without captain Paddy McCarthy, Jon Williams and Glen Murray due to long-term injuries. Williams and McCarthy are expected back sometime next month.

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West Brom’s home record: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Goals For 4, Goals Against 4

Crystal Palace’s away record: Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Goals For 5, Goals Against 3

West Brom had 45% of the possession in their last match. A 4-1 defeat at Liverpool.

Crystal Palace had 38% of the possession in their last match. A 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal

West Brom’s last six games: 2 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss

Crystal Palace’s last six games: 0 wins, 0 draws, 6 losses

Five players to watch:

Morgan Amalfitano

Amalfitano has been impressive since signing for the Baggies on loan and has played a big part in a couple of big games this season for West Brom. His performance at Old Trafford was crucial to West Brom taking all three points. He will have an easier time of it against Crystal Palace, he will expect to have some chances against a weak Palace defence.

Nicolas Anelka

Anelka seems to be improving his form game by game and it will be only a matter of time before he finds the net for the Baggies. He will have lots of chances against bottom side Crystal Palace and West Brom will look to take charge of the game from the start.

Jonas Olsson

The West Brom defence shouldn’t be tested too much in this game but Olsson will have to make sure his defence is aware of any chances Palace do create. We saw last week that they had Arsenal penned in for a portion of the game.

Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh arrived at Arsenal three years ago with an impressive reputation in the French league, sadly it never worked out at the Emirates and he now finds himself playing football at Selhurst Park. He hasn’t had the best start to his career at Palace, he was booked for diving when he really should have scored against Southampton.

Dwight Gayle

The young forward has been a bonus for Palace so far this season having joined from Peterborough in the summer. He will battle Chamakh for the lead striker’s role but there’s no one stating that they can’t play together and be effective. It will be interesting to see how he fares against West Brom’s defence.

Last time they met: N/A

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