Analyst: Here's why West Brom and Palace will be a great match

West Brom The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace have been causing the Premier League's big dogs like Chelsea and Manchester United problems.

"I’m doing this game on Soccer Saturday and I think it will be a good one because Palace will have a go and West Brom are playing good football at the moment," said Sky Sports football commentator Paul Merson as he looked ahead to Saturday's encounter between 14th placed West Bromwich Albion and 16th placed Crystal Palace, to be contested inside the Hawthorns.

Palace battled valiantly against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, a team threatening to conquer all trophies, or go undefeated in the league, this season. Yet their dangerous attacks on the break in the first half ultimately counted for little, as the West Londoners edged them by a 2-1 final score.

The Baggies twice took the lead against Manchester United, with Marouane Fellaini canceling out a Stephane Sessegnon opener and a late Daley Blind strike equalising Saido Berahino's goal on the hour mark.

"They are both really good to watch, as we saw last week when Palace caused Chelsea problems early on with their pace and West Brom got a draw with Man United," said Merson.

"There’s not a lot between these two teams and at the end of the season I’d be surprised if there’s more than three points between them.

"I’m going to sit on the fence and say a 1-1 draw, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was 2-2," he concluded.

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