Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Preview and Prediction
Crystal Palace vs West Brom:
English Premier League 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK,
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Crystal Palace will host West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon for their Premier League 2016/2017 campaign opening game.
Crystal Palace ended last season on 15th position with 42 points, 5 points above the relegation zone. Their last 6 games was a disappointing run with just one win, they lost 3 and drew 2. They are the 3rd lowest scoring team with just 39 goal, they will be hoping for a turn around this season.
West Brom also weren’t among the best teams last season, they finished above their Saturday host with just a point. They ended the season on a 9 game win-less streak and was the second worst offensive side with just 34 goals the whole season. They won only 4 of their 19 away games last season, they scored only 14 goals and conceded 22.
Crystal Palace: Team News
Palace have an injury free squad, the manager has the luxury of picking his preferred squad but choosing who plays in the flank might be a problem as he has many players in contention for that.
West Brom: Team News
Berahino is set for this game, but Christian Gamboa, James Morrison and Chris Brunt are all out due to injury.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Head to Head
Games between this two great teams have always been tough. West Brom have won 18 of their 43 meetings against the Eagles and lost 12 and drawn 13.
Their last 2 games last season was won by the teams playing at home. The Eagles won 2-0 at home while West Brom won 3-2 in their home match.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Prediction
Palace seem well prepared considering their pre-season games, they lost just once during the pre-season tour, they won 4 games and drew 2. They only have to put more focus in their defence.
West Brom had a poor pre-season, they lost 3 of their 6 games, they were win-less in their last 3 games and they only won 2 games.
I predict a win for the home side considering the quality of players at the manager’s disposal, he should be able to win this one. I expect the first 45 minutes to be an interesting one, recording at least 2 goals.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom: Tips
- Over 1.5 Goals HT.
- Over 2.5 goals FT.