West Brom v Crystal Palace Preview: Eagles aiming to turn league form around

The South London side travel to the Midlands hoping to kick on with just twelve league games to go.

West Brom v Crystal Palace Preview: Eagles aiming to turn league form around
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After a positive performance and victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup last weekend, Crystal Palace return to the Premier League hoping to replicate their cup form.

Alan Pardew's side still haven’t won in the league in 2016, having lost six and drawn one.

After a trip to Spain for a training camp before their FA cup fixture on Saturday, Palace returned looking refreshed, and set up in 4-4-2 rather than their usual 4-2-3-1, and it worked perfectly, meaning they can go into the game with West Brom with a bit of confidence.

Ahead of the game, Pardew spoke about his sides odd form in all competitions and the importance of Saturday’s game.

“It’s been a strange run because we’ve beaten three Premier League teams in the cup, but the league run is a worry. One win will settle us,” he said in his press conference.

“It’s a game that’s pivotal to a degree. Particularly with the cup quarter final not far away. It would be nice to get 4-6 points in the bag.”

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Yannick Bolasie is expected to make his first start for the Eagles in two months after a full recovery from a hip injury.

Bakary Sako has a chance of feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Jason Puncheon is still a few weeks away from a return to the first team.

West Brom will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Championship side Reading in the FA cup last week.

After the defeat, midfielder Chris Brunt was involved in a coin throwing incident with a group of West Brom fans which remained a hot topic surrounding in the club in the days after.

Brunt initially went over to give his shirt to someone in the crowd. Photo: the Telegraph
Brunt initially went over to give his shirt to someone in the crowd. Photo: the Telegraph

In support of the player, some Baggies fans proposed on social media a charity collection for the charity of his choice, and also singing his name throughout the 11th minute of the game.

In the league, manager Tony Pulis will be hoping his side can win back to back games for the first time since the first week of January.  

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Centre backs Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson could both be available after recovering from hamstring and ankle injuries.

Jonny Evans is a doubt for the Baggies after picking up a hamstring injury.