Crystal Palace v West Brom Preview: Eagles aiming to continue pre-season form as the Premier League begins

With just one defeat over the summer, Alan Pardew's side will be looking to collect their first three points of the season

Crystal Palace v West Brom Preview: Eagles aiming to continue pre-season form as the Premier League begins
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The Premier League is back and Crystal Palace get their campaign underway this Saturday in-front of their supporters at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Strong summer results

With a solid pre-season under his team's belt, with one win and two draws in North America, and five wins and one defeat on home soil, manager Alan Pardew should be in a confident mood heading into the new season. 

One thing we do know is that he is pleased with some of his players having a positive summer on the international stage. 

Eagles Midfielder Yohan Cabaye and new signing Steve Mandanda reaching the Euro 2016 final with France, and Welshmen Joe Ledley, Wanye Hennessy and Jonny Williams made it to the semi-finals in the same competition.

Pardew believes that these players will "take their confidence into the season", which he thinks will be a big benefit for his side.

Meanwhile, the Baggies have played just twice in pre-season; losing once - 2-1 to a strong Paris Saint Germain side - and winning once - 2-1 against Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem

Team news

Yannick Bolasie is available for selection despite recent transfer rumours linking the Congolese winger with a move to Everton, whether he will be involved remains unclear. 

Bolasie joined the club in 2012 and has been a key member of the squad since. Photo: Express.co.uk
Bolasie joined the club in 2012 and has been a key member of the squad since. Photo: Express.co.uk

The Eagles will be missing defender James Tomkins and forwards Bakery Sako and Fraizer Campbell due to injury.

However Steve Mandanda and Andros Townsend could make their competitive debuts for the South London side.

Saido Berahino - linked with the Eagles earlier in the Summer - is also set to take part but, like Bolasie, could be heading to pastures new before the end of the transfer window. 

New signing Matt Phillips is in line to make his debut, but midfielders Chris Brunt and James Morrison miss out due to injury.

Investment needed

Baggies manager Tony Pulis will lead his team into the new season with questions being asked about his own future and recently lost defender James Chester to Aston Villa - even further weakening his side ahead of the new season.

Despite this, he has said that there is no chance of him walking out on the job, and that until the transfer window closes, his aim is to get "five players in that will make a difference to this team."

The Welshman has said that the club's lack of summer signings puts them "well behind the game", but he hopes that with new owner Guochuan Lai's arrival, the club will receive the backing to improve.

New signing Matt Phillips is in line to make his debut, but midfielders Chris Brunt and James Morrison miss out due to injury.

Palace boss Pardew echoed the same sentiments, claiming in his recent press conference that he still expects "one or two" players to come in, along with additional signings if his current players do depart.