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Tony Pulis to hurt former club as West Brom face Crystal Palace

| 02.10.2015

Tony Pulis has a perfect record against former Premier League employers and will continue this when he heads to Crystal Palace for the early kickoff on Saturday.

Last season, he guided West Bromwich Albion to a 2-0 victory over Palace after previously having similar success with the Eagles against Stoke City.

He earned a 1-0 victory when Stoke headed to Selhurst Park in 2014, and has twice beaten the Potters while in charge of West Brom, again winning 1-0.

Most of these wins have come when his sides were considered underdogs, showing the power Pulis has when he has knowledge of a past squad.

Palace are in fine form and sitting seventh in the table, but Pulis will look to take advantage of their frailties at home.

They’ve won four of their seven games, including a heroic 2-1 win against Chelsea, only losing narrowly to Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Yet, Pulis can take comfort in knowing that only one of these four wins came at home as he prepares to take his current side to his old stomping ground.

Furthermore, the Albion have travelled well this season, earning all but one of their eight points on the road.

Despite Palace’s position as favourites, Pulis’ hoodoo gives the Baggies a real chance of landing their 15/4 odds of victory.

Noticeably, three of his four victories against old clubs ended 1-0 in the West Brom manager’s favour, doing so again comes in at 10/1.

Saido Berahino attracted a lot of negative attention from Baggies fans after his summer tantrum, but has turned it round to win back the hearts and minds of the Hawthorns faithful.

He’ll be able to return this support if he delivers on the 7/1 chance of him being the first goalscorer.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.