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West Brom v Crystal Palace: Don’t expect a classic as sliding sides meet

| 27.02.2016

While West Brom versus Crystal Palace may not be a Premier League contest for the purists, it represents a great chance for one of these sides to get a rare victory under their belts.

Alan Pardew’s Eagles haven’t won a league match since before Christmas, while Tony Pulis’ Baggies can’t exactly go shouting from the rooftops with just two victories in 2016.

The pair each sit on 32 points in the table, and though relegation is highly unlikely, a couple of wins are required for both teams before they can really look forward to next season in the top tier.

There’s nothing to split them in the betting either with both sides 7/4 for victory tonight, and the draw available at 2/1.

Results between the teams have swung to and fro during their short spell as Premier League colleagues, with each club winning two and drawing one of their last five meetings.

Baggies supporters have become disgruntled with the style of football under Pulis however, and it appears that while survival should be all but assured before March is over, their current boss may be heading elsewhere come the summer.

This season’s form is a far cry from the Albion which finished eighth under Steve Clarke just three seasons ago, and for most of the campaign were in the hunt for a top five spot.

Pulis should have enough in hand to weather this little storm, but tonight’s fixture sees two teams arrive at the Hawthorns off the back of rather differing fortunes in the FA Cup.

While Palace ousted one of the competition’s favourites in Tottenham, West Brom crumbled away at Championship side Reading.

Ahead of the game, Ladbrokes are enhancing Pardew’s men to maintain that winning feeling, by enhancing Crystal Palace to win and both teams to score from 5/1 to 6/1.

Palace will be hoping Emmanuel Adebayor can pick up where he left off with his goal against Watford, and the Togolese man is 6/1 to open the scoring and 12/5 anytime.

Saido Berahino has forced himself back into the West Brom fold, and both he and Salomon Rondon are 6/1 to net first and 19/10 to bag at any point.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.