Stadium: The Hawthorns
TV: Sky Sports
West Brom and Crystal Palace have been priced up at the same odds for victory this weekend despite Palace having looked a much better team at times.
The Eagles lost both games in the absence of Wilfried Zaha, who had to self-isolate, but had previously picked up 13 points from eight matches.
Albion have only managed one win so far and with Zaha expected to return at The Hawthorns, an away win looks the value pick at 17/10 for our first West Brom vs Crystal Palace prediction.
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West Brom finally achieved their first victory of the season last weekend and Slaven Bilic will be desperate for his team to maintain that momentum.
Conor Gallagher’s first-half strike proved enough to earn a 1-0 win against Sheffield United, although in truth the rock-bottom Blades created enough clear-cut chances to win the game comfortably.
Bilic said: “It’s great to win – it’s the first win, no matter how well we think we’re playing, we didn’t get anything from the last few games so this is a big boost.
“Then there’s always that cloud with the question mark – when are we going to get our first win?
“But we didn’t lie. We had a great work ethic on the training ground, a great atmosphere, but we weren’t getting the results or the rewards.
“We have now. It’s a big boost and we must take it into our coming games and move forward and build.”
Gallagher’s goal was only Albion’s seventh of the season and backing both teams to score has paid out in only three of their 10 matches.
That suggests going for ‘no’ in the same market is a value pick at 4/5 in the West Brom vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last West Brom line-up: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend, Ivanovic, Gallagher, Sawyers, Robinson, Pereira, Grant.
Defender Conor Townsend faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury while late decisions will be made on deputy Kieran Gibbs and midfielder Jake Livermore, who have returned to training after testing positive for coronavirus.
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Palace have often been criticised for being too reliant on Zaha and although Roy Hodgson has insisted that is not the case, even he had little argument following last week’s 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle.
That was the 29th game Zaha has missed since 2014 and 21 of those resulted in a loss.
“I would be frustrated if I was one of the other outfield players to have it told to me all the time that the only way we are ever going to win a game is if Wilf plays,” said the Palace boss.
“But unfortunately we can’t deny the fact it has been very often the case when we have played matches, and we can’t deny at all that we have missed him and his quality in the last two games.”
Palace enjoyed a 2-0 win when these teams last met in the Premier League in 2018 when, you guessed it, Zaha opened the scoring.
That has also been the result in three of the last six league meetings so against a team short of goals, Zaha to score first in another 2-0 win is a tempting option at 33/1 for our final West Brom vs Crystal Palace prediction.
Last Crystal Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Cahill, Kouyate, Townsend, Schlupp, McArthur, Eze, Ayew.
Palace are boosted by the return of Zaha but will be without Martin Kelly (calf), Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee) and Connor Wickham (thigh).
WEST BROM 1-0 Sheff Utd – Conor Gallagher
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-2 Newcastle
Head-to-head: West Brom 0-3 Palace, Palace 2-0 West Brom, West Brom 0-0 Palace, West Brom 0-2 Palace, Palace 0-1 West Brom
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