Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion

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  • Baggies took four of six points last season
  • West Brom 21W-14D-15L all-time
  • Palace fell 2-0 in this fixture last seson

One of the few sides to beat Alan Pardew‘s Crystal Palace late last season looks to turn the same trick on Saturday at Selhurst Park (Watch live at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN).

West Bromwich Albion will welcome the chance of harnessing positive memories and momentum after coughing up a 2-0 lead to Everton on Monday. Tony Pulis‘ stingy reputation belies what his club did against the Toffees, and the loss ruined a three-match unbeaten run.

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Of course, Palace has been flying since “Pardiola” took over, but the King of the Eagles needed every bit of his squad to topple Watford last week, ending a two-match losing stretch.

Saido Berahino is finding fantastic form after his messy transfer experiment in August, and perhaps Pulis’ squad is moving in the right direction with the young English striker and record signing Salomon Rondon.

On the other hand, Yohan Cabaye continues to show why the Premier League is perfect for him. The Frenchman seems to make a sublime play each week.

What they’re saying

Palace captan Mile Jedinak on playing a wounded West Brom: “We know that they’ll be a solid unit who are hard to break down defensively, and they’ll be hurting after losing after leading by two goals at home against Everton on Monday.We’ll have to guard against that and make sure it’s us celebrating at the end of the game to keep our impressive start to the season going.”

Baggies’ Darren Fletcher on flipping the script: “We’ve got to look at ourselves, everyone, the whole team, and take responsibility for that defeat. Things are always said when you lose games and that’s important, you’ve got to realise these things can’t happen and it’s not acceptable. It shouldn’t happen and if you just let games like this pass by then people think it’s taken lightly and it’s not taken lightly.”

Prediction

Wouldn’t want to touch this one, even with the feisty Selhurst Park crowd supporting its boys in blue and red. We’ll call it a 1-1 draw.