Premier League Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace

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  • Palace winless in nine PL matches (D3, L6)
  • Both sides are tied on points (32)
  • Bolasie expected to start for Palace

In search of their first Premier League win since before Christmas, Crystal Palace travels to The Hawthorns on Saturday to take on West Bromwich Albion (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

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Crystal Palace has struggled mightily as of late, winless in nine Premier League matches and down to 13th on the table. However, the Eagles are coming off of a hard-fought victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup, which could give Alan Pardew‘s men a boost heading into the weekend.

Another boost for Palace is the return of Yannick Bolasie from injury. Bolasie came off the bench against Spurs and is expected to start against the Baggies, which would be his first time back in the starting XI since December.

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West Brom is tied with Palace on 32 points, but the club’s lack of goalscoring has been a huge problem throughout the season. The Baggies have scored just three goals in their last five Premier League matches, and their total of 24 on the season is the second-lowest tally in the league, above only Aston Villa. Now that Saido Berahino has apologized for his off-the-field actions, he must get back to scoring on the pitch to help West Brom challenge for a top-ten finish.

What they’re saying

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: “You have to accept that if you’re not putting in performances the supporters want and what they expect then they’re going to let you know. They pay good money for it and I think as a manager, as players, as people involved in it, that’s acceptable. To take criticism, you have to accept that.”

Palace manager Alan Pardew: “They have good players and will make it difficult. It’s always hard to get a result at The Hawthorns. Tony [Pulis] knows our players well and will know some of the characteristics of our team, which will perhaps give him a slight advantage.”

Prediction

This Saturday may be the day Crystal Palace turns things around. Having Yannick Bolasie available is key to the Eagles’ success, and he could find his name on the scoresheet this weekend. West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Crystal Palace.