- West Brom vs Crystal Palace

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Saturday 25 October 2014 | The Hawthorns | Kick-off 15:00

West Brom
West Brom
0 - 0
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
 
 

Match preview

Alan Irvine has challenged his West Bromwich Albion side to maintain the intensity from Monday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United when they face Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino appeared to have secured all three points for West Brom only for a late equaliser from Daley Blind to make sure the spoils from an enthralling match were shared.

It was an impressive performance from the Baggies and Irvine has urged side not to let their level slip on Saturday as they target three points against Palace this weekend

West Brom head coach Irvine told wbafc.co.uk: "We need to [have the same intensity]. This is a big test as well. It's a different test but it's a big test.

"Crystal Palace are extremely well organised. They have a very good shape about them when they don't have possession of the ball. They make it hard for you, they set traps for you and they counter-attack very, very quickly.

"If we don't use the ball well, if we don't give them problems and ask them the kind of questions that Manchester United asked us, then we'll find this a very tough afternoon.

"It's important that we all try and generate that same atmosphere, that same intensity, the same tempo. If we do that we've got a chance of getting a better result."

Palace come in to the match off a 2-1 home defeat to league leaders Chelsea last Saturday, leaving the Eagles on eight points from as many matches.

Palace have not won in the top flight at The Hawthorns since 1973, although the London club did claim a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup back in January.

The visitors' defender Scott Dann (knee) and midfielder James McArthur (hip) remain on the sidelines along with Stuart O'Keefe (ankle) and suspended Damien Delaney, who was sent off against Chelsea.

News on the injury front is better for West Brom, whose goalkeeper Ben Foster has returned to training after missing the draw with Man Utd with a calf issue.

Winger Silvestre Varela is not yet fit to return from a groin strain, defender Jonas Olsson is still unavailable with an Achilles problem, and midfielder Claudio Yacob is out due to personal reasons.

West Brom (from): Foster, Myhill, Baird, Davidson, Dawson, Gamboa, Lescott, McAuley, O’Neil, Pocognoli, Wisdom, Blanco, Brunt, Dorrans, Gardner, Morrison, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Roofe, Anichebe, Berahino, Ideye, Nabi, Samaras.

Crystal Palace (from): Hennessey, Kettings, Speroni, Fryers, Hangeland, Kelly, Mariappa, Ward, Bannan, Bolasie, Guedioura, Jedinak, Ledley, Puncheon, Thomas, Campbell, Chamakh, Doyle, Gayle, Johnson, Zaha.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg Assistants: S Beck, S Burt Fourth Official: C Foy

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

2 - 2 v Man Utd (H) 20 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 04 Oct 2014

won

4 - 0 v Burnley (H) 28 Sep 2014

won

0 - 1 v Spurs (A) 21 Sep 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Everton (H) 13 Sep 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Swansea (A) 30 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

4 - 0 v Burnley (H) 28 Sep 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 04 Oct 2014

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 2 v Chelsea (H) 18 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Hull (A) 04 Oct 2014

won

2 - 0 v Leicester (H) 27 Sep 2014

won

2 - 3 v Everton (A) 21 Sep 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Burnley (H) 13 Sep 2014

drawn

3 - 3 v Newcastle (A) 30 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

2 - 0 v Leicester (H) 27 Sep 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Chelsea (H) 18 Oct 2014

Last corresponding meeting

West Brom Crystal Palace

Sat 02 Nov 2013 | The Hawthorns | Attendance: 26,397

West Brom 2 - 0 Crystal Palace
  • Saido Berahino (44)
  • Gareth McAuley (83)
  Possession
West Brom 49%
Crystal Palace 51%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
West Brom 4 3
Crystal Palace 4 5
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
West Brom 11 0 0
Crystal Palace 9 1 0
Total 20 1 0
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