West Brom have another chance to move closer to safety as they travel to London to face out-of-form Crystal Palace on Saturday
Crystal Palace hope to put another nail in West Brom’s coffin when the Baggies visit Selhurst Park on Saturday, and move further clear of the danger zone themselves.
As it stands, Palace are on the outskirts of the battle for survival, and a win against Sam Allardyce’s side would all but confirm they stay in the Premier League for another year, as well as ending their three-game wait for a victory.
West Brom come into this game in better form than the Eagles, having taken four points from their last three games, compared to Palace’s tally of just two, thanks to draws with Fulham and Manchester United.
Sam Allardyce will be hoping some of the more marginal calls start going his way as we head into the final ten games, having seen numerous infringements go against him in recent weeks, most notably against Everton and Newcastle recently.
He’ll go up against his former side without any injury worries to his first-team squad, with every member of the 25-man group available. Whoever plays will be tasked with creating more than they did against Newcastle last week, with the goalless draw going down as one of the biggest wastes of 90 minutes in modern history.
Roy Hodgson hasn’t had such good fortune though, and enters the game without seven first-team players. James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho, Tyrick Mitchell, Nathaniel Clyne, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins and James McCarthy are all missing with various injuries.
There’s better news on Wilfried Zaha though, as the winger made his return from injury against Spurs last week by making it through 45 minutes unscathed. He couldn’t do anything about the three second half goals Jose Mourinho’s side ran in however, and Palace will be keen to test themselves against an attack not quite as prolific this week.
If they can get a win, they’ll move onto 37 points and be all but safe for another season, while a win for West Brom will close the gap between themselves and Fulham to five points with nine games remaining.
Crystal Palace take on West Brom at Selhurst Park on Saturday, March 13th. Kick-off is at 3pm.