West Bromwich Albion go in search of a second consecutive Premier League win when they host Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Slaven Bilic’s Baggies secured a crucial first three points of the season when they beat hapless Sheffield United last week 1-0 at Bramall Lane, although they remain in the Premier League relegation zone.

Victory for fellow strugglers Fulham over Leicester City on Monday night means Albion lie 18th in the standings, 2 points from safety.

Crystal Palace meanwhile can’t claim to be as buoyant heading in to this one, having lost their last two top flight outings against Newcastle United and Burnley respectively.

Although those two defeats leave the Eagles languishing in 15th, they are still a comfortable 7 points above the bottom three.

Palace gaffer Roy Hodgson will have had 9 days to stew on the defeat to Newcastle by the time the match with West Brom rolls around, a gap between games rarely afforded to Premier League sides in this unusually congested season.

That 9 day period also means Wilfried Zaha is likely to be involved in the Crystal Palace matchday squad again after a two-week period of self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test.

Plenty of the narrative surrounding Palace revolves around Zaha, but it is fair to say the Croydon club have lacked a cutting edge in his absence.

Club captain Luka Milivojevic is also an option for Hodgson in midfield as he returns from a three-match ban.

Much like Zaha, West Brom will have Jake Livermore available after completing his period of quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19. Defender Kieran Gibbs, who also returned a positive result for the virus, is also in contention after completing his self-isolation too.

Slaven Bilic will only have Sam Field absent for definite against Palace, but Conor Townsend is doubtful to feature with a knock.

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace is the 12PM kick off on Sunday the 6th of December.

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