Preview - Crystal Palace vs West Brom 13 May 2018

Started by Harry85, May 13, 2018, 07:34 AM

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Match Day 38
Crystal Palace vs West Brom
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: D W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.16
Average goals against per match: 1.49
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojevic (10)


West Brom:
Last five matches form: D W D W W
Average goals per match: 0.84
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón and Jay Rodriguez (7)

Quite where West Brom would be had Darren Moore taken over earlier in the campaign we can only speculate upon. It does however seem likely that they would at least be remaining in the Premier League next season. Sadly for Baggies fans that wont be the case, as despite their recent outstanding form, the damage had already been done and Southampton's win at Swansea in the week confirmed West Brom's relegation. They bid farewell to the Premier League for now with a trip to London to take on an in form Crystal Palace outfit.

At the beginning of this season, their looked to be a strong possibility that it would be Crystal Palace sinking to the Championship, with the Eagles being simply woeful in losing their first seven in the league. Roy Hodgson was brought in in an effort to steady the ship, and what a job he has done. Currentkly 11th, should they win here and Newcastle either lost to or draw with Chelsea, then Palace will finish in the top half of the table. Quite a turnaround in fortunes.

Scott Dann and Bakary Sako are confirmed as being out for Palace. James Morrison and Gareth Barry are injured for West Brom.

This would have been a significantly different fixture had West Brom managed to take their relegation battle into the final day of the season. They do however seem to be really playing for Moore, and we would be surprised should they roll over.

Palace are however finishing the season with a real flourish and are fancied to just edge this.



 Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 1 West Brom

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 -0
Shots:  11 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 59% - 41%

Five bookings here with referee Jon Moss taking the names of James Tomkin and James McArthur for Palace and Chris Brunt, Craig Dawson and Kieran Gibbs for West Brom.

With West Brom's unlikely bid for freedom having been ended in midweek, the Baggies must have been a little deflated headed into this game. Whilst they certainly didn't disgrace themselves, this would likely have been an entirely different encounter had Darren Moore's men still been scrapping for their lives.

West Brom did hold out for a long time here, despite mounting pressure at times, but finally fell behind in the 70th minute. Patrick van Aanholt being set free in the left-hand side of the area before cutting back to the racing in Wilfried Zaha to apply the finish from close range.

Eight minutes later van Aanholt grabbed a goal to go with his assist. Excellent interplay between Andros Townsend, Zaha and van Aanholt leaving the Dutchman to round the keeper and fire home. 2-0 final score.

Despite their recent resurgence West Brom do end up finishing bottom of the pile after all, but their fans may feel just a little but happier that their side did belatedly show a little fight late in the season. If they can keep Moore at the helm and maintain the spirit in the squad, they would look to have every chance of coming straight back up.

Crystal Palace's excellent finish to the season carried them up to eleventh position in the end, which given the fact they were rock bottom and pointless when Roy Hodgson took over is an excellent achievement. With a number of promising young players in the squad they should be looking forward to next season.




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