West Brom v Crystal Palace - Premier League preview and team news
Saturday 02 November 2013
With Ian Holloway’s tenure coming to an end already relegation threatened Crystal Palace travel to West Brom managerless, short on confidence and desperately in need of three points.
Taking a look at the form book some may not be surprised by Palace so far this season. They dragged themselves to promotion last season winning just one of their last ten Championship games, and have only managed three points from a possible 27 so far. Some have pinpointed their transfer dealing as the basis for a poor start to the season too. They chose to add numbers to their ranks, but it is hard to see any real quality or top flight experience throughout their whole squad. Whoever comes in to replace Holloway has an enormous task on their hands if the London side are to have any chance of Premier League survival.
West Brom were convincingly beaten last weekend by Liverpool but there are encouraging signs for West Brom again this season - this was only their third league defeat so far. Many worried for what this year maight hold for the Baggies post Romelu Lukaku but Steve Clark has worked the transfer market well and added some real quality to his squad. Sessegnon and Amalfitano have been star performers of late, while Victor Anichebe has proven himself to be a decent bit of business for Clark. The emergence of Saido Berahino will also excite the West Brom faithful.
Wingers Scott Sinclair and Morgan Amalfitano have fitness doubts over them for Saturday’s game. Amalfitano was substituted with a knee injury last weekend while Sinclair has missed the last three matches with a hamstring injury.
Jonny Parr could well make his first appearance for Palace after overcoming a troublesome ankle ligament problem picked up back in April. Damien Delaney is also suffering from an ankle problem but is expected to be available.
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