Tony Pulis takes his West Bromwich Albion side to former club Crystal Palace with the aim of returning to form after a run of three consecutive defeats.
The Eagles are in even better shape now than when Pulis left abruptly just days before the start of this season, playing plenty of sublime attacking football under Alan Pardew. Struggling Sunderland felt the full force of that, succumbing to a four-goal blitz in a devastating 13-minute spell.
Yannick Bolasie responded to critics of his goalscoring record by netting a hat-trick, and he will provide Palace’s biggest threat here, relishing the prospect of coming up against Craig Dawson, who is not a natural right-back. Meanwhile, the return of Mile Jedinak has restored even more quality to the midfield.
Home losses to two of the bottom three have led to some anxiety at West Brom, who are definitely still in need of some points to guarantee safety and have a tough run-in. Against the pace of Palace in wide areas and the strength of forward Glenn Murray, Pulis will be keen to ensure that his team maintain their defensive shape.
Standards have been allowed to slip of late, with lowly duo Queens Park Rangers and Leciester City taking full advantage. The Foxes in particular seized on a series of errors to earn a dramatic victory, and with Palace in such fine form, such mistakes cannot be repeated at Selhurst Park.
James McArthur and Pape Souare should feature for Crystal Palace after recovering from illness and injury respectively. Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell could also be in with a chance of featuring, but Marouane Chamakh is still out.
Youssouf Mulumbu is still suspended for West Brom, who are still without goalkeeper Ben Foster and have doubts over striker Brown Ideye.
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