Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion Predictions
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- Under 2.5 goals have been scored eight of Crystal Palace’s last ten home league games.
- Under 2.5 goals have been notched in each of WBA’s last six league assignments.
- Crystal Palace have failed to score in each of their last three home games.
- West Brom have failed to register in three of their last four league fixtures.
Goals dry up for Palace
Crystal Palace have looked despairingly low on cutting edge since January, and the Eagles’ lack of zip in the final third could produce another drab contest when shot-shy West Brom visit Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson’s charges were beaten 4-1 at Spurs in their last assignment, and it’s worth noting that Christian Benteke’s consolation effort was only Palace’s third goal in six league fixtures.
At Selhurst Park, the Eagles have gone 270 minutes without finding the net, while under 2.5 goals have been produced in eight of their last ten Premier League matches there overall.
Albion’s lack of punch
West Brom meanwhile, claimed their third draw in five league contests with a dreary 0-0 stalemate against Newcastle United last week, though that was the fourth time in six matches where the Baggies failed to score.
In total, Albion have notched just three goals in their last seven league fixtures combined, though the team’s more robust defending under Sam Allardyce did at least allow them to avoid defeat in four of the same games.
Little action expected at Selhurst Park
With just five goals between them in their last 12 Premier League assignments combined, Crystal Palace and West Brom have been among the division’s least threatening teams since January, and punters are advised to take advantage of the problems the teams share in the final third.
Under 2.5 goals backers have been rewarded in eight of the Eagles’ last ten league games at Selhurst Park, while each of WBA’s last six matches produced two or fewer goals.
Those numbers suggest that viewers shouldn’t expect to be on the edge of their seats on Saturday, and sticking with the under 2.5 goals market is favoured as a result.
Each of Palace’s last two home tests against Man Utd and Fulham respectively finished 0-0, and the same result is forecast for our correct score prediction this week. West Brom recorded two 0-0 draws in their last four league fixtures, and the Baggies can gather another point in London.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Crystal Palace still have a lengthy injury list to contend with and Mamadou Sakho, James McCarthy, James Tomkins, James McArthur, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and Tyrick Mitchell will all miss out this weekend.
Wilfried Zaha should make a welcome return to the starting XI however.
West Bromwich Albion injuries and team news
Kieran Gibbs is WBA’s only injury worry, and Sam Allardyce could keep faith with the same team that held Newcastle last time out.