West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace Predictions
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- Each of West Brom’s last seven Premier League games have featured fewer than three goals.
- Four of Crystal Palace’s last six games have produced fewer than three goals.
- West Brom have failed to score in five of their last seven games, losing 1-0 in two of their last three.
Baggies struggling going forward
West Brom clinched their first Premier League win since their return to the top flight last weekend as an early goal helped them past the beleaguered Sheffield United at the Hawthorns, but they remain in deep trouble.
The Baggies sit 18th in the table having collected just six points from their opening ten games, and while their early season efforts were plagued by defensive issues their recent outings have featured problems at the other end of the pitch.
Slaven Bilic has done well to minimise their defensive fragility, but in doing so the attacking intent has all but vanished from West Brom’s play. They have scored just two goals in their last seven Premier League matches, and more goals could be hard to come by on Sunday.
Zaha absence hits Crystal Palace hard
Crystal Palace aren’t exactly a free-scoring side here, so Sunday’s early kickoff is likely to be a dull affair from a neutral perspective.
The Eagles have shown a few glimpses of attacking quality this season but they have still averaged just 1.2 goals per game so far, and once again they are missing star man Wilfried Zaha.
The COVID-19 stricken attacker has missed Palace’s last two games and, without him, they have failed to find the net. Four of their last six games have featured fewer than three goals as well, so backing the unders is the way to go here.
We do think Palace have what it takes to clinch a narrow victory though. West Brom have failed to score in five of their last seven matches and have lost 1-o in two of their last three, so we’re opting for a 1-0 win for the visitors for our correct score prediction.
West Brom injuries and team news
Jake Livermore could return after testing negative for COVID-19, with Kieran Gibbs following suit and likely to replace the injured Conor Townsend at left back.
Sam Field is the only other absentee, while Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson are expected to partner in attack once more.
Crystal Palace injuries and team news
Wilfried Zaha remains on the sidelines after contracting COVID-19, but Luka Milivojevic returns from his suspension and could slot into the midfield.
Jordan Ayew will start up front, possibly alongside the out-of-favour Michy Batshuayi.