West Brom vs Crystal Palace Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
West Brom vs Crystal Palace | Saturday 25 October, 2014 | The Hawthorns | Kick off 15.00
West Brom did well to hold Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on Monday and will be approaching Saturday’s fixture against Crystal Palace in high spirits.
The Baggies’ boss Alan Irvine has challenged his side to continue the high quality of football they displayed last weekend when Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino scored two fantastic goals. It looked as though West Brom had taken all three points on offer only for Daley Blind to score a late equaliser for United.
“We need to have the same level of intensity,” Irvine said in an interview with the club’s website. “This is a big test as well. It’s a different test but it’s a big test.
“Crystal Palace are extremely well organised. They have a very good shape about them when they don’t have possession of the ball. They make it hard for you, they set traps for you and they counter-attack very, very quickly.
“If we don’t use the ball well, if we don’t give them problems and ask them the kind of questions that Manchester United asked us, then we’ll find this a very tough afternoon.
“We’re going in the right direction. We still need to improve, there’s no doubt about that, but we said to the players afterwards that with the way that they go about their jobs and the way they try to do the things we’ve been working on, I feel we can improve.”
Irvine’s only injury concerns are winger Silvestre Varela (groin) and keeper Ben Foster who is likely to be replaced by Boaz Myhill.
Crystal Palace will be most worried about West Brom’s star striker Berahino, who has scored six of the baggies 10 goals this season.
Palace currently sit two places behind Albion in the table but with only one point separating the two sides a win at the Hawthorns could give the side a much needed boost.
Manager Neil Warnock will be shuffling his defensive line-up after Damien Delaney was given a red card against Chelsea and will miss the game to serve a one match ban.
Scott Dann will remain out following a knee injury but Martin Kelly or Adrian Mariappa could take the centre-half spot alongside Brede Hangeland.
Palace haven’t won a league game at the Hawthorns in over forty years, although they claimed a 2-0 FA Cup victory there earlier this year.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips
If you’re betting on the game then a 2-1 West Brom victory is priced at 7/1 at Ladbrokes. Betway has good odds on the first goalscorer being Saido Beragino priced at 4/1.