West Brom v Crystal Palace: Score draw for struggling sides

Can Tony Pulis get one over his old club when West Brom take on Crystal Palace?
Can Tony Pulis get one over his old club when West Brom take on Crystal Palace?
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Both West Brom and Crystal Palace have suffered poor form of late and Dan Fitch thinks that they'll reach the perfect compromise with a draw.

"The visitors have broken 2.5 goals in five of their last seven games, finding the net in each of their previous four appearances."

Back both teams to score at 2.1211/10

West Brom v Crystal Palace
Saturday, 17:30
Live On Sky Sports 1


West Brom

The Baggies have now been in the Premier League since 2010 but after a couple of successful seasons under Roy Hodgson and the Steve Clarke, they've been drawn into successive relegation battles.

Tony Pulis saved their bacon last season and may have to repeat the trick, after a run of one win out of six has seen them dragged towards the relegation zone.

That win came in their last outing away at Everton, but any confidence from that victory might have been drained by a shock FA Cup defeat at Championship outfit Reading at the weekend. West Brom are currently eight points clear of the drop zone and need to put together a run of form if that gap is not to reduce.

Pulis goes into this game without Jonny Evans, Callum McManaman and James Morrison, while Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley are doubts.


Crystal Palace

Like their opponents, Palace are in the middle of a poor run of form. Yet in contrast, their FA Cup result over the weekend could act as a turning point.

Against the odds Alan Pardew's side pulled off a 1-0 win away at in-form Tottenham and now face West Brom's conquerers Reading in a very winnable quarter-final clash.

Of course, the danger of a cup run is that it distracts the players from the league and that is something that Palace can ill-afford. They also are only eight points from the relegation zone, after a disastrous period of nine games without a league win.

Pardew has gone from dreaming of Champions League qualification to the nitty gritty of Premier League survival. He'll be without the services of the injured James McArthur and Jason Puncheon for the trip to West Brom.


Match Odds

It's a very even market with West Brom the slight favourites at 2.89/5, Crystal Palace at 2.9215/8 and the draw at 3.259/4.

With wins tough to come by for both sides, the draw looks like the obvious compromise and would represent a decent result all round. For a slightly less risky bet, the half-time draw is priced at 2.0421/20.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals

West Brom and Palace are largely struggling to record wins due to their lack of attacking potency. It's no surprise then to find under 2.5 goals at 1.68/13, with overs at 2.588/5.

Yet the visitors have broken 2.5 goals in five of their last seven games, finding the net in each of their previous four appearances. Both teams to score therefore seems slightly overpriced at 2.1211/10.


To Score

Neither side have had the luxury of a reliable goalscorer this season, but Palace will hope that Emmanuel Adebayor can become one for them.

The Premier League veteran scored his first goal for the club in the recent defeat to Watford and is priced at 3.412/5 to add to the tally.


Recommended Bets
Back the draw at 3.259/4
Back both teams to score at 2.1211/10

Dan Fitch 2015/16 Season P/L

Staked: 77 pts
Returned: 91.66 pts
P/L: 14.66 pts

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