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STAT PACK: Palace clash under the spotlight

3 March 2017

Key facts and figures ahead of Eagles visit


HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Baggies have lost just one of their last five matches against Crystal Palace, winning three and drawing the other.

There’s been just one draw between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace in the last eight meetings.

Crystal Palace (16) have lost twice as many matches in the Premier League this season as Albion (8).

Albion will be looking to secure a league double over Palace following the 1-0 win at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season. Neither side has recorded a league double in this fixture since the 2001/02 season, when Albion won 1-0 away and 2-0 at home – the game which ensured a first promotion to the Premier League.

The first competitive meeting between the two teams came back in the old Division One in 1969. Albion ran out 3-1 winners at Selhurst Park.

Craig Dawson celebrates his goal during the 3-2 win over Palace at The Hawthorns in 2016


ALBION

The Baggies are enjoying their best top flight run at home in 36 years. Tony Pulis’ side have won seven of their last eight Premier League games at The Hawthorns, taking 21 points and scoring 18 goals.

Albion have lost just one of their last eight games in the Premier League and are also unbeaten in five.

Gareth McAuley is the Premier League’s highest scoring defender. The Northern Ireland international’s strike against AFC Bournemouth at The Hawthorns last Saturday was his sixth in the competition, and seventh overall in 2016/17.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year award in 2013/14 while at Crystal Palace. Pulis took over at Selhurst Park with the Eagles bottom of the table, however, the Welshman engineered a revival that included a five-game winning streak and an 11th-place finish.

Pulis’ side have scored 12 goals from corners in the Premier League this season. That’s more than any other team.

The Baggies always look dangerous from set-pieces


CRYSTAL PALACE

The Eagles have gone eight consecutive matches without a draw.

Palace have 22 Premier League points, 12 of which have been won away from home.

Saturday’s visitors will be looking to record successive wins for the first time since September.

Victory over Albion could see Palace jump out of the relegation zone and into 15th in the Premier League.

The Eagles have conceded eight goals from outside the penalty area in the Premier League this season – the highest number in the division.



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