THE Saturday night game brings together West Brom and Crystal Palace. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) brings the bets.
West Brom v Crystal Palace | Saturday 17:30 | Sky Sports 1
When God made super sexy Saturday live football TV schedules this weekend’s version was definitely not in his plans. We’ve got West Ham v Sunderland at lunchtime followed by West Brom v Crystal Palace in the evening. Yeah, I’ll give it a miss cheers.
I backed West Ham on the Double Chance two weeks ago against Everton and they delivered for me with a 1-0 win. In truth, I got away with it.
Everton pummelled them that day and West Brom were clinging on for dear life. Even Baggies manager Tony Pulis was shocked at how they managed to win that game.
Since then they’ve been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Reading and it’s fair to say positivity is in short supply at the club with the club down in 14th place and just one league win in six to their name.
With an eight point cushion to the relegation zone it’s unlikely they’ll become embroiled in that but there’s definitely a sense of stilted progress at the club.
The Baggies have scored just 24 goals in the league this season too with only Aston Villa racking up fewer. Yeah, there’s just not much positivity kicking about.
It’s been a poor 2016 for Crystal Palace too. Sitting pretty in the Top 6 at Christmas Day they’ve fallen off a cliff since then with no league win in nine since the turkey and stuffing was served.
Contrastingly in the FA Cup they’re thriving. Last weekend they knocked out Spurs to reach the last eight of the competition and with Reading in the next round have a huge chance of progressing to Wembley.
Their Premier League form is a worry though and when you consider they’ve faced Aston Villa, Bournemouth (twice), Swansea (twice) and Watford during this run then no excuses can be made.
Overall though I think they’re a better side than West Brom and are in a much better place than their counterparts. Things will turn for the Eagles in the league and I’m hoping it’s here.
Knocking out sensational Spurs last week must have given the club heart and fight and up against a West Brom side devoid of any panache they can take advantage.
I’ll back Crystal Palace draw no bet here at 19/20. I’m hoping this is the game their league form turns the corner and they start moving up the table again.
West Brom v Crystal Palace – Crystal Palace Draw No Bet (19/20 Netbet)
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