This is without a doubt a match which Tony Pulis would be delighted to win. The former Eagles manager was responsible – albeit indirectly – for the sacking of Alan Pardew from Selhurst Park in that the money which Crystal Palace won from Pulis in a court-case over bonus payments helped pay Pardew’s pay-off and assisted in bringing current boss Sam Allardyce to the south London club.
Allardyce was seen as a potential saviour at Selhurst Park although the ‘relegation-battle specialist’ has failed thus far to make a notable difference at Crystal Palace and the Eagles’ 1-0 win over Middlesbrough last weekend was a dour and scrappy affair which was no means the signal of a turnaround in fortunes.
The fact is that Crystal Palace are not safe from the drop by any means and securing a victory over a side which haven’t managed a single win since December doesn’t mean that they will escape relegation. On Saturday afternoon Allardyce’s men will face a West Bromwich Albion side which can attack AND defend, the visitors likely to prove far too strong in all areas for a poor Palace outfit. The Baggies have been impressive of late and they can grab themselves a sixth win in ten Premier League outings by beating Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.