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Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion meet at Selhurst Park, in a game for the 38th round of the Premier League. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 02-12-2017, the two teams tied (0-0). The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. But the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 13-08-2016, for the Premier League, which ended with the victory of West Bromwich Albion by (0-1). S. Rondón (74 ‘) scored the only goal of the game. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 11th and 19th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 14th classified in home games and the 16th as a visitor.
After 10 wins, 11 draws and 16 losses, the home team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 41 points won. In the last match, they have won in an away match against Stoke City by (1-2), after in the previous match they have won (5-0) at home, against Leicester City. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, usually conquer as many points at home as outside. In his last games he scored 27 goals and suffered 27 at home, against 16 scored and 28 suffered as a visitor. In the last 10 home league matches Crystal Palace has a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 14 points out of 30 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for goals, since 12 of the last 18 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 37 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 21 times and only managed 4 comebacks.
The Crystal Palace continues to have a good time in this final stretch of the season and currently records five games in a row without tasting the taste of defeat. In the last match for the Premier League, the locals won to Stoke by 1-2. The group guided by Roy Hodgson exhibits several flaws in his style of play, especially in the defensive sector: suffered on average 1.5 goals per game. As it has been doing, the Crystal Palace must present itself with a more offensive strategy, exploring any space to apply the counterattacks. Luka Milivojevic is the best scorer of the Crystal Palace in this competition, with 10 goals scored. For this game the home coach does not have Puncheon, Dann, Wickham and Sako, all injured.
The away team is currently in the 19 th position of the league, with 31 points won, after 6 wins, 13 draws and 18 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Newcastle United, by (0-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Tottenham Hotspur, by (1-0). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. For the league, West Bromwich Albion won 8 points out of 30 possible points, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was 0-0 (8 out of 19 matches). The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since in 12 of the last 18 they played there were less than 3 goals. In 37 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 16 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 18 away matches for this competition: they have suffered 9 of their 25 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The West Bromwich left for this game with a home win against Tottenham, 1-0, adding the fifth consecutive game without losing in this competition. At this moment the visitors already know that they will not avoid the descent to the English second division. In this game away from home, coach Darren Moore must keep the team in 4-4-2, privileging the organization of his block and fast transitions: Matt Phillips is a very fast and strong player in the offensive transition. On the other hand, Salomón Rondón is one of the best scorers of West Bromwich, with 7 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Barry and Morrison, both injured.
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