West Bromwich Albion’s last three Premier League (PL) matches have all finished with a 1-0 scoreline (W1, L2), and each of their last seven league games have featured under 2.5 goals. Second-half improvement is a must if the ‘Baggies’ are to avoid a relegation battle, as they currently lament the league’s worst goal difference after half-time (-10).
The hosts are yet to concede a league goal before the 55th minute at home this term (W1, D2, L2). Nevertheless, it is concerning that in the last three home PL games in which they conceded, their defence was breached after the 80th minute – costing them three points in total.
Crystal Palace have witnessed more goalless first halves than any other PL team since the start of the 2018/19 season (34). However, they’ve struggled to build upon solid starts, conceding in each of their last nine league outings (W3, D1, L5). Furthermore, they’ve conceded seven (77.78%) out of nine second-half PL goals this term after the 75th minute.
The visitors have kept clean sheets in each of their last three competitive trips to The Hawthorns (W2, D1). Four (80%) of the five goals they scored therein came after the 50th minute, and Palace boss Roy Hodgson has only lost once against his former employers (W4, D1). All six of those games saw one or both sides fail to score.
West Brom 1-2 Crystal Palace