Newly-appointed West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew will be looking to get one over his former club Crystal Palace as he takes charge of the Baggies for the first time on Saturday afternoon at the Hawthorns.

The Eagles sacked the 56-year-old a year ago with the club struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table and it was left to Sam Allardyce to ensure their safety.

West Brom appointed Pardew on Wednesday after Tony Pulis was shown the door on November 20 with the Baggies on a 10-game run without a win.

Gary Megson oversaw the Baggies draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, but the latter included throwing away a two-goal lead as the Magpies came back to rescue a point at The Hawthorns.

West Brom have not tasted victory in the Premier League since the 1-0 win over Burnley on August 19 and have only picked up six points since.

Meanwhile, Palace, managed by former West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, are still rooted to the foot of the table but have picked up four points from their last three games which includes the 2-1 win over Stoke City.

Pardew has key duo Kieran Gibbs and Matt Phillips both rated as doubtful for his first match in charge, according to BBC Sport.

The report suggests that Nacer Chadli and James Morrison are closing in on a potential West Brom return and could feature for the new Baggies boss.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and joint top-scorer Jay Rodriquez both missed out on the Newcastle game in midweek and both will be hoping they are restored to the starting XI.

Elsewhere, Oliver Burke, a £15million summer signing from Red Bull Leipzig, will be keen to impress the new West Brom boss after making just two substitute appearances under his predecessor.

The vast majority of the Baggies supporters were glad to see Pulis given his marching orders and the appointment of Pardew will be seen as a chance to progress.

While expansive football is something that West Brom fans crave, the result will surely be the most-important thing for the home side on Saturday.


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