Crystal Palace-West Brom Preview

The Associated Press

West Bromwich Albion will be looking to bounce back from an emphatic 4-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend when they take on managerless Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Baggies travelled to Anfield on the back of a five-match unbeaten streak but ended up well beaten by an impressive Liverpool side, for whom Luis Suarez scored a superb hat-trick and fellow striker Daniel Sturridge scored a brilliant fourth with a sublime 20-yard chip.

James Morrison's second-half converted penalty proved to be just a consolation goal for West Brom.

Kevin Keen, joint-assistant head coach at The Hawthorns, believes his side will respond positively to the heavy loss on Merseyside.

"Since we've been at the club, one of the most impressive things about the players is that they can deal with pretty much any defeat," Keen told his club's official website. "We had a little run last year when we lost a last-minute goal to Manchester City and a rubbish last-minute goal at Newcastle, but the players came back in and were straight on it.

"I don't think losing at Anfield will be too big a dent in their confidence. We were on a good run but this is the Premier League and there are tough games every week, so that's going to happen."

West Brom (2-4-3) are 12th in the Premier League standings with ten points from nine matches, but their league form at home has been moderate this season, with just one win, two draws and one defeat.

Crystal Palace (1-0-8) lost their last six league matches and are bottom of the table with just three points from nine outings.

The Eagles are still searching for a replacement for Ian Holloway, who left his position as manager last week after less than a year in the job. Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis and current Wales national manager Chris Coleman have both been linked the vacancy at Selhurst Park.

Meanwhile, caretaker boss Keith Millen will prepare the Eagles team for Saturday's trip to the West Midlands.

The long-suffering Palace supporters did receive some good news this week when it was announced that defender Damien Delaney had signed a new two-year contract at Selhurst Park.

The 32-year-old Republic of International joined the Eagles in August 2012 on a free transfer after leaving former club Ipswich Town by mutual consent.

"It's really pleasing for me and something I've wanted to do," Delaney told the club's official website. "I was entering the last year of my contract here, so I've been talking to the club for quite a while. Obviously we've both had other things to worry about, but we managed to come to an agreement last week and I'm genuinely delighted.

"We had a lot of success last year and have had a difficult time this year, but I'm up for the challenge and it's something I want to be part of."

West Brom wingers Morgan Amalfitano (knee) and Scott Sinclair (hamstring) both face late tests ahead of Saturday's match, while Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has returned to training ahead of schedule after an ankle injury.

The Baggies failed to win any of their last six meetings with Palace dating back to the 2004/2005 season. They've drawn four and lost two matches in league play, with the last encounters coming in the Championship in 2009/2010.

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