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C. Benteke
N. Clyne
1 - 5
68'
W. Zaha
E. Eze
1 - 4
59'
C. Benteke
P. van Aanholt
1 - 3
55'
W. Zaha
J. McArthur
1 - 2
30'
C. Gallagher
D. Furlong
1 - 1

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Possession
50% 49%
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 7
Total Passes 495 495
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Commentary

Newcastle, then, are next for West Brom and the Baggies know that it will be a game they must take points from. Palace meanwhile head home to host in-form Tottenham - but until then, thank you for joining us and have a good week!
More importantly, Palace are 10 points clear of the relegation zone as it stands. Even at this early juncture, the impact of that gap cannot be understated.
Matheus Pereira's red card turned this game, undoubtedly, but Roy Hodgson knew exactly where to exploit the gaps that came as a result. A superb day for the ex-Baggies boss upon his return. A tough one for Slaven Bilic, left glancing at the relegation zone again.
Braces for Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke take Crystal Palace to their biggest away win in top-flight football at the Hawthorns, as the Eagles run riot over 10-man West Brom. The hosts struggled to negate the advantage after the break - and they were made to pay dearly. Full-time, it finishes West Brom 1-5 Crystal Palace.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: WEST BROM 1-5 CRYSTAL PALACE
90' + 2' Palace have drifted a little in these late stages, as the rain comes down, and Furlong sees a half-chance need tipping away for a corner, which Bartley heads wide of the mark.
90' There's going to be three added minutes here.
L. Milivojević
Yellow Card
88' Recently back from a ban and Milivojevic picks up a yellow card now for a particularly stupid challenge near the centre circle. Game management lacking a bit there.
86' Will it be a half-dozen now? West Brom have had eight attempts in this game today - and Palace have had 18. The visitors have run away with it.
84' That is the first time in Palace's history they have scored five goals away from home in the top division, let alone the Premier League era. They may have a man advantage but even so.
N. Clyne
Assist
82' Clyne is the man with the run and the ball, and though Batshuayi is close to it, it is Benteke who turns it around to fire a lovely ball past Johnstone from the middle of the box. Superb.
C. Benteke
Goal
82' GOAL! CHRISTIAN BENTEKE HAS A BRACE TOO! FIVE ON THE ROAD FOR CRYSTAL PALACE! 5-1! This has been a second-half rout and a half. What a result for Roy Hodgson; what a tough one for Slaven Bilic.
M. Batshuayi
W. Zaha
81' There will be no hat-trick for Zaha in the end here too as Michy Batshuayi replaces him for Palace's final change.
D. O'Shea
R. Sawyers
80' West Brom make their last swap of the game as Sawyers makes way for Dara O'Shea now.
78' Save a dramatic reversal of fortunes here - and this is the division that saw West Ham snatch three goals in the dying minutes against Spurs earlier this year - West Brom are staying in the bottom three. They have a fight to avoid the drop this year for definite now.
76' Zaha has never notched a hat-trick for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Could he write some history here in the final quarter-hour?
J. Ayew
J. Schlupp
74' Palace make another swap here as Schlupp is replaced by Jordan Ayew.
J. Riedewald
J. McArthur
73' The Eagles bring on Jairo Riedewald to replace McArthur now.
72' To be inside the head of Matheus Pereira right now. In another year, that kick-out would have gone unnoticed, or perhaps been a yellow card at best. But VAR isn't the villain; he shouldn't have done it in the first place.
70' Three goals to the good now and the visitors look like they are about to make their first changes of the game. With the visit of high-flying Tottenham next week, now is the time to preserve legs.
E. Eze
Assist
68' Eze - part of a superb Palace engine room in this second half - tried to squeeze his own finish there, but had support when the defence looked to have taken it away from him.
W. Zaha
Goal
68' GOAL! WILFRIED ZAHA HAS A BRACE! 4-1! The frustrations of recent weeks are being exercised in cathartic fashion by the Eagles. Eze executes a neat one-two, cuts into the box and his loose touch falls to his striker who finishes off the outside of his boot.
66' A deep-lying Baggies free-kick falls kindly for the visitors and they counter out wide once again. West Brom aren't flagging as much as some might have suspected yet.
64' Christian Benteke will be delighted to be on the board though. He's struggled to find the net this term and will be happy to have one under his belt today, in what has been a good showing.
C. Robinson
K. Ahearne-Grant
62' In an attempt to stem the tide, West Brom make their second change with Grant replaced by Callum Robinson.
60' That red card has proven so costly for West Brom today. As the rain intensifies, Roy Hodgson wanders his box like a particularly avuncular tiger. He can smell further blood here.
P. van Aanholt
Assist
59' Van Aanholt never game on a ball that looked to have the legs to run out of play there. West Brom didn't switch off, exactly, but they'll be frustrated with that one.
C. Benteke
Goal
59' GOAL! CHRISTIAN BENTEKE GETS ON THE SCORESHEET! 3-1! It's Van Aanholt who hounds after a ball down the left flank, and nudges it back for the big striker who dinks a low header past the dumbstruck Johnstone. Crystal Palace are in full flow.
C. Gallagher
Yellow Card
58' A Baggies corner is cleared by Eze and Gallagher is booked for attempting to drag him back. Sloppy by the West Brom man.
57' This is a long way back for West Brom now. Slaven Bilic knows his side are only a goal down, but with a man disadvantage too, his side will have to get creative.
J. McArthur
Assist
55' The pressure tells, after 76 per cent of possession this half, and Palace are in the lead again. McArthur did well to find Zaha in the scrum of that penalty area.
W. Zaha
Goal
55' GOAL! WILFRIED ZAHA FOR CRYSTAL PALACE! 2-1! On his 200th Premier League start, the returning striker batters a beauty past Johnstone after the ball falls to him in a crowded box on the left edge. A beauty to put the visitors back in front.
55' This has been end-to-end stuff these last few minutes. A new Palace corner is clipped far to Cahill, and he nods it back for Benteke, whose effort is cleared with a desperate lunging leg in the box by a Baggies man.
54' Van Aanholt! A fine strike from the Palace man forces Johnstone into a leaping save to tip it away. Down the other end, Gallagher is bowled over in his own box by McArthur but no penalty is forthcoming.
52' The weather has turned with a fine winter drizzle in the midst of the Hawthorns now. Zaha sees a shot deflected behind goal for a corner and West Brom muscle the danger away from there.
50' Palace pick their hosts' pockets in midfield and Benteke is away, tearing down the left edge. He blasts a cross-cum-shot in and skims it past the goalmouth, on a hiding to nothing.
J. McArthur
Yellow Card
49' McArthur gets booked for a clumsy challenge now as the Baggies threaten to break from inside their own half.
48' On paper, Palace should find a winner here. But the Baggies did very well at restricting their chances across the last 10 minutes of that half. They will refuse to capitulate here.
F. Krovinović
G. Diangana
46' That man-down issue for the Baggies means they've made a change at the break, as Filip Krovinovic replaces Diangana.
46' We're back underway for the second half. Can West Brom push on for a much needed winner despite their disadvantage? Or will Crystal Palace get back to winning ways?
Roy Hodgson will be a disappointed man if his side don't find a winner here. It has been sturdy work from the Baggies so far, to keep this match on equal footing. Slaven Bilic will hope they can continue that after the break.
A Darnell Furlong own goal and a Conor Gallagher strike means it's level pegging at the break at the Hawthorns - but the true story is Matheus Pereira's VAR-assisted red card for the hosts. This sits in the balance; at half-time, it's West Brom 1-1 Crystal Palace.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: WEST BROM 1-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
45' There will be two added minutes before the break here.
44' This corner is comfortably cleared and Palace race downfield with it, closing their counter with an Eze effort whipped past the wrong side of the left post.
42' The Baggies win a corner and though Eze heads it away, a return cross causes a scramble as Guaita crashes into a West Brom man and Grant pings a shot off Benteke for another set-piece.
40' If West Brom get into the sheds at the break without conceding a second here, they'll take it as a plus. They face a huge task to play out the best part of an hour a man down.
38' Back-to-back corners come Palace's way now, after Eze feeds Zaha in the scrum of the first set-piece. The second pings around the box and Cahill sees his shot deflected.
37' That is a huge loss for West Brom, losing arguably their best playmaker - and not just for the rest of this game. He'll be banned for Newcastle, Manchester City and Aston Villa now too.
35' After all that, the free-kick for the foul on Pereira stands and Palace defuse the set-piece by putting it away for a throw-in. Slaven Bilic looks harried on the sidelines.
Matheus Pereira
Red Card
34' He has! Referee Paul Tierney goes over to have a look at the monitor at Michael Oliver's recommendation and returns to send Pereira off! West Brom are down to 10 men!
32' Hello, are we set for a red card here? Pereira goes to ground in a challenge and wins the free-kick, but VAR wants to have a look to see if he kicked out aggressively at Van Aanholt.
D. Furlong
Assist
30' The Baggies have pressed and pressed since that opener, and they have rattled Palace here with a smart finish. Furlong has atoned superbly there.
C. Gallagher
Goal
30' GOAL! CONOR GALLAGHER PULLS IT BACK FOR WEST BROM! 1-1! Ajayi slips an arrow-straight ball to Furlong down the right wing, and the defender floats it back for the midfielder to drill home past Guaita in the right corner.
29' Phillips catches Zaha's leg and the visitors are going to have a free-kick over 30 yards out in the central channel. The delivery finds Benteke in the box who heads straight to Johnstone.
27' It's a crisp, cold December day out there. After a week marked by downpours across much of Great Britain, these conditions bring a pacier change to games across the nation today.
25' Phillips! The West Brom man may be trying to pick out Diangana in the box rather than shoot himself. His effort still goes close enough to force Guaita into a save though.
23' Bartley goes down in the Palace box as a speculative free-kick is tipped in, but there will be no action as the Baggies man had drifted offside ahead of the delivery.
21' Chances at both ends so far, with three shots for West Brom and two for Palace, while the former have controlled 56 per cent of the ball so far.
19' Furlong! The defender almost makes amends for that own goal as he heads a delivery from Phillips off the crossbar. Guaita snatches the follow-up to snuff out the danger.
R. Sawyers
Yellow Card
17' Sawyers catches Schlupp late as the Palace man threatens a break, and is handed a yellow card - the first of the match. It's arguably a tough call, with no malice in it.
16' Zaha! Milivojevic picks a pocket in midfield, and finds Benteke. He lobs the ball wide to his striker on the left and he skies a shot over the crossbar with a fly-kick finish.
14' Better from the hosts now, and a neat break down the left wing allows Diangana to cut a ball back in for Pereira, whose half-volley goes straight to Guaita.
12' That's a rough break for the Baggies though, turning it into their own net at such an early juncture. They press now, but create no clear chance around the visitors' 18-yard area.
10' This game always had the sense that whoever got their noses in front first would be crucial. Palace have lost each match they've initially trailed in away from home this year.
D. Furlong
Own Goal
8' GOAL! CRYSTAL PALACE HIT THE FRONT! It's a Darnell Furlong own goal, as Palace play it short, deflected by the first man. Zaha squares it and the defender puts the ball in at his own right post.
7' Bartley gives away a cheap free-kick with a shove on Schlupp and Palace will have a free-kick over 40 yards out on the right edge.
5' Palace finish last season so poorly, of course, and they'll have been hoping to re-instill confidence this term. Zaha is utterly crucial to that belief on the field.
3' A little bit of nip-and-tuck on Zaha from Ajayi riles up the Eagles striker and he promptly carves into the box to unload an early shot. It's close but just off the mark.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between West Brom and Crystal Palace!
The teams are out at the Hawthorns and we're moments away from kick-off.
Palace have lost seven of their most recent nine away league matches, failing to score in each defeat.
Subs: Jack Butland, Joel Ward, Jordan Ayew, Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho, Michy Batshuayi, Jairo Riedewald.
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Vicente Guaita; Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt; Jeffrey Schlupp, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur, Eberechi Eze; Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha.
Subs: Kieran Gibbs, Callum Robinson, Kamil Grosicki, Charlie Austin, Filip Krovinovic, David Button, Dara O'Shea.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION (5-4-1): Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Branislav Ivanovic, Kyle Bartley, Matt Phillips; Matheus Pereira, Conor Gallagher, Romaine Sawyers, Grady Diangana; Karlan Grant.
With Conor Townsend out through a knee injury, Grady Diangana is one of two new faces for the hosts. The visitors make three swaps, with Wilfred Zaha back following a Covid-19 layoff.
West Brom snapped their first win of the new term against bottom-placed Sheffield United last time out; Palace slipped against two late Newcastle goals. This could prove a tasty one.
But their visitors are themselves keen on the three points too. Roy Hodgson has seen his Eagles lose their last two; victory here would reaffirm their standing above the foot of the table.
It has been a less-than-auspicious start to life back in the top-flight for the Baggies - but victory would see them leapfrog Fulham out of the relegation zone. Slaven Bilic knows it's a big one.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season as beleaguered West Brom look to climb out of the bottom three against Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns.
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