For Roy Hodgson’s team, the aim between now and the end of the season has to be to find more consistency and try to push closer towards the top half from their current 13th place, with a summer overhaul a real possibility at Selhurst Park with a host of players out of contract, as well as the manager.
West Brom have a more pressing and urgent need for improvement; still in 19th place, Sam Allardyce has been unable to stir them into a big push for safety and the Baggies are eight points from Brighton having played a game more.
One defeat in five is a slight positive, but not enough points are being clawed back and the chance to mount a dramatic late escape is becoming ever-more improbable, making this fixture a must-win game.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.
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The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, 13 March.
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Subscribers can stream the fixture via the Sky Go app.
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Palace’s injury list remains a lengthy one, with Roy Hodgson’s defensive options particularly thin right now. Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson and Tyrick Mitchell are all absent from the back line, while midfielders James McCarthy and James McArthur are likewise out.
Nathaniel Clyne could return, but maybe only to the bench.
Away side West Brom only have a concern over left-back Kieran Gibbs and are otherwise looking at a full squad to choose from.
CPA – Guaita; Ward, Cahill, Kouyate, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze; Benteke, Zaha
WBA – Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend; Pereira, Maitland-Niles, Yokuslu, Gallagher, Phillips; Diagne
Arguably a game West Brom must go all-out to win if they harbour any lingering ambitions of escaping the drop and Palace’s form is poor enough that the Baggies might just take the points. Palace 0-1 West Brom.