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West Brom reporter predicts comfortable win against Crystal Palace

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The Advertiser spoke to West Bromwich Albion correspondent for the Express & Star, Steve Madeley, ahead of Saturday's game at The Hawthorns…

A 2-2 draw with Man Utd on Monday certainly puts the Baggies in a confident mood for Palace?

They were in a confident mood already, having beaten Tottenham and thrashed Hull. They gave a decent account of themselves in losing narrowly at Anfield, but Monday's game certainly won't have hurt their belief. They played very well and it was another step in the right direction.

Saido Berahino is getting better and better, isn't he? He's a man in form.

He is. He has always been a lad who knew where the net was, as he showed when he made a flying start to last season before losing his way. He was always prolific in age-group teams so goal-scoring has never been an issue, but his all-round game has improved beyond all recognition this season and he is full of confidence.

Happy with Alan Irvine in charge and that he has got a chance at the helm?

From a personal point of view, I am delighted he has started to turn things around as he's a genuinely nice guy who is a pleasure to deal with. I fully understood the scepticism of fans when he was appointed and in the early weeks of the season things didn't look good for him, but behind the scenes he has done great work getting all the players pulling in the right direction after last season.

Which other players are impressing so far for West Brom?

Joleon Lescott has made a big difference. He was injured at the start of the season and, since he came in at Tottenham, the team have looked a whole lot better defensively. Lescott is the man who has held it together but his partner at centre-back, Craig Dawson, has been very good too.

If you could sign anyone from Palace, who do you like the look of?

I haven't seen Palace at all this season so it's hard to say. Last season I was impressed by Mile Jedinak and I watched Scott Dann progress through the ranks at Walsall and have always thought he was capable of playing in the top flight, so probably one of them.

What's your score prediction?

West Brom are playing well at the moment so I'd back them to win. Let's say a 2-0 home win.

West Brom reporter predicts comfortable win against Crystal Palace


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