In-form Eagles to host The Hammers

Last updated: October 14, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWLL
Away form: DDLWW
Last season: 1-3
Competition: The Premier League

Crystal Palace achieved a deserved 2-0 victory in their last match against West Brom at Selhurst Park, which elevated the Londoners to fourth place in the standings of The Premier League. Yannick Bolasie opened in the 68th minute, then Cabaye (89′) didn’t miss from the penalty spot securing the points for The Eagles. They have won 5 matches in this campaign so far and are pretty likely to earn another three points against West Ham on Saturday.

Only luck and Lens’ stupid tackle saved West Ham from an embarrassing defeat on their visit to The Stadium of Light in the last round. The Hammers made a comeback from 2-0 down to 2-2, but their efforts weren’t as spectacular as the result shows. It’s obvious The Hammers have serious problems in defence; Sunderland’s players missed too many scoring chances and found the back of Adrian’s net twice.

If West Ham’s manager, Bilic, plays the same tactics against Crystal Palace, he will have to watch his goalkeeper taking the ball out of the net again and again… The Eagles had 10 good goal-scoring opportunities just before the half time break in their last match, most of them were created by in-form ex Man United player Wilfred Zaha.

Team News

Nothing surprising, Andy Carroll is injured again. This time the striker has received an ankle injury and won’t be available for the match against Palace.

Enner Valencia and Alex Song have still not recovered from their injuries. The Ecuadorian striker is expected to return to training on 26th Oct. 2015.

Connor Wickham is suffering from a calf strain injury, so the striker can’t take part in the upcoming fixture.

Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) and Kwesi Appiah (ACL knee ligament injury) complete Crystal Palace’s injury list.

Quotes of the week

Alan Pardew Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) : “There’s no player who can knock on my door and say, ‘I want the same money as Cabaye’.”

slaven bilic grinning Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “The fans like good football and the players working hard.”

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, Hangeland, Souare, Dann, Delaney, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Sako, Zaha, Gayle.
Subs Bolasie, Ledley, Lee, Jedinak, McCarthy, Ward, Mutch
Injured: Appiah, Chamakh, Wickham
Not available:
West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Kouyate, Payet, Obiang, Moses, Sakho, Jelavic.
Subs Ogbonna, Jarvis, Cullen, Randolph, Samuelsen, Lee, Noble
Injured: Valencia, Song, Carroll.
Not available:

Key Battle

zaha Zaha this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 (1) 502 1 0,8 0 2 2 0
obiang Obiang this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
3 (3) 379 0 0,3 1 1 1 0

So far this season

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Crystal Palace this season West Ham this season
4 League Position 6
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (3)
3-1 vs. Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
0 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (0)
1-2 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 3-4 to Bournemouth
Cabaye (3) Top scorer Payet (4)
McArthur, Puncheon (2) Assist Leader Payet (3)
Y16, R0 Discipline Y12, R3
2 Failures to score 0
2 Clean Sheets 3
4 Both Teams to Score Games 5
4 Over 2.5 Games 6
4 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • West Ham United have the best away performance in The Premier League, The Hammers have won 3 games, have finished with a draw and haven’t lost a single away match so far.
  • The Eagles have won two consecutive Premiership matches without conceding a single goal. Palace have recorded victories in two of their four home matches.
  • The last match between these two teams at Selhurst Park ended with a West Ham 3-1 away victory. Zarate, Downing and Cole scored for The Hammers.
  • Dimitri Payet, West Ham’s midfielder, has scored 3 goals in the teams last 4 Premiership games. The Frenchman has found the back of the net 4 times from the beginning of the season. He has also assisted in 3 of The Hammers’ goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
28/02/15 The Premier League West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace Murray 41′
23/08/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham Zárate 34′
19/04/14 The Premier League West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace Jedinak (PG) 59′
03/12/13 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham Chamakh 41′
25/02/12 The Championship West Ham 0-0 Crystal Palace