Can West Ham Kick-Start Their Season with a Win at Selhurst Park on Saturday?

Last updated: October 13, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Coverage: BT Sport 1
Home form: DWWWD
Away form: DLLLL
Last season: C.Palace 1 – 3 West Ham
Competition: The Premier League

As Crystal Palace host West Ham at Selhurst Park this weekend, it goes without saying that all the pressure rests on the shoulders of Slavin Bilic and his team. Palace go into this game in a great position; they’re currently sitting at eighth place in the league with eleven points from seven games and have been playing some great attacking football – they are also eighth position in the goal scoring chart with eleven goals. West Ham however are struggling down at the bottom end of the table. Difficulties at their new London Stadium in the Olympic Park and their continuing run of bad form has led to The Hammers only having secured one win in the Premier League this season. They managed to avoid defeat in their last outing thanks to a quality header from their main strike man Dimitri Payet in the 57th minute. They’ll surely be hoping to build on that performance and go one-step further with a win this weekend as they escape some of the pressure of their home ground.

Although they can’t afford to rest on their laurels, Palace will be feeling comfortable as they take the field on Saturday evening. Striker Christian Benteke is in scintillating form at the moment – he scored a hatrick for Belgium earlier this week in their World Cup qualifying match against Gibraltar – and they of course have the home advantage. They will however be hoping to tighten things up a little at the back. They’ve only conceded 8 goals so far, but it’s also been twelve successive Premier League games since they’ve kept a clean sheet.

Despite it still being the early stage of the season West Ham are no doubt feeling the pressure. It’s been their worst start in seven games in the top flight since the 1988-89 season, they’ve conceded 15 goals so far and their new summer signing Simone Zaza hasn’t been able to provide the kind of fire power up front they would have been hoping for. They can’t keep relying on Payet to bring them goals; Zaza will have to produce the goods, as will the joint leading goal scorer Michail Antonio if West Ham want to get a result.

Team News

Palace captain Scott Dann has made a full return to training ahead of this weekend’s fixture. The international break last weekend has seemingly given him a much needed rest as he is set to be named in Pardew’s match day eighteen.

Whilst away on international duty for Cameroon Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever world cup qualification goal in 8.2 seconds. The forward is currently the team’s leading goal scorer with three goals to his name and will surely be key to their success at the weekend. His brother however (Jonathan Benteke) will be out of action until early February due to a nasty knee injury he sustained during a training session.

Slaven Bilic has stated that Aaaron Cresswell has looked fit and ready to play since his return to training. His is expected to be named in the squad to face Crystal Palace this weekend.

West Ham fans can be hopeful that a few of the club’s key players will be returning to the squad after injury abscences. Andre Ayew, Diafra Sahko and Andy Carroll are showing great signs of improvement are starting to get back to full fitness.

Expected line-ups:

Crystal Palace 4-2-3-1: Mandana, Kelly, Delaney, Tomkins, Ward, Ledley, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, Benteke
Subs: Flamini, Cabaye, Cambell, Hennessey, Lee Chung-yong, Fryers, Wickham
Injured: Dann, Souaré, Boateng, Jonathan Beneteke, Remy
Not available:
West Ham 4-3-3: Adrian, Ogbonna, Collins, Reid, Arbeloa, Obiang, Kouyate, Noble, Payet, Antonio, Zaza
Subs: Randolph, Cresswell, Feghouli, Lanzini, Calleri, Fletcher, Fernandes
Injured: Masuaku, Byram, Töre, Cullen, Carrol, Sakho
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Crystal Palace this season West Ham United this season
8th League Position 18th
3 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
4-1 vs. Stoke Biggest win 1-0 vs. Bournemouth
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
1-0 vs. Tottenham Biggest Defeat 3-0 vs. Southampton
Christian Benteke (3) Top scorer Michail Antonio (5)
Jason Puncheon (2) Assist Leader Dimitri Payet (3)
Y17, R0 Discipline Y18, R0
2 Failures to score 1
0 Clean Sheets 1
5 Both Teams to Score Games 5
3 Over 2.5 Games 5
4 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • Crystal Palace have made a good start to the season under Alan Pardew. They are currently sitting at 8th position in the league and hold the same position in the goal leader board with 11 successes from 7 games.
  • Slaven Bilic’s men have the worst defensive record in the Premier League so far. They’ve conceded 17 goals in just seven games; their biggest defeat was against Southampton where they went down 3-0 at home in their new stadium.
  • On the flip side Palace will be hoping to keep a clean sheet at home this coming weekend. It’s been 12 successive games in the league since they’ve been able to stop the opposition from crossing the goal line.
  • West Ham’s poor run of form has been continuing of late. They haven’t managed a victory since their narrow 1-0 victory at home to Bournemouth in the second week of the season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/04/2016 Premier League West Ham 2 – 2 Crystal Palace Delaney, Damien 15′
17/10/2015 Premier League Crystal Palace 1 – 3 West Ham Jenkinson, Carl 22′
28/02/2015 Premier League West Ham 1 – 3 Crystal Palace G.Murray 41′
23/08/2014 Premier League Crystal Palace 1- 3 West Ham M.Zarate 34′
19/04/2014 Premier League West Ham 0- 1 Crystal Palace M.Jedinak 59′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

We really think that all the favour lies with Crystal Palace in this one. There’s not too much between the sides at all on paper, however the current run of form would suggest that Palace just have the edge. It will be a close encounter so calling a winner is a tough one here, however there has been a total of 16 goals in the last 4 games for both teams with an even spread of 2 goals per game. A both teams to score bet would be a good shout for this weekend with Benteke to get on the scoresheet as well. Good prices are currently on show at Ladbrokes.