Palace have no chance against The Hammers.

Last updated: March 29, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Boleyn Ground
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWWW
Away form: LWLDL
Last season: 1-3
Competition: The Premier League

The Hammers best performance in The Premier League (First Division) dates back from 1986, when they finished in 3rd place. Now, once again they have the chance of securing the same great achievement. West Ham United are lying in 5th place, just 1 point behind Manchester City and 5 behind 3rd placed Arsenal. So, West Ham United are in a good position at the moment.

Slaven Bilic’s players showed a great performance in the last round against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The match finished with a 2-2 draw. Lanzini and Andy Carroll found the net for The Hammers. Moreover, West Ham United are undefeated in the last 8 competitive matches. The last time they lost was on 6th February (0-1 to Southampton).

On the other hand, it’s been more than 3 months since Crystal Palace won a Premiership match. The Eagles have recorded 9 defeats in their last 13 Premier League matches. They have failed to score on 6 occasions in these games. Crystal Palace’s only aim until the end of the season is reaching the final of The FA Cup. Alan Pardew’s players will meet Watford in the semi-finals in a month.

Team News

All of Slaven Bilic’s players are fit. However, he is expected to make no changes in his starting eleven, because the three points are really important for The Hammers.

Crystal Palace’s striker Connor Wickham is suffering from an injury. He has scored 5 goals in 15 appearances for The Eagles this season.

James McArthur is the other key player who’s going to miss the match. The midfielder will resume full training in May.

James Collins and Tomkins are now fit for The Hammers. They can be included in the squad for the match against Crystal Palace.

Quotes of the week

slaven bilic grinning
Slaven Bilic (West Ham) :
“I could easily say to my players that if anyone gets touched in the box go down. I could easily say that but I don’t want to say that. Try to win as fairly as we can.”

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) :
“Our concentration is important. We are so strong; we think only of one match. Step by step, that is our philosophy.”

Expected line-ups:

West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Byram, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Song, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Antonio.
Subs Carroll, Emenike, Lanzini, Tomkins, Randolph, Obiang, Ogbonna.
Not available:
Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Hennessey, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, Jedinak, Cabaye, Ledley, Zaha, Bolasie, Adebayor.
Subs Kelly, Campbell, Mutch, Sako, Puncheon, Gayle, McCarthy
Injured: Wickham, McArthur, Appiah.
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
West Ham this season Crystal Palace this season
5 League Position 16
7 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (5)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 5-1 vs. Newcastle
5 (6) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (4)
2 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 10 (5)
1-4 to Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Man City
Payet (8) Top scorer Dann, Cabaye, Wickham (5)
Payet (8) Assist Leader Delaney, Puncheon, Wickham (3)
Y46, R4 Discipline Y48, R2
5 Failures to score 10
10 Clean Sheets 6
18 Both Teams to Score Games 16
16 Over 2.5 Games 16
14 Under 2.5 Games 14
  • There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in West Ham United’s last 3 Premier League matches at the Boleyn Ground.
  • Slaven Bilic’s players have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home Premiership games. They have conceded only 3 goals in these matches.
  • Crystal Palace have lost 9 of their last 11 matches in The Premier League. The Eagles are lying in 16th position with 33 points collected.
  • The Hammers have won 5 of 11 matches at the Boleyn Ground against Crystal Palace. They Have scored 16 goals and have conceded 9.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
17/10/15 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham C. Jenkinson 22′
28/02/15 The Premier League West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace G. Murray 41′
23/08/14 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham M. Zárate 34′
19/04/14 The Premier League West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace M. Jedinak (PG) 59′
03/12/13 The Premier League Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham M. Chamakh 41′