Premier League Preview – West Ham United
After a much needed break over the weekend, it is a welcome return to league action for the Eagles as they make the short trip across London to take on West Ham United at the London Stadium.
It is perhaps not ideal that after such a heavy defeat a break takes place but it might be just what the doctor ordered for Palace with boss Roy Hodgson struggling to pick a fully fit first eleven.
Reinforcements have been brought in with Erdal Rakip and Jaroslaw Jach joining the club last week from Benfica and Zaglebie Lubin respectively and they will be expected to be involved even if only from the bench.
It is clear that the club are looking to bring in one or two more before the transfer window but none are expected to be announced ahead of kick off which will allow the squad to focus on the job at hand.
The hosts head into the game off the back of a shock FA Cup defeat at the hands of League One leaders Wigan Athletic and had defender Arthur Masuaku sent off for allegedly spitting at an opponent. Losing a player through suspension only adds to the woes of manager David Moyes who has done a fine job since joining the club but will not be able to call upon a number of regular starters for this fixture.
Fans will recall the disastrous last visit to the London Stadium a little over a year ago and no doubt some of the players will too. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to right the wrongs of that afternoon.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Yohan Cabaye (ankle), Jeffrey Schlupp (knee), Scott Dann (knee), Jason Puncheon (knee), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle), Mamadou Sakho (calf) and Connor Wickham (knee) are all unavailable.
WEST HAM UNITED – Pedro Obiang (knee), Marko Arnautovic (hamstring), Manuel Lanzini (hamstring), Winston Reid (groin), Andy Carroll (foot), Diafra Sakho (knee), Michail Antonio (calf) and Edimilson Fernandes (ankle) will all miss out while Jose Fonte (ankle) is a major doubt. Arthur Masuaku is suspended.
The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst Park in April in what proved an entertaining match up. The visitors went in at the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Chicarito and Andre Ayew. It looked an uphill battle for the Eagles but Luka Milivojevic pulled one back from the penalty spot after a foul on Andros Townsend and Palace managed to find an equaliser with what was the final kick of the game by the enigmatic Wilfried Zaha.
Who Scored man of the match – Yohan Cabaye (8.7)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 28/10/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
- 14/01/2017 West Ham United 3-0 Crystal Palace
- 15/10/2016 Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham United
- 02/04/2016 West Ham United 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 17/10/2015 Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 20/01/2018 Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
- 13/01/2018 Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley
- 08/01/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 02/01/2018 Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
- 31/12/2017 Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City
Last FIVE results for West Ham United;
- 27/01/2018 Wigan Athletic 2-0 West Ham United
- 20/01/2018 West Ham United 1-1 Bournemouth
- 16/01/2018 West Ham United 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
- 13/01/2018 Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham United
- 07/01/2018 Shrewsbury Town 0-0 West Ham United
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- James Tomkins 7.18
- Manuel Lanzini 7.18
- Wilfried Zaha 7.17
- Arthur Masuakau 7.04
ONE TO WATCH
JOAO MARIO NAVAL DA COSTA EDUARDO
Former clubs – Porto, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Vitoria Setubal (loan), Inter,
The 25-year-old midfielder joined West Ham last week in a loan deal from Italian giants Inter until the end of the season. His career started in 2002 in the youth academy at Porto before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2004 but did not break through to make his professional debut at the club until 2011. As well as appearances for the reserve team and a loan deal at Vitoria Setubal in 2014, Mario moved to Italy in 2016.
His international career has seen him work through every one of the seven youth sides with Portugal before being handed his first cap in 2014, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo during a friendly match against France. An ever present at Euro 2016 which resulted in a winners medal as Portugal lifted the coveted trophy.
Final league position – 15th
Depending on the additions made in the coming days at the London Stadium, a fully fit West Ham should have enough to keep themselves away from the drop zone. But like many clubs in the bottom half of the table, they have to perform to secure those points and they have been liable to lose games they should perhaps be winning. The current injury crisis will be a concern particularly as the points between tenth place and bottom is minimal considering how far into the Premier League season we are.
- TEB prediction – away win
- Jake from West Ham COYI prediction (see link below) – draw
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 15/8
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 6/4
- Both teams to score – 4/5