Premier League Preview – West Ham United
Off to the London Stadium we go, a location not fit for top class football as those that have been there will testify, as the Premier League fixtures come at us thick and fast.
The less said about the result at the Amex on Tuesday the better and it is time to move on and look to towards the next fixture, a London derby against West Ham United.
Roy Hodgson, his staff and the players will be well aware of the disappointment the result caused in midweek and will have been doing everything on the training ground in an effort to put things right this weekend. There must be a reaction to that defeat at a time when points are needed to stay out of the bottom three.
Palace have only managed four points from the last five games and are not far off the total points tally at this time last year. The opposition this week have fared better with ten points from the same number of games.
Boss Manuel Pellegrini has got the Hammers playing a style of football that has seen them climb to 13th in the Premier League after a disappointing start. However, he is having to contend with a numbers of absentees which has just increased with the news of Marko Arnoutovic is out with a hamstring injury until the New Year.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke (knee) continues to miss out but Connor Wickham (thigh) and Scott Dann (knee) are in contention.
WEST HAM UNITED – Marko Arnoutovic (hamstring), Ryan Fredericks (ankle), Andriy Yarmolenko (achilles), Carlos Sanchez (knee), Winston Reid (knee) and Manuel Lanzini (knee) are not available. Aaron Cresswell (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are doubts.
The last time the two sides met was at the London Stadium in January when a fiercly contested game ended with the points shared. A goal from Christian Benteke put the Eagles into the lead but the hosts levelled things up from the penalty spot before the break thanks to captain Mark Noble.
Who Scored man of the match – Mark Noble (7.7)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 30/01/2018 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 04/12/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/12/2018 Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 10/11/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for West Ham;
- 04/12/2018 West Ham United 3-1 Cardiff City
- 01/12/2018 Newcaste United 0-3 West Ham United
- 24/11/2018 West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City
- 10/11/2018 Huddersfield Town 1-1 West Ham United
- 03/11/2018 West Ham United 4-2 Burnley
RECORD AGAINST WEST HAM
- Played 38
- Won 7
- Drawn 14
- Lost 17
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.29
- Felipe Anderson 7.25
- Marko Arnautovic 7.06
- Luka Milivojevic 7.02
ONE TO WATCH
FELIPE ANDERSON PEREIRA GOMES
Former clubs – 14 CPMIND, Federal, SCR Gaminha, Astral EC, Coritiba, Santos, Lazio.
The attacking midfielder joined the Hammers in the summer for a fee of £36million from Lazio where he made over a century of appearances. He has acclimatised well to life in the Premier League by getting on the score sheet on five occassions to date and has already become an important part of the West Ham side. Anderson made his professional debut for Santos in 2010 after moving between clubs in his youth. Lazio came calling in 2013 by taking him to Italy for a fee of 7.8million Euros. He has made one international appearance for Brazil.
The hosts have started to find a way to win at the London Stadium after the problems of last season but with a growing list of injuries, Palace may have an opportunity. To do that, the visitors will have to find the form they showed at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago rather than that on the South Coast in midweek. If the reaction is what we expect it to be, then Palace are more than capable of grabbing a draw.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 11/8
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 21/10
- Both teams to score – 17/10