Premier League Preview – West Ham United
In what will be the 40th fixture between the two sides, the Eagles welcome West Ham United to Selhurst Park this weekend.
Recent games against the Hammers have not been kind to Palace, you have to go all the way back to December 2013 for the last win which was at Selhurst Park. That is one win in the last last fourteen times the two clubs have faced each other in the league.
With little injury concerns, the challenge for Roy Hodgson will be selecting the right players to get the victory over their London rivals with Wilfried Zaha back after suspension.
Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew started as the strike partnership for the Eagles against Fulham and both of them played a part in the win. A change in that formation is likely to be required to accommodate Zaha unless it is a straight switch for Jeffrey Schlupp, however, that would be harsh on the former Leicester man after a very good performance last weekend. Does Hodgson have the audacity to put Zaha on the bench? We will see.
As for the visitors, they have a number of injury concerns heading into the fixture after coming through and taking a point off Liverpool on Monday. They are currently six points better off than Palace in the Premier League table with just thirteen games left to play this season.
Palace continue to look over their shoulders regardless of the welcome three points at home to Fulham. Had Cardiff City not managed an emotional win, the gap would have been seven points so there is plenty of work for the Eagles still to do.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Cheikhou Kouyate (ankle) is a slight doubt while Pape Souare (shoulder) continues to miss out.
WEST HAM UNITED – Marko Arnoutovic (foot) and Samir Nasri (calf) are both slight doubts while Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Manuel Lanzini (knee) are major doubts, the latter now joining in with training after a long lay off. Fabien Balbuena (knee), Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles), Carlos Sanchez (knee) and Winston Reid (knee) are all unavailable.
The last time these two sides met was at the London Stadium back in December. The visitors took the lead very early on from a rather fortuitous goal courtesy of James McArthur and it could have been so much better had a free kick hit the back of the net from Luka Milivojevic before the break. The hosts equalised shortly after the restart through Robert Snodgrass and went on to take the lead midway through the second half with Chicharito capitalising on mistake from Wayne Hennessey. They made it three soon after thanks to Felipe Anderson. Palace pulled one back through Jeffrey Schlupp with less than fifteen minutes to go but it was too little too late.
Who Scored man of the match – Robert Snodgrass (8.3)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 08/12/2018 West Ham United 3-2 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 02/02/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
- 30/01/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
- 27/01/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
- 19/01/2019 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
- 12/01/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
Last FIVE results for West Ham;
- 04/02/2019 West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool
- 29/01/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 West Ham United
- 26/01/2019 AFC Wimbledon 3-0 West Ham United
- 19/01/2019 Bournemouth 2-0 West Ham United
- 12/01/2019 West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal
THE RECORD AGAINST WEST HAM
- Played 39
- Won 7
- Drawn 14
- Lost 18
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Felipe Anderson 7.26
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.24
- Luka Milivojevic 7.14
- Lukasz Fabianski 7.00
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Polonia Slubice, MSP Szamotuly, Lubuszanin Drezdenko, Sparta Bordnica, Mieszko Gniezno, Lech Poznan, Legia Warsaw, Arsenal, Swansea City.
As with what seems to be a common theme at Selhurst Park, the opposition defends well, particularly the goalkeeper which is why we have selected the Polish stopper this time around. The 33 year old arrived in England in 2007 when Arsenal paid an estimated £2.1million for his services from Legia Warsaw. After finding it difficult to take the number one jersey in North London, Fabianski moved to Swansea City in 2014 where he made one short of 150 appearances for the Swans before returning to London in 2018 with West Ham.
He has made close to fifty international appearances for Poland after representing his country and under 15, 17 and 21 levels. His full international debut came in 2006 against Saudi Arabia.
If the result against Fulham is anything to go by, then Palace may just be favourites for this Premier League match but form in this fixture does not favour them. West Ham will be tough to beat and even though their recent run of form has not been great, they head into the fixture off the back of a good draw at home to title chasing Liverpool. However, with some renewed confidence following the home win last weekend, we tip the Eagles to end the recent bad run in encounters between the two sides with a 2-1 victory.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – draw
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – evens
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 13/5
- Both teams to score – 3/4