Next up for Palace is West Ham United so we had a chat to WEST HAM CENTRAL to get his views on the season so far, thoughts on the game and much more.
Q. What did you make of the meeting between the two sides at the London Stadium earlier in the season?
It was a tough one for us – one of our hardest games of the season if I am being honest. We did not create much and were fortunate that our annual screamer against Palace had to happen.
Q. How has this campaign been for the Hammers so far?
Very enjoyable. Highest points tally ever after 19 games in the Premier League. A good defence, a good attack, a solid midfield and not losing games we would have done last season. Keeping up with the European pack is fun too.
Q. Much was said about the return of David Moyes, but from the outside looking in, he has done a decent job so far. Is that how Hammers fans feel?
Yes. We love him. He has provided stability, worked out the problem areas and sorted them out, got rid of the expensive players from the Manuel Pellegrini reign who he deems not good enough and has brought in pure hard workers. He is a real man manager and the closeness of the team is all down to him.
Q. With the January transfer window coming to a close, what business were you expecting West Ham to do?
A striker to help Michail Antonio when he is struggling and needs a rest. He cannot play every minute of every game anymore and he is crucial so we need another striker to share the position with him.
Q. Who has been the stand out player for the Hammers so far this season?
It’s tough. You could say Tomas Soucek, you could say Declan Rice, you could say Vladimir Coufal, Antonio…but for me, it is Angelo Ogbonna. He is a man mountain and the focal point of our impressive defence.
Q. Is there still some discontent among fans about the owners?
There always will be. No matter what we do, the owners are not doing enough. They are just lucky that Moyes and his backroom staff are working miracles.
Q. What do you make of Palace this season?
Very inconsistent if I am being honest. Some very good and very bad results all mixed in. The 7-0 loss at home to Liverpool being the worst and the 3-1 at United being the best.
Q. It has been a tough time for everyone but football fans and clubs have certainly played their part during the pandemic and pulled together which has been particularly pleasing, right?
Very pleasing. It is nice to see that football truly is much more than just a game. Each club are doing wonders in their community during this tough time too and offering a listening ear for those struggling.
Q. Name one player from each team that you believe will be a threat to the opposition in this match.
For the Hammers it has to be Antonio and no surprises for Palace, Wilfried Zaha.
Q. …and finallly, your all important prediction?
West Ham to win 3-1. I just think we will have just that little too much for you with your growing injury list.