Eagles Face Stern Test At In Form Hammers

A trip to the London Stadium is up next for Palace in what will be a third London derby of the season having yet to travel out of the capital so far this season.

DATE

28th August 2021

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

London Stadium, London E20 2ST

LAST TIME

It all started so well for the Eagles back in December 2020 with Christian Benteke giving the visitors a deserved lead. Sebastian Haller levelled things up after the break before Benteke received a dubious second yellow card for an apparent elbow. However, the hosts were not able to take advantage and the points were shared.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Vladimir Coufal (8.4)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Stuart Attwell. Assistants: Dan Cook, Harry Lennard. Fourth official: Josh Smith. VAR: Graham Scott. Assistant VAR: Simon Long

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson continue to miss out through injury. Luka Milivojevic is back with the squad and could feature.

WEST HAM – Winston Reid and Arthur Masuaku will not feature due to injury.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – none

YELLOW CARDS – Christian Benteke (1), Joachim Andersen (1), Joel Ward (1)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 26/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham United
  • 16/12/2020 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 26/12/2019 Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United
  • 05/10/2019 West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 09/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 24/08/2021 Watford 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 21/08/2021 Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford
  • 14/08/2021 Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/08/2021 Crystal Palace 3-1 Watford
  • 31/07/2021 Reading 1-3 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for West Ham;

  • 23/08/2021 West Ham United 4-1 Leicester City
  • 15/08/2021 Newcastle United 2-4 West Ham United
  • 07/08/2021 West Ham United 2-0 Atalanta
  • 31/07/2021 Brentford 0-1 West Ham United
  • 24/07/2021 Celtic 2-6 West Ham United

RECORD AGAINST WEST HAM

  • Played 44
  • Won 9
  • Drawn 16
  • Lost 19

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Michail Antonio 9.19
  • Declan Rice 8.07
  • Conor Gallagher 7.33
  • James McArthur 7.03

ONE TO WATCH

MICAHIL ANTONIO

FORMER CLUBS – Tooting & Mitcham United, Reading, Cheltenham Town (loan), Southampton (loan), Colchester United (loan), Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest

Stating the obvious but if Palace manage to contain the in-form Hammers striker, they will have a chance of getting something out of the hosts. He became West Ham’s outright top scorer in the Premier League with a brace against Leicester on Monday night.

KEY CLASH

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE v CRAIG DAWSON

The Belgian striker played well in this fixture last season before receiving his marching orders, but the critical point is that he needs to be given service to have any kind of chance. He will likely be up against seasoned campaigner Dawson who knows every trick in the book, as we well know.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have lost just 2 of their last 8 Premier League away games against West Ham.
  • Both teams have scored in each of the 8 most recent top-flight meetings.
  • Palace are winless in their last 10 Premier League matches against London opposition (D5, L5), scoring 7 goals, conceding 19.
  • The Eagles await a first goal under new boss Patrick Vieira, and have recorded the lowest expected goals total (0.82) in the top flight.
  • Palace have attempted a league-low 11 shots (matching Michail Antonio’s individual tally for West Ham).
  • Patrick Vieira lost only one of his 14 Premier League appearances as a player against West Ham (W9, D4).
  • Jordan Ayew has failed to score in each of his last 29 top-flight appearances.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – 0
  • ASSISTS – 0
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (128)
  • TACKLES – Jordan Ayew/ Joel Ward (4)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (150)
  • SHOTS – Jordan Ayew/ Christian Benteke/ Conor Gallagher (2)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (6 – 5th in PL)

OPPOSITION VIEW COURTESY OF GREEN ST HAMMERS

“This match-up is not a London Derby that is talked about too often, but the reality is that this is always a massive game for both sides. Both clubs could not be further apart from each other at the moment, but you just know Saturday will be another tight one. Neither side could really get the better of each other last year, and I expect Saturday to be similar. My hope is a 2-1 Hammers win, but anything is possible!”

PREDICTION

Third league game in and after one loss and one draw, surely a win is on the cards? In all seriousness, this is a tough fixture with the hosts having had a great start to the season but Palace have shown some signs in their performances so we are pinning our hopes on returning from the London Stadium with a something, after all, the underdog tag suits us just perfectly.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 4/7
  • Draw – 14/5
  • Away – 5/1
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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