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The Palace Preview: West Ham United

8 December 2018

Crystal Palace make the short journey to face West Ham United today for a 15.00 kick-off, the two sides poised just six points apart in the Premier League table.

Whilst this London derby isn’t quite regarded in the same, fierce vein as some of the other matches which take place in the capital, it’s still a battle between south and east London and, perhaps more importantly, between 15th and 13th place; the three points on offer becoming all the more significant when they can bridge a gap for Palace.

The Eagles are unbeaten in their past two matches against the Hammers and have only lost once away to them in the past 15 years.

Interestingly, Palace held a very strong record against Saturday's hosts from 2004-14, when, from six games, they won four and drew twice; their best run against the Hammers since 1911.

In more recent years, though, their success has been somewhat sporadic.

Equally sporadic, West Ham have thus far endured a turbulent season, one filled with peaks and throughs and spells of impressive dominance undercut by periods of disappointing results.

The same club who put eight past Macclesfield Town conceded four against both Liverpool and Manchester City, then beat Manchester United but also lost to lower-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Hammers who will perform today seems uncertain, though they are playing in a purple patch now.

Having lost just one of their past six, it seems that United are enjoying a run of form lately and will provide a difficult game for the Eagles on Saturday. Their most evident strength lies in their ability going forward and they've scored 20 goals so far, the most of any team in the bottom 11.

Helping to continually boost this goal haul is Felipe Anderson, the man to watch when the Hammers maraud forward this season. The Brazilian is their joint-top scorer so far with five goals, four of which have been scored in his past five games.

It’s in defence, though, where Palace have typically found assurance and, until ceding three goals against Brighton and Hove Albion, they had only seen one goal hit their net from their previous three games.

One huge match held very firmly in the minds of Palace fans will be the 2004 play-off final, when the Eagles earned promotion thanks to a single Neil Shipperley goal at the Millennium Stadium. It was a fixture that led to one season in the country’s top-flight, one in which club legend Andy Johnson finished as the league’s second highest scorer on an astonishing 21 goals despite Palace being relegated.

That final in 2004 saw Iain Dowie manage a side with popular names such as Danny Butterfield and Aki Riihilahti in it as well as future icons Dougie Freedman and Shaun Derry.

Team news

Hodgson has the same near-full-strength squad for Saturday's game as he did for the previous match against Brighton and Hove Albion. The only absentee is Christian Benteke.

However, the Hammers will be without Jack Wilshere, Aaron Cresswell and star man Marko Arnautovic though they have been boosted by Andy Carroll's return up top.

Where next?

For the rest of your pre-match reading, why not check out what former Hammer James Tomkins has to say ahead of the game, or even what the boss himself thinks? Alternatively, Neil Shipperley looks back to his 2004 promotion-earning goal while James McArthur discusses versatility in his new role in the Palace squad.

For of all the matchday information you'll want to know ahead of the game, head over to our full matchday guide now, where you'll find the referee, live coverage updates and an interesting matchday stat.

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Match Reports

Report: West Ham United 3-2 Crystal Palace

8 December 2018

Despite taking the lead within six minutes, Crystal Palace lost a thoroughly well-fought battle at the London Stadium after a West Ham comeback stole three points thanks to a smash-and-grab 17-minute spell.

The game opened well for both sides, and the hosts found themselves squandering a strong early chance as Chicharito Hernandez fired into the ever-approaching legs of Wayne Hennessey within four minutes. Palace's Max Meyer and Wilfried Zaha were then frustrated to break into the Hammers' box but not find anyone in yellow with their crosses.

It was a more unlikely goalscorer in James McArthur who opened the Eagles' account just minutes later however, as he raced into United's box to prod a Cheikhou Kouyate header underneath the oncoming home 'keeper, Lukasz Fabianski.

With the Eagles having taken an early lead then, Palace began to sit back as the game settled down to a more typical opening rhythm and Roy Hodgson's back four defended with resilience as West Ham launched a series of responding attacks. Pablo Zabaleta in particular kept the Eagles on their toes as he stormed frequently along their left-wing.

Lucas Perez was perhaps closest to hitting the back of Palace's net in the opening exchanges when he latched on to a dropping ball in the Eagles' box only to volley wide from 15 yards. Barely five minutes later, much to the approval of the energised home crowd, Perez then had only Mamadou Sakho to blame for his low, drilled cross not finding a man in claret and blue just yards from Hennessey's goal line when the Frenchman stood strong to send the ball ricocheting into touch.

At the other end of the pitch, Zaha found his trademark trickery nullified by a sea of West Ham legs before Aaron Wan-Bissaka roamed forward to see a probing cross well cleared by the home defence.

The Hammers swiftly resumed their bombardment of crosses, but Welshman Hennessey and his four-man defensive guard ensured the score remained 0-1. Declan Rice attempted a different path to goal, but his towering, central header from the penalty spot sailed wide in the 38th minute.

The first-half then finished in dramatic fashion, as Luka Milivojevic struck West Ham's cross-bar from a long-distance free-kick with less than a minute of time remaining.

But the drama didn't cease following the half-time break as Robert Snodgrass opened the home side's account by volleying the ball from the edge of the Palace box just inches lower than Milivojevic had managed 15 minutes earlier.

Snodgrass' strike blew the game wide open and, as the chilled east London atmosphere grew, so too did the energy of the match. Zabaleta attempted to double the Hammers' lead when he rifled an effort at goal, but again Sakho got his body in the way and sent the ball spinning out for a West Ham corner, which was dealt with by the Eagles after Patrick van Aanholt was forced to leave the field with a knock.

Attacking towards the vocal, visiting Palace fans, Zaha threaded a ball through to Meyer, but the German midfielder was crowded out in the box before, moments later, having a point-blank effort blocked by Fabianski as the ball cannoned into the area from McArthur's boot.

It was to be the hosts who were celebrating next though, after Hennessey saved well from a Snodgrass free-kick only to see Hernandez react fastest to the loose ball and strike high into the Eagles' net.

West Ham's lead was then extended in remarkable fashion when Felipe Anderson curled a ball from the right edge of Palace's box beyond the reach of Hennessey to make the score 3-1.

The Irons almost added a fourth when goalscorer Hernandez couldn't capitalise on Arthur Masuaku's cross and put the ball wide from close range, however Palace recollected themselves in time to net the game's fifth goal via Jeffrey Schlupp.

The second-half substitute bagged his second of the season with 15 minutes of the game remaining when he headed home firmly from the penalty spot to bring his side back into the game.

Zaha and Andros Townsend both then saw tame chances result in nothing before Grady Diangana sent the ball into Hennessey who deflected it over to safety.

The following 10 minutes became a tense battle, and Palace fought hard to find the game's equaliser but, frustratingly, their efforts were in vain. Referee Anthony Taylor blew his whistle for full-time to confirm that West Ham had done enough to keep the three points in east London much to the Eagles' disappointment.

Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt (Schlupp 55), Tomkins, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Meyer (Puncheon 84), Kouyate, McArthur (Ayew 66), Townsend, Zaha.

Subs not used: Guaita, Ward, Sørloth, Kelly.

West Ham: Fabianski, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Anderson (Obiang 84), Snodgrass, Noble, Chicharito (Diangana 75), Diop, Masuaku, Perez (Carroll 45), Rice.

Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Carroll, Ogbonna, Antonio.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: West Ham Now on Sale

29 October 2018

Tickets for Crystal Palace's trip to West Ham United on Saturday 8th December will go on sale from 10am on Tuesday 30th October.

The Eagles will travel to the London Stadium for just the third time in a 3pm kick-off as Roy Hodgson pits his wits against Manuel Pellegrini and his Hammers side.

Adults: £30
Over 65s: £25
Under-21s: £25
Under-16s: £25

Tickets will be available in the following selling order:

Phase 1
Tuesday 30th October from 10am
Season Ticket holders & paid Members with 5000+ loyalty points
One ticket per client reference

Phase 2
Wednesday 31st October from 10am
Season Ticket holders & paid Members with 4500+ loyalty points
One ticket per client reference

Phase 3
Thursday 1st November from 10am
Season Ticket holders & paid Members with 4000+ loyalty points
One ticket per client reference

Phase 4
Friday 2nd November from 10am
Season Ticket holders & paid Members with 3500+ loyalty points
One ticket per client reference

Phase 5
Monday 5th November from 10am
Season Ticket holders – no loyalty points requirement
One ticket per client reference

Phase 6
Tuesday 6th November from 10am
Paid Members – no loyalty points requirement
One ticket per client reference

All sales phases are subject to availability

Coach travel is available for this game, departing Selhurst Park at 11.30am and priced at £17 per seat.

Tickets and travel can be bought in the following ways:

  • Online - you will need to create a new Palace Account to use this serviceRegister or find out more
  • By calling 08712 000 071 (lines open 9am - 5.30pm weekdays, 9am - 12.30pm on non-match Saturdays)
  •  In person at the Box Office between 9am - 5.30pm Monday-Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays.

Please note that all tickets posted will incur a £1.50 postage fee per booking. Disabled supporters will also receive a free Personal Assistant ticket. 

2018/19 Memberships are available from as little as £15 for under-18s and £25 for adults.

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