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Your Full Matchday Guide: West Ham United

7 December 2018

Read this handy guide for all you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace’s game away to West Ham United before the match commences at 15.00, including who will referee and an interesting matchday stat.

Live coverage

This match will not be shown live on TV in the UK, though you can listen to full commentary for just £1.49 via Palace Audio, the best way of staying up-to-date with Palace's progress.

If you live abroad, find out where you can watch the game by heading over to our Worldwide TV Listings now.

Alternatively, if you are following from around the world, why not see if there is an official Supporters’ Club meeting to watch the game in your city? Find the nearest one to you here

The ref

The referee for this game will be Anthony Taylor, who will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn with Chris Kavanagh acting as fourth official.

Your matchday stat

The side to have scored first in all Premier League fixtures between West Ham and Palace have never lost; a total of 14 matches.

The Palace Preview

Check out our comprehensive preview to West Ham v Crystal Palace now. It contains a full build-up to the game, all the information you'll want to know and complete team news.


By car

Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the M11 motorway keep in the right-hand lane and follow the signs for the North Circular A406 (W).

At the bottom of the flyover where the roads merge, move into the left-hand lane for the A12. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the A12 towards Central London and Stratford.

Keep straight on the A12 for around four and a half miles. At this point, you should be able to see the Velodrome building on your left. Exit here onto the A106, signposted Stratford and Westfield.

At the bottom of the slip road at the traffic lights, take the left-hand filter lane, towards Stratford and Westfield. Continue along this road and you will reach the stadium on the right.

There is no parking available at the London Stadium and parking restrictions will be in place and enforced in the local area.

By Train

The London Stadium is served by three railway stations all of which are around a 10-15 minute walk away. These are Stratford, Stratford International and Hackney Wick.

The stadium and stations are well signposted around the area.

Tickets and programme

The West Ham programme costs £3.50 and can be bought from vendors around the outside of the London Stadium. General admission tickets can still be bought for Palace fans, though there is a limited number remaining, so act fast and buy yours now

Food and drink

Hot and cold food and drink is available across the away concourse, with the hosts offering an eye-catching range of choices including street food, stir-fries and sandwiches. There are offers available such as Pie and a Pint for £8.50 or Nachos and a Soft Drink for £7.30.


No large bags are permitted within the stadium and all bags are searched before the game. Please allow time to accommodate these searches and only bring a bag with you if it is absolutely necessary.

The stadium is accessed via five bridges. The club advise that away fans use Bridge 4, which is closest to the Away Supporters’ Area.

If you’re there

Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre is a short walk from the London Stadium and has a range of bars and restaurants to head to before and after the match. Alternatively, the Jubilee Line can be accessed from Stratford Underground station which is a 10-15 minute walk from the London Stadium and will go to various stations in central London.

Another option, of course, is the joys of Norwood and Selhurst; only an hour away from Stratford!

You can call the West Ham United contact line on 0333 030 1966 for any further questions or head to their visitor’s guide (found on our stadium guide) for more information.

If you need to know more, head over to our stadium guide where you’ll find a map, useful links and extra stadium information.

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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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