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09 February 2019 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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The Palace Preview: West Ham United

9 February 2019

Tomorrow, in a 15.00 kick-off, Crystal Palace host east London Premier League rivals West Ham United as they seek to build on strong recent form against a Hammers side struggling for consistency.

Though Manuel Pellegrini's men recorded a valiant draw with league-leaders Liverpool on Monday night, their recent luck has been somewhat hit-and-miss having beaten Arsenal but lost to AFC Wimbledon in the space of two weeks.

In the league, they have lost two of their last three matches and currently sit in 12th place. Fixtures played away from home have been a struggle for the Irons over recent weeks and they have lost all four of their latest away matches in all competitions, with Palace having won their past two fixtures at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles have turned their league home form around to have picked up 10 points from a possible 18 in their past six matches, having taken just two from their opening six. Palace's history with West Ham will not inspire confidence, however, having not won on home turf against the Hammers since 2013.

That match saw the Eagles run-out as 1-0 victors in the fifth of six fixtures between the two sides whereby Palace went undefeated. It was Marouane Chamakh who netted just before half-time that day as Palace sat second from bottom in the league in a season they would ultimately go on to end in 11th.

The win is only one of six home victories over West Ham for Palace with the most recent after that coming in 2004, then 1995 and then, remarkably, 1915.

Roy Hodgson's men were, however, unlucky to leave the London Stadium empty-handed in the last clash between these two clubs as West Ham ran-out 3-2 victors back in December. Playing that day was Declan Rice, West Ham's 20-year-old star who has notably been grabbing headlines this season. The defender played in a holding midfield role against Liverpool on Monday and stood out on a pitch replete with talent. He is certainly one for Palace fans to keep an eye on tomorrow.

Elsewhere, fans will want to pay attention to Brighton and Hove Albion's clash with Burnley. The Seagulls only sit one point ahead of the Eagles and haven't won a league match since the end of December. Burnley, however, are unbeaten in the league since then and so this weekend is a good opportunity for Palace to move up to 13th place with a win.

Tactical overview

West Ham have a well-stocked squad and have been able to adapt depending on the team they've faced, working most notably against Liverpool, as they frustrated the Reds by sitting deep, pressing on the ball and intercepting the build-up of any offensive moves to launch counter-attacks.

Playing away from home against - naturally - a less attacking side than Liverpool, West Ham are still likely to look to counter-attack but will probably sit less deep on the pitch than they did on Monday night.

Your matchday stat and ref

Crystal Palace have scored the fewest (3) and conceded the joint-fewest (3, level with Liverpool) Premier League goals in the opening 30 minutes of matches this season.

Craig Pawson will officiate this fixture, having last refereed a Palace game when Chelsea won 1-0 at Selhurst in December. He will be supported by Lee Betts, Ian Hussin and Andy Woolmer as fourth official.

Team news

The Palace squad has suffered from a few injury knocks this week. Whilst the majority of the team are fit, Roy Hodgson revealed that Connor Wickham, Cheikhou Kouyate, James Tomkins and Julian Speroni are not available for selection. Pape Souare remains absent with a long-term injury.

West Ham are boosted by the return of Marko Arnautovic and Aaron Cresswell, however Manuel Lanzini is still unavailable alongside Andriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid and Jack Wilshere.

Live coverage

This game is not being shown live on TV in the United Kingdom, however you can listen to full commentary of it for just £1.49 via Palace Audio. Click here to find out more.

For all fans living abroad, check out our Worldwide TV listings to see where you can enjoy the game.

Alternatively, if living abroad, why not find out if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you?

Tickets are still available for this clash, though there is a limited amount left. To purchase your place amongst the Selhurst Park crowd, click here now.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United

9 February 2019

Wilfried Zaha bounced back from last week’s disappointment to net an equalising goal and snatch a deserved point for his team as they drew 1-1 with West Ham United.

The Hammers looked the more dangerous in the first half but needed a Mark Noble penalty to get themselves in front, but after the break the momentum switched and after a sustained period of pressure, Palace drew level with 13 minutes to go when Wilfried Zaha saw a shot deflect into the net, helping to redeem himself following his red card against Southampton.

That was the least that his side deserved from the game as Roy Hodgson’s team spurned some great opportunities to score, including one for James McArthur that looked easier to score than miss.

While the Eagles began brightly in terms of possession and territory, the majority of the game’s early chances fell to the Hammers beginning when Michail Antonio slipped in Ryan Fredricks whose snapshot forced Vicente Guaita into a save, and soon after the Spaniard had to make a similar stop to deny Robert Snodgrass scoring his third goal in his last three games against the Eagles.

But in keeping with the end-to-end nature of the opening half, back came Palace and after weaving through midfield to find Zaha on the left, a neat disguised pass handed James McArthur a sight of goal but Lukasz Fabianski got a hand to the effort, leading to an Irons counter-attack ended by brave diving block by Mamadou Sakho to stop Javier Hernandez’s goalbound attempt.

But on 26 minutes the visitors’ pressure paid off. A deflected free-kick fell to Declan Rice who clipped a ball over the defensive line for Antonio, who nicked the ball away from the charging Guaita and was sent sprawling to the turf by the Eagles custodian, allowing Noble to step up and calmly slot the ball down the middle from the spot.

Hodgson’s team nearly found an immediate response when Andros Townsend found Christian Benteke in space and onside and he smacked a fierce drive goalwards which Fabianski did well to push to safety, but apart from when Zaha screwed a shot into the Whitehorse Lane End the rest of the half petered out as the home side struggled to create any further chances.

However the second half was only seven minutes old when a huge opportunity came their way. Patrick van Aanholt played a neat pass that saw three Eagles onside and just Fabianski to beat, and with the ball at his feet and the freedom of Selhurst McArthur did all the hard work to sit the keeper down could simply slot the ball into the far corner, but instead dragged a shot wide as he aimed for the opposite side.  

Despite that huge miss, the Eagles were much more positive in the second 45 and Van Aanholt saw a volley from 25 yards whistle over the crossbar just before the hour-mark, but midway through the half another glorious chance fell Palace’s way when once again Van Aanholt pulled the strings to pick out substitute Michy Batshuayi but he dragged his first-time chance wide of the near post, when once again the far corner was much more inviting.

But on 77 minutes the breakthrough finally arrived for Hodgson’s team when Zaha picked up possession on the edge of the area and managed to squeeze a pass through to McArthur who returned it to the Ivorian international, and he saw his shot deflect off Isa Diop and creep past Fabianski to score in back-to-back appearances.

The winger then almost doubled his tally for the afternoon when he linked up with Max Meyer and aimed for the bottom corner but once again Fabianski produced an excellent save to keep his team level, and ultimately it would be his safe hands and some wayward Palace shooting that saw the teams handed a point apiece.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, Schlupp, McArthur (Meyer 79), Zaha, Benteke (Batshuayi 61). Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Sako, Ayew.

West Ham: Fabianski, Fredricks (Zabaleta 84), Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Antonio (Obiang 73), Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson, Hernandez (Arnautovic 68). Subs not used: Adrian, Masuaku, Diagana, Carroll.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Last Chance to Buy Seats for West Ham Clash Today

9 February 2019

There is a very small number of tickets remaining for Crystal Palace's Premier League London derby with West Ham United today at 15.00, and, by acting fast, you can purchase yours below.

The Eagles will host the Hammers having won their previous two fixtures on home turf and will be boosted by their current form.

West Ham, by contrast, have lost their past four matches on the road.

The London derby is set to be a hotly contested fixture with a packed Selhurst crowd vociferously getting behind Roy Hodgson's men in its usual renowned way, so don't miss out on grabbing your place amongst the atmosphere now. Tickets will not be on sale on the gate, so now is your last chance to buy them before they're gone.

You can do so in all of the usual ways, online here, over the phone on 08712 000071 or in person at the Box Office at Selhurst Park.

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