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Palace Preview: Eagles face tough task in east London

4 October 2019

Crystal Palace’s recent journeys to east London have led to bruising battles and this week Roy Hodgson’s men will face a West Ham United side in fine form.

After their opening day 5-0 defeat to current champions Manchester City, West Ham are unbeaten in the league - notching three wins and three draws from their seven games this season.

However, following a 4-0 defeat to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup, West Ham may have seen their confidence knocked somewhat and could only manage a 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth last Saturday despite having taken the lead in the 10th minute.

Palace can also take positives from the Hammers’ record in the capital, with no side losing more London derbies than them in the top flight. 

But Manuel Pellegrini’s men are undoubtedly enjoying a purple patch at the moment and the two in-form sides will be well matched in the clash at the London Stadium.

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Palace’s last outing in east London was a frustrating afternoon for Roy Hodgson’s squad, losing 3-2 after taking the lead through James McArthur within six minutes. 

The Hammers equalised, however, and eventually took the lead through Javier Hernández before Felipe Anderson bagged the hosts’ third. Jeffrey Schlupp pulled one back with 15 minutes of play to go, though the Eagles were unable to stage an impressive comeback.

Did you know?

Since Palace returned the Premier League in 2013-14, no side has won more penalties than them in the competition (46), and West Ham have given away the most in that time (39). There has been a penalty awarded in three of the last four league meetings between the two sides.

Tactical overview

West Ham tend to line-up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Declan Rice playing between the midfield and defence, allowing attacking talent such as Manuel Lanzini, Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko to flourish.

They are often supported by another solid presence in Mark Noble, who can form a defensive pairing with Rice to allow his attack-minded teammates to press forward on the offensive. 

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This ability to protect the back four has seen West Ham concede just nine times this season - considerably less than Arsenal and Chelsea and the same amount as Tottenham Hotspur.

But only two teams can boast a better defensive record than Palace, who have leaked on just seven occasions this season - four of those coming in one game. Manchester City and Manchester United have also conceded seven alongside Sheffield United, with only Liverpool and Leicester City having let in fewer.

Team news

Against Norwich City last Saturday, the Eagles were without Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham. This week, captain Luka Milivojevic will be unavailable after picking up five yellow cards to earn a one-match suspension.

Pellegrini has revealed that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is unavailable due to a hip injury which may require surgery. Michail Antonio has been sidelined since the end of August with a hamstring injury and is now recovering from surgery.

Centre-back Winston Reid is a long-term absentee, having suffered a serious knee injury 18 months ago. He currently remains out of action.

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Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Season Pass for £38, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month, or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the West Ham clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Report: Palace comeback sealed by late drama

West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace

5 October 2019

Crystal Palace buried the ghosts of their recent record in east London this evening, pulling themselves from behind to win 2-1 over an in-form West Ham United.

Summary

  • Gary Cahill captains the side with James McCarthy starting in place of the suspended Luka Milivojevic
  • After an uneventful start, both sides unnerve the other but fail to break the deadlock
  • Half time: 0-0
  • West Ham take the lead through Sebastien Haller
  • Palace pull it back through a Patrick van Aanholt penalty eight minutes later
  • After seeing his goal disallowed, Jordan Ayew wins it for Palace with VAR awarding the effort upon review
  • Full time: West Ham 1-2 Palace

Despite a gladiatorial build-up to kick-off and in stark contrast to its concluding drama, this evening’s game began at a steady pace with West Ham enjoying the lion’s share of possession.

Seemingly happy to soak-up the home side’s pressure in the opening 10 minutes, Crystal Palace emanated confidence from the off, appearing assured by their solid start to the season.

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With calm, passing passages linking the back four, midfield and spearhead of Jordan Ayew, Palace looked comfortable in defence and composed in attack - with a succession of back heels cooly connecting Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp.

The Eagles’ settled approach almost bore fruit having lulled the hosts into switching off, causing fans in London Stadium to collectively hold their breath when Joel Ward broke into the box on the end of a James McArthur loft across the field.

Beating Felipe Anderson to the byline, Ward - who today celebrates his 200th league appearance for Palace - poked a dangerous ball across the face of goal, however no one in white was alert enough to the sudden threat and the cross went unanswered.

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After a nondescript opening half an hour where neither side enjoyed a clear-cut chance, the game burst into life with Andriy Yarmolenko overtaking Martin Kelly into the visitors’ box. 

Squaring the ball, Yarmolenko seemed to have secured the Hammers’ opening goal, but the split-second reactions of Vicente Guaita forced Sebastien Haller’s point-blank shot from the goal line and kept the score level.

With momentum carrying them, West Ham went on the offensive against a dazed Palace side and only failed to take the lead due to a profligate Anderson.

The first chance the Brazilian squandered saw the ball spoon across the penalty area as Anderson struck from eight yards and then, barely a minute later, a relieved Guaita enveloped the ball from the No.8’s soft diving header.

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After a nervy spell on the back foot, Palace regained their composure.

And so it was to the other end of the pitch, the Eagles back in the game’s driving seat - Wilfried Zaha the man at the wheel. Jinking his way to the byline, the Ivorian fooled the home defence to feed Schlupp masterfully.

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Reacting in tight space and with little time, Schlupp could only thud the ball softly from his boot so, with it sailing towards the net, Ryan Fredericks had time to race back and launch the goal-bound effort to safety.

East London was to hold its breath again shortly after when Anderson sent a testing cross into Palace’s six-yard box. In an awkward position, Gary Cahill stretched and struck the ball away, however his half-clearance cannoned off the unaware Haller before ricocheting to safety off a similarly oblivious Guaita.

Closing out the evening’s first exchanges, James McCarthy tried his luck from distance with an outswinging drive being pushed away by Roberto, who had until then been inactive.

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On Michael Oliver’s whistle, though, the game remained locked.

Returning for the second-half, West Ham wasted another chance to take the lead when the ball bounced off Ward’s thigh to Angelo Ogbonna in the box. Possibly the wrong man in the right place, the centre-back struck over from six yards out.

But the Hammers weren’t to miss another golden opportunity and eventually took the lead through Haller, who had looked troubling throughout the game.

With Yarmolenko feeding Fredericks on the right-wing, Haller had only to prod home from close range following the fullback’s cross and Palace found themselves a goal down.

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But the Eagles wouldn’t be behind for long and when Declan Rice raised his arm in the box, Oliver was forced into awarding a penalty.

In the absence of captain, midfielder and designated penalty taker Luka Milivojevic, Palace instead relied upon Cahill, McCarthy and Van Aanholt, the latter of the three embodying Milivojevic’s precision from 12 yards and striking sweetly into the bottom left corner.

The Eagles deserved their renewed grip on the game and, with the copper smog of a flare settling around the stadium, the chilled east London evening heated up enticingly. 

Late drama seemed inevitable and the tension of London Stadium built steadily. Fittingly, drama was only seconds away.

The Eagles may have thought they were low on luck minutes from full time when Ayew buried into the back of the net only for his effort to be disallowed.

But after a lengthy VAR review, the officials adjudged Ayew to have been onside and the visiting section of London Stadium erupted, their determined side having taken the lead.

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With barely minutes on the clock, Guaita cushioned his gloves around a dying-seconds Haller effort and with the catch, Crystal Palace had pulled off a remarkable comeback.

West Ham: Roberto, Cresswell (Zabaleta 84), Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Noble, Rice, Yarmolenko (Wilshere 78), Anderson, Lanzini (Fornals 68), Haller.

Subs not used: Martin, Balbuena, Snodgrass, Ajeti.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Schlupp, McArthur, McCarthy (Townsend 81), Kouyate, Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 90).

Subs not used: Hennessey, Tomkins, Dann, Camarasa, Meyer.

Catch full post-match reaction for free on Palace TV! Head there by clicking here or 'Palace TV' in your app.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: West Ham away on sale now

27 August 2019

Tickets for Palace's clash against West Ham United on 5th October (kick off 5:30pm) are now on sale.

The game will be the Eagles' sixth consecutive match played in London.

Selling order

10am Tuesday 27th August: Season Ticket holders and paid Members with 3,000+ Loyalty Points

10am Wednesday 28th August: Season Ticket holders – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Thursday 29th August: Members – No Loyalty Points requirement

One ticket per client reference.

10am Friday 30th August: Season Ticket holders and Members can book an additional ticket (maximum of two tickets)

Prices

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £25

Under-21s: £25

Coach travel

2:30pm departure from Selhurst Park

£17 per ticket

You can buy your tickets online by clicking here, by calling 0871 200 0071 or by visiting the Box Office at Selhurst Park.

Please note, Away Season Ticket holders can purchase their tickets now.

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