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Palace Preview: In-form Hammers clash bound to produce goals

26 January 2021

After three consecutive away games, it’s a return to Selhurst Park for Palace as they welcome high-flying West Ham United to south London on Tuesday, 26th January.

The start of the year provided a tough test for the Eagles, securing a hard-fought point at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal in-between tough trips to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City.

Returning to south London for the first time in three weeks means an opportunity to build on positive recent results at home, drawing with Leicester City and beating Sheffield United.

However, West Ham arrive in superb form. Unbeaten in five league games – winning their last three – they sit seventh in the table, just two points behind champions Liverpool in fourth.

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David Moyes’ side have put in some impressive performances away from home, beating Leicester 3-0 at the King Power Stadium, and scoring three times in the final 10 minutes to rescue a point at Tottenham Hotspur.

Contests between these two sides normally guarantees goals. Neither side has kept a clean sheet against the other in the past seven meetings.

The last top-flight goalless draw between the pair was almost 50 years ago at Upton Park in March 1970 – Palace kept a clean sheet that day against a West Ham side containing Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore.

In recent years it hasn’t simply been goals, but goals of the highest quality. The reverse fixture this season saw Christian Benteke’s opener cancelled out by a stunning overhead kick from Sebastien Haller, while Jordan Ayew’s last minute wondergoal was one which Roy Hodgson proclaimed would “live long in the memory”.

The fixture is always a meaningful one for James Tomkins, who made more than 200 appearances for West Ham in a 20-year spell from the youth academy to the first team. Cheikhou Kouyate will also be familiar with the opposition, after four years with the Hammers before moving to south London.

Match details

  • Tuesday, 26th January
  • 18:00 GMT
  • Selhurst Park
  • BT Sport

Tactical overview

West Ham are enjoying their best start to a Premier League season in the last 10 years, sitting 13 points better off than they were at this stage last season. Much of that improvement can be put down to their defensive record, having conceded 22 goals, 10 fewer than after 19 games in the previous campaign.

The Hammers can also rely on a potent attacking unit. Nine of their Premier League goals, a third of their total, have been scored in the final 15 minutes of games, including three against Spurs. Manuel Lanzini will be a familiar threat, having scored four times against the Eagles - however, he has failed to find the net in their past four meetings.

Did you know?

Palace are unbeaten in their last four league games against West Ham (W2 D2), their longest unbeaten streak against the Hammers in the competition.

Only Fulham (1) have picked up fewer points in Premier League London derbies so far this season than West Ham (5 – W1 D2 L2), who have lost five of their last six away London derby matches, drawing the other.

Jordan Ayew has scored four goals against West Ham, all on different grounds – Villa Park with Aston Villa (December 2015), Liberty Stadium with Swansea (March 2018), London Stadium with Palace (October 2019 and Selhurst Park with Palace (December 2019).

Team news

Roy Hodgson will continue to monitor the progress of Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho, both of whom have been sidelined in recent games through injury. Wilfried Zaha returned to first-team training after missing the match at Manchester City, but James Tomkins will miss out.

David Moyes made eight changes for his sides' convinving FA Cup win against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, meaning he can recall a number of rested players for the trip to south London. The only long-term absentee is full-back Arthur Masuaku, who remains out after undergoing knee surgery.

How to follow

On TV

Palace v West Ham will be shown live in the UK via BT Sport. Full details can be found here.

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy 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 all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Hammers 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.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham United

26 January 2021

Crystal Palace fell to a 2-3 defeat against West Ham United on Tuesday evening despite Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi's early and late goals, ending a solid run of results against the in-form east Londoners.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the side which faced Manchester City
  • Wilfried Zaha earns Palace an early lead with a sharp strike after two minutes
  • West Ham pull level at the first opportunity, with Tomas Soucek heading past Vicente Guaita
  • Soucek nets a second on the end of Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick before Michail Antonio hits the post
  • West Ham enjoy a dominant spell after going ahead
  • Half-time: Crystal Palace 1-2 West Ham United
  • Palace again look bright at the start of the second-half
  • Guaita makes an excellent stop to deny Antonio
  • Craig Dawson nets West Ham’s third from a corner
  • Michy Batshuayi pulls one back in the 97th-minute, but it's too late for Palace
  • Full-time: Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham United

Crystal Palace’s record against West Ham United meant their Tuesday evening clash provided them with something to protect, and this success against the east Londoners began earlier than ever at a drizzly Selhurst Park.

The Eagles surged forward from kick-off, pinning West Ham back with an urgent energy. This approach bore fruit after just two-and-a-half minutes when Christian Benteke fed Wilfried Zaha on the edge of the box.

Taking one touch, Zaha found space and a tight gap between him and the net and, instinctively, fired low and hard into the sliver left exposed. 

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It was almost too easy a storyline for the Ivorian: returning to the lineup as top scorer and talisman and earning the advantage in style at the first chance.

But West Ham were not willing to read the script and, despite Palace’s pressure, managed to find an equaliser shortly afterwards. Pablo Fornals lofted the ball into space for Michail Antonio to run-on to.

The forward met the ball at the byline, flicked it to his right and watched as Tomas Soucek headed past Vicente Guaita from a matter of yards.

The equaliser slowed the game’s tempo somewhat after a break-neck start but Palace retained the upper-hand, with Zaha’s through-ball to Eberechi Eze overhit and James McArthur’s hard-fought cross caught by ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

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The Eagles began to gradually cede ground to their guests, however, and the visitors enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy from the 25th-minute. Their newfound dominance began by taking the lead; Soucek again netting from close range on the end of Aaron Cresswell’s testing free-kick. 

Antonio hit the post seconds later following a lapse in defensive focus and Palace were dealt a stark, prolonged warning. The frontman again sounded the alarm by thwacking the frame for a second time, this time turning Cresswell's drilled ball against the woodwork.

Palace managed to avoid conceding further as the first-half drew to a close but knew they had to rediscover their earlier energy to enjoy any success after returning.

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As in the first-half, this success almost came immediately through Zaha, however on this occasion the No.11 was denied when one-on-one with Fabianski, with the goalkeeper blocking two efforts at close range. 

The Eagles continued to mirror their opening display, pushing with intent and striving to play the ball forward when allowed. 

At the other end of the pitch and despite his teammates’ re-energised efforts, Guaita pulled off the second-half’s most impressive moment, denying Antonio from five yards with an astonishing reflex block.

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If misfortune was all that kept Antonio from a first-half goal, this time was sheer excellence. The Spaniard pulled off another more routine stop with his legs shortly after to keep his side in the game, however he could not keep the Hammers out indefinitely. 

With the game frustratingly close, Craig Dawson rose to meet Jarrod Bowen’s corner and powered the ball into the net to, seemingly, secure West Ham’s victory.

Palace were not going to fade without a fight, however, and came close as Michy Batshuayi stretched towards the ball in the box and Zaha fired over from distance.

They continued to carve-out chances as Zaha and McArthur shot behind, with their teammates sustaining their drive until the 96th-minute.

Batshuayi epitomised Palace's determination when he broke through on goal, held himself upright under pressure and slotted home for his side's second, but ultimately his effort was to no avail, and the final whistle brought the Eagles' bright run against the Hammers to a close.

Palace: Guaita, Mitchell, Cahill, Kouyate, Ward, Milivojevic (Riedewald 73), McArthur, Eze, Townsend (Batshuayi 66), Zaha, Benteke (Ayew 73).

Subs not used: Butland, Van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Kelly, McCarthy.

West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Dawson, Ogbonna, Coufal, Rice, Fornals, Soucek, Benrahma (Noble 87), Bowen (Fredericks 81), Antonio (Yarmolenko 83).

Subs not used: Martin, Balbuena, Diop, Johnson, Odubeko, Lanzini.

To watch free highlights and post-match reaction from this clash, head over to Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app.

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