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Preview: West Ham United v Palace

18 April 2014


Having strung together four straight Premier League wins for the first time since 1994, Palace take their 40-point haul to Upton Park on Saturday aiming to pick up as many points as possible to finish a fantastic first season back in the top flight in style.

Wednesday night's win against Everton saw the Eagles leapfrog the Hammers into 11th place in the table and third in the form league having taken 13 points from their last six encounters. Sam Allardyce's men though have only taken six in the same period and their league position sees them one place below us going into the game. 

The east-Londoners were also in action in midweek as they fell 3-1 away to Arsenal but their home form is much more impressive having won four of their last six at Upton Park.


West Ham United: George McCartney is back fit and will be hoping to regain his place ahead of Pablo Armero at left-back, and Kevin Nolan could also return after missing the Arsenal game with a hamstring injury.

James Collins was also absent in midweek with a calf ailment but if he shrugs it off he could take Winston Reid's spot.

Joey O'Brien is back in training after dislocating his shoulder but this game will come too soon for him, as well as Marco Borriello who has a calf injury.

Crystal Palace: Kagisho Dikgacoi missed the trip to Merseyside with a hamstring strain but could be fit enough to return on Saturday if Tony Pulis decides to shuffle his pack.

Marouane Chamakh and Yannick Bolasie will also have late checks on their fitness as they have had slight knocks since the midweek win. 


Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistants: R West & S Massey

Fourth Official: R Madley

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Back in West Ham's last season in the Championship in 2011/12 they hosted the Eagles in February 2012 who had been unbeaten in their previous four games.

However the game finished goalless with Hammers keeper Robert Green pulling off a couple of good saves to deny Wilfried Zaha, and Julian Speroni doing likewise to prevent Sam Baldock from netting.

From that encounter only Speroni, Mile Jedinak, Glenn Murray and Jonathan Parr featured in the Everton win on Wednesday, with Kagisho Dikgacoi, Paddy McCarthy, Lewis Price and Stuart O'Keefe also named in the matchday 16 that day.


Palace have sold out their allocation of tickets for this game.

Coach travel is being provided for this game, costing £10 and departing from Selhurst Park at 12.30pm.


West Ham: 6/5

Draw: 23/10

Palace: 9/4

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