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Preview: West Ham United v Crystal Palace

27 February 2015



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ABOUT
Palace look to chalk up their fifth successive away win in all competitions as they travel east to West Ham United, who have won just one of their last nine Premier League games but boast a formidable home record, losing just once in their last 11 games on their own turf.

The Eagles did the double over their London rivals last season, but Sam Allardyce's side are looking to complete their first double over Palace since 1972/73 after winning 3-1 at Selhurst Park in August.

Palace have won four of the last seven encounters between the two sides but have tasted success at the Bolyen Ground just twice in their history, but should they avoid defeat they would set a club record of five successive away trips without defeat.

Their tally of 27 points from 26 games matches their best ever return at this stage of a Premier League season, having also achieved this in 1994/95.


TEAM NEWS
West Ham United: Allardyce is set to hand new signing Nene a place on the bench with the Hammers without Andy Carroll (knee) and Carlton Cole (hamstring).

The Brazilian, 33, arrived on a free transfer a couple of weeks ago to fill in in Carroll's absence, and has featured for Paris St Germain and Monaco in his career. He was also Ligue 1's top scorer in 2012/13 and had been playing in Qatar before he became a free-agent.

Morgan Amalfitano is suspended after picking up a red card in their FA Cup exit to West Bromwich Albion.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has confirmed that Fraizer Campbell will be out for five to six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in last weekend's defeat to Arsenal.

Campbell joins fellow Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh on the injury list, but James McArthur is fit again after a thigh strain.

Mile Jedinak is also back in contention for a starting spot after remaining on the bench against the Gunners, and Yannick Bolasie is pushing for his first league start since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: M Dean
Assistants: D England and S Long
Fourth Official: K Friend


HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
West Ham winsDrawsPalace wins
League12105
FA Cup210
Play-Offs001
Total14116


LAST MEETING AT UPTON PARK

19th April 2014
West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace
Premier League

A second-half Mile Jedinak penalty was enough to give Palace a fifth-straight Premier League victory at the expense of West Ham to mathematically seal their spot in the top flight next season.

The Aussie fired home the spot-kick after Cameron Jerome had been felled in the box by Pablo Armero as Tony Pulis' side deservedly picked up another three points to continue their remarkable form at the end of this season.

Watch highlights here on Palace Player.


TICKETS
Tickets are still available in the Palace end for this game, kicking off at 12.45pm, for season ticket holders and members.  
Adults £43
Concessions (Over 65s & under 16s) £25

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets or you can call the box office on 08712 00 00 71.

For information on Upton Park, including directions, check out our guide here.


BETTING
West Ham United to win: 1/1
Draw: 13/10
Crystal Palace to win: 14/5
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 

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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Upton Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up. 

You can also make predictions and debate the game at Sport Lobster here


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