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Preview: Crystal Palace v West Ham United

16 October 2015

Palace return from the international break looking to pick up where they left off, having won their last three games against Charlton Athletic, Watford and West Bromwich Albion.

However they come up against a West Ham side who also find themselves in the top six having failed to lose on their travels this season, and have been vastly improved since the arrivals of Slaven Bilic and Dimitri Payet.

The playmaker has scored four goals and assisted three so far this term, and will be a danger to the Palace defence who will be looking to win a second successive home league game for the first time since they beat Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City in April.

Alan Pardew will also come up against his former side, having managed the Hammers between 2003 and 2006 where he guided them back into the Premier League and helped them to an FA Cup final.


Slaven Bilic: "They are good in every department, they are compact but also great on the counter attack. They have great players who can make an impact instantly, out of nothing, so we need to aware of that. 

"They have a good squad depth, and every player likes to get on the ball and get behind the defence. Great credit to Alan Pardew, he’s done a great job and Palace are now a very dangerous and difficult team to play. 

"I’m sure it’ll be a great game and a very difficult test for us."


Crystal Palace: Having had a fortnight off, Pardew has been boosted with the returns of Damien Delaney, Mile Jedinak, Chung-yong Lee and Jordon Mutch from their various injuries.

However Connor Wickham (calf) and Joel Ward (knee) remain out, as well as Marouane Chamakh who has scored Palace's goals in the last two home games against the Hammers.

West Ham United: Defenders Aaron Cresswell (knock) and Winston Reid (thigh) are struggling to be fit for this game, and will be assessed in the build-up.

Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia featured in a behind closed doors friendly last week and could play some part, but Alex Song is another two weeks away from a return.

Angelo Ogbonna won't feature after picking up a hamstring injury against Newcastle United last month.

The last time Palace had more points after eight games in a top-flight season (15 this season) was in 1990/91 (16 points) when they finished third.

15 of the 18 goals in games featuring the Eagles this season have come after half-time (both scored and conceded).

No player has made more interceptions this season than Yohan Cabaye (30, level with Jordan Amavi).

West Ham, unbeaten in four on the road, have not gone five Premier League away games without defeat since January 2009 (7).

The Hammers also have the best shot conversion rate in the top-flight this season (23%).


This game will see Mark Clattenburg take charge of the teams. He has dished out 22 yellow cards this season and one red - to John Terry against West Bromwich Albion. He took charge of the corresponding game last season that saw West Ham win 3-1, as well as the 2-2 draw at West Brom and home defeats to Arsenal and Hull City.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: S Beck and J Collin
Fourth Official: O Langford

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24th August 2014
Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United
Premier League

Crystal Palace's turbulent start to the new season continued as they were beaten comfortably by West Ham United at Selhurst Park.

Mauro Zarate scored a spectacular debut goal and Stewart Downing added a second before half-time to put Sam Allardyce's side in control as the Eagles' caretaker manager Keith Millen watched his players struggle.

Marouane Chamakh offered some hope for Palace when he pulled a goal back after the restart but Carlton Cole quickly re-established West Ham's supremacy and they closed out a fully deserved win.

Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT.


At the bar concourses around the stadium the club are offering a pre-match special as you can buy a burger and a pint for just £5. These will be open from 1.30pm. 
(Offer excludes the Giant Killer Burger.)

Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click here to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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