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Preview: West Ham United v Crystal Palace

1 April 2016


INTRO
Palace were unable to stop the rot going into the international break, losing 1-0 to Premier League leaders at Leicester City at Selhurst Park last time out.

That means the Eagles' winless run is now at 13 top-flight games ahead of this Saturday's trip to West Ham United, who have been in impressive form.

Two of this season's early surprises, West Ham have kicked on and challenged for Champions League football whilst Palace's fortunes have suffered. It looks set to be an interesting match up given the contrasting forms of the two sides.

OPPOSITION VIEW


Slaven Bilic: "Some players went to play international games, we are still not back totally and that is why this game against Crystal Palace is coming too soon.

"I'm not happy because we will not be all on the pitch, some of the guys are coming back tomorrow, this game on Saturday is worrying. It is not ideal but we will have to get back immediately into the shape that we were before the international break."

TEAM NEWS

West Ham: Sam Byram and James Collins will not recover in time to feature for the Hammers, while fellow defender James Tomkins could be fit in time.

Long-term absentee Carl Jenkinson is still sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has revealed Mile Jedinak, Yohan Cabaye and Emmanuel Adebayor all returned from international duty with knocks, casting doubt over their respective inclusions on Saturday.

Connor Wickham's recovery is going well and he is expected to be playing football next week whilst James McArthur is still out.

HEAD TO HEAD
Palace wins
Draws
West Ham wins
League
61013
League Cup
100
FA Cup
012
Total
71115

STATS

The last three Barclays Premier League meetings between West Ham United and Crystal Palace have ended as 3-1 away wins.

The two sides have met nine times in the BPL, with both teams winning four and drawing one.

Yohan Cabaye has scored three goals in his last two top-flight outings against West Ham.

Crystal Palace have won just one of their six league London derbies this season (W1 L5).


OFFICIALS



Mark Clattenburg takes charge of this one, having refereed 31 Premier League matches already this season. 


During that time he has handed out 72 yellow cards, five reds and awarded 11 penalties. The last time he officiated a Palace game, against Stoke City in the FA Cup, the Eagles won 1-0.


Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Assistants: S Beck, J Collin

Fourth Official: D Whitestone


LAST MEETING AT UPTON PARK



28th February 2015

West Ham United 1-3 Crystal Palace

Premier League


Glenn Murray returned to the starting eleven with a well taken brace before being sent off for a second bookable offence. Scott Dann grabbed the other of Palace's three, whilst Enner Valencia netted a consolation for the Hammers.


TICKETS

This match is SOLD OUT.


LIVE COVERAGE

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


There will also be live updates on the club's official Twitter account - @CPFC.


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