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Preview: Crystal Palace v West Ham United

14 October 2016


INTRO
After going between the two international breaks unbeaten by claiming 10 points from four games, Palace will look to continue their fine form when they host West Ham United in Saturday's teatime match.

They will have to improve their recent form against the Hammers to do so, having won just one of their last four matches against the east Londoners.

Last season saw dangermen Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet score in both matches against Palace, but the visitors will have to look out for the red-hot Christian Benteke who has scored six goals in his last five matches for club and country.

However the Eagles go into this one unbeaten in their last five league games, whereas Slaven Bilic's men haven't won in that time, having endured their worst league start since 1988/89 and sit 18th in the table.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Slaven Bilic: “We used the international break to train a bit more with the players who were injured before the last international break. We used this couple of weeks to get them in the state that is required for the Premier League.

“I am happy with the way they trained and I am expecting them to be fit and good. This break gives us two weeks to the next game, the players who were really close are back training with us.

“We went there last season at this stage and we played very well and we won the game 3-1 so hopefully we are going to do the same, although we are expecting a very difficult game.”


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has revealed that Scott Dann will not be fit for this game after he failed to recover from his pulled hamstring in time, but should be back next week and is training once again.

The Palace boss also suggested that Loic Remy should be back in contention around December after his thigh injury, but Pape Souare remains out long-term.

West Ham United: Aaron Cresswell will be included in Bilic's squad for the first time this season after being injured in a friendly in Germany back in the summer.

Havard Nordtveit and striker Jonathan Calleri have also returned to full training following minor injuries, but Gokhan Tore is out for six weeks with a quadricep injury sustained on international duty.

However summer signings Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku are out, as is Andy Carroll who narrowly missed out on recovering in time.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsWest Ham wins
League61113
FA Cup012
League Cup000
Play-Offs100
Total71215


STATS
West Ham have won on each of their last two top-flight visits to Selhurst Park; they've never won three in a row away to Palace in the league.

There has been a sending off in each of the last three top-flight clashes between these two sides (Kouyate in Apr 2016, Gayle in Oct 2015 and Murray in Feb 2015).

Since Christian Benteke's Premier League debut in September 2012, only Olivier Giroud (also 19) has scored as many headed goals in the competition as the Belgian striker.

Palace have now gone seven games without a London derby win in the Premier League (W0 D2 L5), the longest run of any current top-flight club.

Jason Puncheon has created more goalscoring chances than any other Premier League player in the opening seven matchdays of the 2016-17 season (24).


OFFICIALS

Martin Atkinson has been appointed referee for this contest, and it is his first Palace game since the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in January. He was the man in the middle for the Eagles' 2013 Championship play-off final triumph over Watford, and has shown 16 yellow cards in his seven Premier League matches so far this season.

Referee: M Atkinson
Assistants: P Kirkup and E Smart
Fourth Official: B Madley


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

17th October 2015
Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United
Premier League

West Ham moved into third in the Premier League thanks to two late goals against 10-man Crystal Palace.

The Hammers went in front through Carl Jenkinson, before Yohan Cabaye made it 1-1 with a twice-taken penalty.

Dwight Gayle, who won the penalty, was shown a second yellow just before the break for a foul on Cheikhou Kouyate.

With two minutes left Manuel Lanzini drove in before Dimitri Payet dinked his effort over Wayne Hennessey to seal victory for the Hammers.


TICKETS
Tickets for this match are sold out.


LIVE COVERAGE
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