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Preview: Crystal Palace vs West Ham United

28 October 2017

Having beaten Chelsea the last time they were in SE25, Palace will be aiming to secure back-to-back victories atSelhurst Park for the first time since April against fellow strugglers West Ham United.

Selhurst Park has been a happy hunting ground for the Hammers though, winning all of the last three encounters in south London, which represents their best winning run on Palace soil, while Bilic is unbeaten in his four encounters against the Eagles.

Roy Hodgson will be hoping he can end those stats, and he has good form against the Hammers as he hasn’t tasted defeat against them since January 2009, with his teams scoring 11 times in the subsequent four games.

Slow start for big-spending Hammers

West Ham

A convincing defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion last week has seen the pressure cranked up on Bilic, however the club’s owners have backed the Croatian boss to turn things around after only claiming eight points from their opening nine matches, losing all of the first three.

Scrutiny has been increased after a busy summer in the transfer market, with £37 million spent on Marco Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez as well as bringing in Manchester City duo Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta. However, all have struggled to make an impression, and despite netting three times, Hernandez has failed to have a shot on target in his last three Premier League games.

Morale will have been boosted though as Bilic's team overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Totenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday night to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, with Andre Ayew netting twice.

View from the opposition

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic: "We improved a lot [against Tottenham], the Brighton game aside, and we should use this game as a standard.

"It gives us a lot of confidence going to Crystal Palace on Saturday and we need to use this game, to do the same in training, to do the same to prepare and to do the same on Saturday.

"If we think suddenly everything is OK, then it would be better if we had lost on Wednesday, because we have to be focused and use this opportunity to continue to work hard and sacrifice for the team."

Team news

James McArthur

Roy Hodgson has admitted that James McArthur is struggling to be fit for the game after missing some training this week, and that Chung-yong Lee is set for a scan after picking up a knock in the Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City in midweek.

Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham remain out, while Jason Puncheon is one booking away from a one-match suspension.

Bilic will be sweating over the fitness of Michail Antonio who has a rib injury which forced him to miss the win over Spurs, while James Collins (ankle) and Diafra Sakho (back) are set to also sit out this one.

Matchday officials

Bobby Madley

There is a swift return to Selhurst Park for Bobby Madley, who oversaw the Eagles' 1-0 defeat to Southampton in September. It will be the 11th Palace appointment for him, during which time the Eagles have won just twice.

Madley has officiated eight games in 2017/18, showing 36 yellow cards and four red cards.

Referee: Bobby Madley
Assistant Refs: Marc Perry and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: James Linington

Matchday stats

Manuel Lanzini has scored on all four occasions he has played against Palace, including the winner the last time the sides met at Selhurst Park just over 12 months ago.

Since the start of last season, no Palace player has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League than Wilfried Zaha (eight goals, nine assists).

Javier Hernandez has the fifth-best minutes per goal ratio in Premier League history, with all of his 40 goals coming from within the penalty area.

Since his debut for the club in August 2016, Andre Ayew has been directly involved in more goals than any other West Ham player (10 goals, five assists).

Against Tottenham in midweek, the Hammers scored three goals away from home for the first time since February in all competitions (3-1 victory at Southampton in the Premier League).

Head-to-Head

  Palace wins Draws West Ham wins
League 6 11 15
FA Cup 0 1 2
Play-offs 1 0 0
Total 7 12 17

Ticket Information

A limited amount of tickets are still on sale. Category A prices apply, with all paid members and season ticket holders able to book up to four each.

Book online

Season ticket holders who cannot attend the match can use Twickets to re-sell their seat at face value to fellow season ticket holders and members.

Tickets offered for sale will be sold through the Twickets platform, where they can be purchased safely and securely.

Other matchday information

FANZONE

Club striker Connor Wickham will be in the Fanzone to meet fans and sign autographs from 12.15pm.

The Fanzone opens at 11:00am, and will be serving a range of hot and cold drinks and food. In addition to Connor’s appearance in the Fanzone, there will be a live DJ and opportunities to meet Pete and Alice (club mascots) and the Crystals.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday.


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