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Preview: West Ham United v Crystal Palace

30 January 2018

After a 10-day gap between matches, a refreshed Palace head east across the capital to take on West Ham United at the London Stadium on Tu

Despite crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of League One Wigan Athletic on Saturday, the Hammers' league form has improved dramatically since David Moyes' appointment in November, having won four and drawn five of his 15 Premier League matches at the helm.

They have also gone five matches without defeat in the division, winning two and drawing three, but a crippling injury list over recent weeks has made Moyes' task harder ahead of Palace's second visit to the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Hammers enjoying unbeaten start to 2018


West Ham's performances in their last five games have led them to sixth spot in the form table, and they are unbeaten in the Premier League since the turn of the year. That began with an Andy Carroll double to beat West Bromwich Albion, before Pedro Obiang's stunner earned a point at Tottenham Hotspur. 

A crushing 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town followed that up, before Javier Hernandez quickly cancelled out Bournemouth's opener to get a draw in their last league encounter.

Cup progress was made at the expense of Shrewsbury Town after a replay, but a Will Grigg double ended their FA Cup run at the fourth round three days ago and condemn Moyes to his first defeat of 2018.

View From The Opposition

David Moyes

David Moyes: "When I came here every game was a must win. Then we had big games with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, and got points. I suppose we go into this game in the same way - a must-win. Football in the Premier League is that way now. I think it will be a tough game for both teams.

"We've moved out from the bottom three and we're up the table. The job now is to move into the top half is possible. But Roy has done a top job at Palace. He's got them going in the right direction. It's a tough game for us, but also for them as well."

Team News

Mamadou Sakho

Roy Hodgson has revealed that Mamadou Sakho has returned to training after a calf injury and could be included in the matchday squad, and Joel Ward is also fully fit and back in contention after a groin problem. Yohan Cabaye's issue with his ankle has also been overcome.

New signings Jaroslaw Jach and Erdal Rakip are available, however, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham are out.

Joao Mario arrived from Inter Milan last week and looks set to feature, especially as Obiang, Carroll, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio and Winston Reid are all unavailable through injury. There are also doubts over Mark Noble and Andre Ayew's fitness.

Meanwhile, Arthur Masuaku has been banned for six matches for spitting at an opponent duing the loss at Wigan, while Diafra Sakho has joined Rennes on a permanent deal.

Matchday Officials

Neil Swarbrick

It's a second Palace appointment of the season for Neil Swarbrick, who oversaw the Eagles' 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in September. He also oversaw the corresponding fixture last term that saw West Ham run out 3-0 victors - the first time in five league visits to the Hammers that Palace have lost.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Refs: Adrian Holmes and Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

Matchday Stats

  • The Eagles have lost just three of their last 15 league games, with all of those defeats coming in London derbies; two against Arsenal and one versus Tottenham.
  • West Ham could remain unbeaten in their opening five top-flight matches of a calendar year for the first time since 1974.
  • Their last six league games have produced 23 goals.
  • David Moyes has won six of his nine league matches as a manager against Roy Hodgson, including victories in all four home fixtures.
  • Palace's only victory in their nine most recent Premier League away London derbies came at Chelsea in April 2017.
  • The Eagles have lost back-to-back away matches in all competitions, having been unbeaten in the previous five on the road.
  • Luka Milivojevic has scored in three successive Premier League away games - no Palace player has ever scored in four in a row.


  Palace wins Draws West Ham wins
League 6 12 15
FA Cup 0 1 2
League Cup 0 0 0
Play-offs 1 0 0
Total 7 13 17

Matchday Information 

Tickets for away fans are sold out.

Check out the matchday guide for all you need to know visiting the London Stadium this evening. 

Live Coverage

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

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