Crystal Palace vs West Ham Preview
Watch Crystal Palace vs West Ham Preview, as Crystal Palace had a meetings in a premier league contest at Selhurst park. As Crystal palace is in the 13th position of the points table, While West Ham Is on the 15th position of the points table.
A few eyebrows were raised when Roy Hodgson made several alterations to a hitherto unbeaten Palace side under his wing, and his decisions failed to pay dividends at Molineux, where an unfortunate Joachim Andersen own goal put the Eagles on the back foot after just three minutes.
The visitors’ attempt to break down Jose Sa in the Wolves goal proved fruitless, and the Portuguese’s opposite number Sam Johnstone was then penalised for a high tackle on Pedro Neto in second-half injury time, allowing Ruben Neves to put the result beyond any doubt from 12 yards.
From creating chances for fun to going scoreless in each of their last two games, Hodgson’s new manager bounce appears to be waning for Palace, but the mini boost provided by the 75-year-old has propelled the 12th-placed Eagles away from danger, sitting eight points clear of the drop zone with five games left to play.
The hosts will not be able to confirm their top-flight status this weekend, but Hodgson is on the brink of achieving what he set out to do when he took the reins for a second time, and Palace have proven to be a very tough nut to crack at Selhurst Park recently.
Indeed, the Eagles have suffered just one home defeat from their seven in the Premier League – a 1-0 reverse to Manchester City – but another five games in that sequence have ended in draws, the outlier being their dramatic 2-1 win over Leicester City in Hodgson’s homecoming.
Team News and Injury
Palace centre-back Andersen cannot consign Tuesday night to history quickly enough, as the Dane was brought off at half time with discomfort, although Hodgson has not ruled out his chances of featuring in Saturday’s derby.
Neither Wilfried Zaha (groin) nor Nathaniel Clyne (knee) were passed fit for the trip to Molineux, but the pair should train with the team ahead of Saturday and could apply for places in the squad. Nathan Ferguson is a long-term absentee, however.
Hodgson opted for a complete midfield reshuffle against Wolves, but Cheick Doucoure and Jeffrey Schlupp should both return to the engine room here, while Chris Richards made just his fourth Premier League start of the season last time out but could now cede his place to Joel Ward.
As for West Ham, Moyes should once again be working with just the one absentee in Gianluca Scamacca, who is on the long road to recovery after knee surgery, but Moyes conceded earlier this month that he was not entirely sure what the procedure entailed.
Despite coming through the loss to Liverpool unscathed, Moyes’s side have fewer than 72 hours to recover for this lunchtime kickoff, so the visiting manager will certainly be tempted to introduce some fresh legs at both ends of the field.
Thilo Kehrer and Emerson Palmieri could come into the conversation for starts in defence, while Danny Ings and Pablo Fornals can feel hopeful of displacing Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma in the final third.
Crystal palace vs West head-to-head stats
West Ham United have a good record against Crystal Palace and have won 25 out of the 65 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Crystal Palace’s 17 victories.
Crystal Palace won the reverse fixture by a narrow 2-1 margin and will be looking to complete a Premier League double over West Ham United for only the third time in their history.
West Ham United have lost only one of their last eight away games against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, with the last two such games ending in 3-2 victories for the Hammers.
Crystal Palace have not kept a clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League matches against West Ham United but have found the back of the net in each of their last 11 such games.
Crystal Palace have picked up only five points from their nine Premier League London derbies this season but won their only such game against West Ham United
Crystal palace vs West Ham Prediction
Returning midfield regulars and an extra day’s rest will no doubt be of benefit to Palace, who could receive a significant boost with the possible return of Zaha, but Hodgson’s side have lost their golden touch in front of goal and have not been renowned for prolific performances at Selhurst Park this year anyway.
A raft of changes on the visiting end could also disrupt West Ham’s momentum, although Moyes’s side have had few problems taking their chances during their springtime surge and have enough firepower in their ranks to come away with all the spoils – closing the gap on Palace to just one point in the process.