Competition: Premier League – West Ham vs Crystal Palace
Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, February 28th – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: West Ham 1/1 – Draw 23/10 – Crystal Palace 14/5
The Hammers will be looking forward to returning home after three successive away games in the Premier League and FA Cup but need to pick up their form at Upton Park, having only won one of their last four league games in front of their own fans.
Palace have played their last three games at Selhurst Park without winning and might be glad to be back on the road, having not lost an away game in the league in four now.
West Ham responded well to their 4-0 FA Cup thrashing at West Brom by racing into a 2-0 lead at Tottenham last Sunday but they will have been left devastated by Harry Kane’s late equaliser as they had to settle for a point.
After such an encouraging start to the season, Sam Allardyce has watched his side taste victory in just one of their last nine league games and they are without a win in four now.
Crystal Palace lost 2-1 to Arsenal last Saturday but played well in that game and will be looking to make it three away league wins on the bounce as they make the short trip to West Ham.
The reverse fixture back in August saw West Ham beat Palace 3-1 but former Hammers manager Alan Pardew has since been brought in to try and keep the Eagles safe and he knows he needs to keep putting points on the board.
Palace are just five points above the relegation zone in thirteenth and will want to get at least a point in Saturday’s key clash. West Ham are sitting in eighth but any European hopes look to be fading rapidly.
Andy Carroll is expected to miss the rest of the season as he recently underwent knee surgery and fellow forward Carlton Cole joins him on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in the draw at Spurs. Morgan Amalfitano will also miss out through suspension while new arrival Nene is not expected to start but could make his debut off the bench.
Alan Pardew has a few injury concerns ahead of the game. Jerome Thomas and Jonathan Williams will miss the trip while Lee Chung-Yong, Marouane Chamakh, Yaya Sanogo, Mile Jedinak and Fraizer Campbell are all doubts. James McArthur missed last week’s game against Arsenal but should return to the side for the game against West Ham.
West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/D/D/D
Crystal Palace’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: West Ham have only won one of their last nine in the Premier League in a poor run of form.
Key Player: Cheikhou Kouyate – The versatile defensive midfielder scored the opening goal at White Hart Lane last week and also netted in West Ham’s last home game against Manchester United three weeks ago. He will be key for the Hammers once again.
West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace – West Ham have drawn their last three in the league and that will become four as there is not much to separate these two. Both will set-up to avoid defeat and it should make for a tight game.