Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Ham

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Ham

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, October 15 – 17:30 BST (12:30 EDT)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – West Ham 11/4

Match Preview 

Crystal Palace welcome London rivals West Ham to Selhurst Park this week for Saturday’s evening kickoff in the Premier League and we’re hoping it doesn’t disappoint.

With Palace unbeaten in their last five (W3 D2), they come into the game as strong favorites knowing that a win would move them above Manchester United, at least until Monday night.

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With losses such as Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak this summer, there were questions asked about how Palace can move forward. However, the signings of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend have affirmed Palace’s ability to attract great players and they look to have recovered well from a poor start to the campaign.

West Ham on the other hand have strengthened and are yet to reap the rewards with marquee signing Andre Ayew ruled out of action since the opening day and Dimitri Payet struggling for consistent form. The team are really struggling to pick up and a lack of depth up front has left them without a settled striker.

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After a very good season last year, fans were expecting better of the Hammers in their first campaign in their new home but if results do not turn around quickly, a managerial change would be seriously considered by the board.

The Hammers won the corresponding fixture 3-1 last October, before the two sides drew 2-2 at the Boleyn Ground later in the season. Palace have only won one of their last four home games against West Ham.

Team News

Crystal Palace are without new signing Jonathan Benteke, who has a knee injury, while Scott Dann, Papa Souare and Loic Remy are also sidelined through injuries.

West Ham have as many as nine first-team players struggling with knocks. Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram Arthur Masuaku, Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho are all out. Jonathan Calleri, Havard Nordtveit and Aaron Cresswell are all slight doubts but could all be line to make the squad if passed fit.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: D/W/W/W/D

West Ham’s last five: L/L/L/L/D

Key Stat: West Ham have lost their last four away matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – The French winger is in fine form after a goal during the international break followed a glorious goal at home to Bournemouth in his last league outing. This is a huge game for the Hammers and they will need a strong showing from their main man if they are to take anything from the match.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham – This should be a closely contested affair as these London rivals will both see this as a chance for three points. West Ham need the result more, but Palace are in decent form. We’re going with a score draw.


Could Palace break disappointing club record this season after West Brom loss?

Crystal Palace‘s 3-2 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening marked their 13th loss of the Premier League season so far.

Alan Pardew‘s side have been nose-diving and failure to win a league game since a 2-1 success away at Stoke on December 19 has seen them slip from sixth in the table to 14th.

The Eagles are now just eight points above the drop zone with 11 games remaining, and hopes of competing for European qualification have long gone, with the prospect of a relegation battle fast becoming a possibility.

Not only did the West Brom defeat have implications on their position in the table, but it also meant that Palace have now gone ten consecutive league games without a win.

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It’s their worst run in the top flight for 11 years as they also went on a ten-game winless streak in the 2004/05 season, when they were eventually relegated.

Palace’s previous longest period without winning a Premier League game came in the 1997/98 campaign when they recorded a run of 15 games without victory – they finished bottom that year.

Failure to win any of their next five games this season would see them match that club record of most games without a win in the Premier League – six games without victory would see it eclipsed.

Crystal Palace’s next six Premier League fixtures:

  • Sunderland (away) – Tuesday, March 1
  • Liverpool (home) – Sunday, March 6
  • Leicester (home) – Saturday, March 19
  • West Ham (away) – Saturday, April 2
  • Norwich (home) – Saturday, April 9
  • Arsenal (away) – Sunday, April 17
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Alan Pardew is suffering a manager’s worst nightmare right now and when things aren’t going right, nothing seems to go your way, which usually results in confidence hitting rock bottom.

All of a sudden, Tuesday night’s trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland holds massive importance for this Crystal Palace side as four of their next five fixtures after that look ominous.

If the Eagles can’t stop the rot sooner rather than later, then they could well find themselves in a whole lot of trouble come May.

Will Crystal Palace break the club record for their longest winless run in the Premier League? Are they slipping into a relegation battle?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion 

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, October 3 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – West Bromwich Albion 7/2

Match Preview

Crystal Palace host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon in a clash which sees Tony Pulis return to his old stomping ground, Selhurst Park with the Baggies.

Palace will want defer from their current form as they have only managed one win in their last three after a solid start which saw them sit second in the league early on.

Playing without a registered striker, Palace have suffered without the outlet of a natural forward and Bakary Sako (despite his great form) isn’t the answer in the search for an ideal lone frontman.

Crystal Palace’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W4 – D0 – L3 

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Tony Pulis’ return to Selhurst Park will be the main draw from this clash as much has been said about who has done a better job at Palace, Pulis or Alan Pardew.

Boasting a great managerial record, Pulis has succeeded where ever he has been and Palace was no different. However, he has struggled to get West Brom to the level they should be operating at so far this term.

West Brom’s record in the Premier League: P7 – W2 – D2 – L3

Suffering with inconsistency, Pulis won’t suffer relegation with West Brom, but a top half finish is a fair way away at the moment.

A win in south London on Saturday would certainly be a huge boost for the Baggies and they will take confidence from the 2-0 win there back in April.

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Team News

Crystal Palace are missing up to six players, with Damien Delaney, Mile Jedinak, Joel Ward, Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh and Kwesi Appiah all likely to miss out.

West Brom are without Ben Foster as he is still recovering from a serious knee injury. Gareth McAuley is a doubt with a leg injury but could be fit to start. Jonas Olsson is a doubt with an ankle problem.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: West Brom have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven away matches.

Key Player: Saido Berahino – With two goals in two, the English forward has forced himself back into the West Brom side after his summer transfer saga and will be important if the Baggies are to pick up points here.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom – We’re not expecting much from this affair in terms of goals as it should be a tight encounter. West Brom are good at defending as a unit and Palace are not frightened to attack in numbers. Though we see the home side just edging a low scoring affair in front of their own fans.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City 

Venue: Selhurst Park – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 6/5 – Draw 5/2 – Swansea City 21/10

Match Preview 

Crystal Palace round off their Premier League 2014/15 season with a home tie against Swansea City. A match that could see plenty of goals and both sides can play with a sense of freedom.

Crystal Palace’s season has seen a managerial change as Neil Warnock was replaced by former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who returned to the club where he has so many good memories.

Last weekend they spoiled Liverpool’s Anfield farewell for departing captain Steven Gerrard. The 3-1 win was well deserved and fantastically executed by Palace. Goals from Jason Puncheon, Wilfred Zaha and Glenn Murray deciding it.

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The Eagles could still potentially finish in the top half of the table, which would be a tremendous achievement for the South London club but they would need other results to go their way.

Yannick Bolasie has been in great form since Pardew was appointed and became the first Crystal Palace player to score a Premier League hat-trick.

Swansea City have had a solid season, giving a good account of themselves and have taken points off of some of the bigger clubs.

The January transfer window saw the departure of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City. Bafatembi Gomis has filled the hole perfectly and his goals have helped the Swans to a respectable eighth place.

Before last week’s 4-2 defeat at home to Manchester City, the Swans were on a three game win-streak, which they haven’t done since the first three games of the season.

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Garry Monk also brought Gylfi Sigurdsson back to the club after his time at Tottenham Hotspur and his performances have been brilliant, bagging seven goals and ten assists.

The reverse fixture at the Liberty Stadium finished 1-1 with Wilfried Bony opening the scoring only to be pegged back by a Mile Jedinak penalty.

Team News

Crystal Palace will be continue to be without Jerome Thomas and he has no return date as he is suffering from foot and ankle injuries.

Swansea City will be without Jordi Amat (metatarsal), Wayne Routledge (ankle), Kyle Naughton (ankle), Tom Carroll (ankle), Ki Sung Yeung (knee) plus Nelson Oliveira (foot) is a doubt. Angel Rangel could be welcomed back after his groin and pelvic injury.

Key Points

Crystal Palace Last Five: L/L/L/L/W

Swansea City Last Five: L/W/W/W/L

Key Stat: Swansea City haven’t conceded a goal and won on their last three visits to Selhurst Park.

Key Player: Glenn Murray – The Palace striker has netted seven goals and three assists in his last eleven matches.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 Swansea City – both sides have goals in them and can look forward to another season of Premier League football.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, April 18th – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – West Brom 3/1

Match Preview

Crystal Palace take on West Brom on Saturday afternoon as Alan Pardew’s soaring Eagles face off against Tony Pulis’ Baggies at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are in a terrific run of form, with four wins on the bounce, while West Brom have suffered three consecutive defeats, including a morale damaging loss at home to fellow relegation rivals Leicester City.

The Baggies have conceded 10 in their last three Premier League games and Pulis needs to shore up the backline quickly if they are to keep out of the relegation zone.

Since Alan Pardew’s appointment, Palace have been fantastic in the league, winning eight of his twelve games in charge, suffering three defeats and drawing just the once. They have shown the form of a team chasing those all important Champions League places and look to be in great shape.

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Goals have won those matches and critics and pundits alike have been impressed with the Palace forward line that boasts the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray. Murray and Bolasie both put in incredible performances at Sunderland last weekend and will look to pick up where they left off against the Baggies.

The game at the Stadium of Light saw Bolasie hit an 11-minute hat-trick, becoming the first Palace player to net three in a game in the Premier League, with Glenn Murray also scoring, taking his tally to six goals.

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West Brom are just seven points clear of the drop. They are not in any real danger as such but if their poor form continues they will be looking down the table until the season ends.

Tony Pulis has never been relegated as a manager and he always seems to get his teams out of trouble and help stabilise them. That was certainly the case with Crystal Palace last year, who he took from the depths of relegation to an 11th place finish and he will return to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Pulis was responsible for some important signings to the Palace side that Pardew features in his team, such as Joe Ledley and Scott Dann, before a reported disagreement over Palace’s transfer policies led to Pulis’ departure from the South London club on the eve of this season’s opener.

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A win for either side in this one would be vital, with Palace looking to climb into the top half of the table, while West Brom need to end their torrid form here as they still need to travel to teams in the top five before the end of the season.

The reverse fixture saw a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns back in October, with goals from Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak for Palace only to be pegged back by a Victor Anichebe and a Saido Berahino penalty.

Team News

Crystal Palace have doubts over Jordan Mutch, Frazier Campbell and Marouane Chamakh but James McArthur and Pape Souare could return from their knocks.

For West Brom, Ben Foster will continue to be sidelined until around October, while the Baggies will hand a late fitness test to Brown Ideye.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

West Brom’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: In the last four matches between the two in all competitions there have been 15 bookings but no dismissals.

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Key Player: Yannick Bolasie – The Congolese winger hit a superb hat-trick last weekend at Sunderland and will be thriving for more goals against a West Brom defence that is failing to impress.

Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 3-1 West Brom – Palace to get a win that could lift them into the top half of the table. West Brom should get on the scoresheet, but they look likely to miss out on points as Pardew’s men are in excellent form.

Crystal Palace & Tottenham the best comeback teams in Premier League

The 2014/2015 Premier League campaign is reaching its finale and the emotional rollercoaster that fans are subjected to is nearly over for another season.

But which team has forced their way back into games the most and which team has regularly crumbled despite being in front?

Here is a breakdown in numbers showing the points each team has won from a losing position and the points each team has lost from a winning position:

Premier League Points Won from losing position

Premier League 2014/15 season: Points won from losing positions/points lost from winning postions

Statistically, Crystal Palace have gained more points from a losing position than any other club this season, while Tottenham are the second most impressive side when it comes to salvaging games.

The fighting spirit that Palace have shown under Alan Pardew is one of the main reasons they’ve managed to steer themselves 11 points clear of the drop zone.

Ten of the 18 points the Eagles have gained from losing positions this season have come since Pardew’s arrival and had Palace failed to fight back so regularly, they’d certainly be in a relegation scrap right now.

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Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League and will try their utmost to secure a Champions League spot – they’re six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with eight games remaining, but it could’ve been worse had they not fought to the final whistle of every match.

Tottenham’s most memorable comeback this season will probably be the North London derby when they came from a goal behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 with both goals coming courtesy of Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s men have also managed to come from behind to win against Aston Villa, Hull City and Everton, as well as that famous 5-3 victory over Chelsea after being 1-0 down.

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The stats show that Everton and Swansea are the teams most likely to squander points from a winning position, whereas Manchester City and Southampton rarely drop points once they go in front.

It would also suggest that once any team has taken the lead against Aston Villa, they’re unlikely not to go on and win as Villa have only managed to earn three points from losing positions, which is probably why they find themselves in 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone.

Have you been pleased or disappointed with how your team has fought back or squandered points in the Premier League this season?

Are Crystal Palace on course for their best ever Premier League season?

Crystal Palace enjoyed their third consecutive away victory in the Premier League when they beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday and have been in fine form since Alan Pardew took over as manager at the beginning of January this year.

The Eagles travel to Southampton tonight and a positive result at St Mary’s would certainly leave Palace pondering over the possibility of achieving the best Premier League finish in the history of the club.

Considering last year’s unbelievable turnaround under manager Tony Pulis, many would have predicted that Crystal Palace would struggle this season after he walked out just days before the first game of the campaign.

When Pulis quit, Keith Millen briefly took over before reverting back to assistant manager when Neil Warnock was appointed. Warnock struggled for results, picking up just three wins from the 16 games that he was in charge and was consequently shown the door, which made way for Alan Pardew’s arrival from Newcastle.

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Pardew has been an instant hit both with the players and the fans and has been welcomed with open arms as many can probably still recall his playing days for the South London side in the late 1980’s through to the early 1990’s.

He has re-instilled belief and positivity at Selhurst Park, and generally brought a feel good factor back in to the Holmesdale air.

The 2013/14 season was the club’s best ever Premier League finish, but breaking down the numbers of Crystal Palace’s form under Alan Pardew shows there is a real chance that the red and blue army can make history for the second year running.

Palace in the Premier League

Palace eventually managed to survive relegation comfortably last season and in doing so, consecutively maintained their Premier League status for the first time since its inception. They had never avoided the drop when competing in the Premier League and they now look set to further establish themselves in England’s top division.

Crystal Palace's Premier League record under Pardew

If Pardew ensures Crystal Palace continue to pick up points at the same rate they have done since he took over, then they will amass 50 points come the end of the season – five points more than they did in last year’s record-breaking campaign.

It’s certainly a big ask to maintain such consistent form, but it isn’t out of the question and Palace fans may be pinching themselves at how well the team are performing.

You only have to cast your mind back to May 2010 and this was a club not only struggling in the Championship but also on the verge of extinction due to extreme financial issues. A 2-2 draw away at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season that year under the management of Paul Hart almost certainly saved Crystal Palace from going under.

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Palace were in administration at the time and demotion to League One would’ve had a huge financial impact that they may not have been able to recover from. They battled through some bleak times with incredible spirit and determination and it’s been onwards and upwards since then.

Recognition and credit must be given not only to Pardew for the most recent turnaround, but also to everyone involved with the club over the last five years.

Can Crystal Palace record their best ever Premier League season this year?