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Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Crystal Palace


Crystal Palace’s English striker Fraizer Campbell (L) celebrates after scoring the opening goal with Crystal Palace’s English striker Dwight Gayle (R) during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park in south London on February 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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• Palace have won only two of 15 visits to Upton Park in all competitions. One of those victories was by 1-0 last season, courtesy of a Mile Jedinak penalty.

• The Hammers have scored in all but one of their last 12 league games at Upton Park.

• Palace has chance to set a new Premier League club record of five away games unbeaten. (BBC Sport)

Crystal Palace will have the opportunity to erase the point deficit from a 3-1 defeat to West Ham, a meeting which took place in August 2014.

At Upton Park, the Eagles will look to snap a three-match winless run in Premier League action on Saturday, with the stakes a little bit higher than they were in the summer matchup. The Hammers are chasing the fifth-place finish and Europa League qualification, but currently stand in eight place, seven points back from Southampton in the key spot.

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Palace had a four-game surge in January followed by semi-consistent play leading up to this fixture. Hard fought contests against Liverpool and Arsenal ended in losses, while Pardew also witnessed his squad beat Leicester and satisfyingly draw against Newcastle.

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West Ham have executed a promising season with Big Sam at the helm again, and after being relegation-bound at the start of last February, the Irons’ faithful should be glad, their crew now in workable position to break into the top-five.

The West Ham youth product Mark Noble, a reliable presence in midfield, may perform at the club well into his 30’s, as the 27-year-old inked a contract until 2020. On the hand, Andy Carroll’s long-term injury will urge Allardyce to seek a substitute scorer alongside Diafra Sakho.

Meanwhile, Pardew accepted Palace’s reigns following his departure from Newcastle United at the beginning of this year, and managed to capture a period of fine form, a comfortable return for the Glaziers’ former midfielder.

Palace will once again have the services of offensive anchor and captain Mile Jedinak, a player who could serve a critical purpose in the upcoming match. Injuries will keep forwards Fraizer Campbell and Yaya Sonogo out, but regardless, Pardew will press on with an eager away side.

Catch the game live on NBCSN or online via Live Extra at 7:00 a.m. ET tomorrow.

What they’re saying

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on beating the Eagles (West Ham official site): “The players have to be patient and really clever and, in transition, we need to remember how well we need to defend. That’s been our only Achilles heel recently – the reason we haven’t picked up seven points from our last three games is that we haven’t got enough clean sheets.”

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew on success of West Ham midfielder Mark Noble ( “Noble’s a rare commodity in the Premier League in terms of his loyalty to West Ham….In occasions I’m sure he could have looked elsewhere. He loves that club and it comes through in his football….The way he carries himself is not just a credit to West Ham but an example to young English players across the country.”

Match injuries/absences

For West Ham, striker Carroll will be out until the end of the season with a knee injury. Nene could make his first appearance against Crystal Palace because Carlton Cole hurt his hamstring.

For Palace, Jedinak and central midfielder James McArthur are back, while Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell and Yaya Sanogo are sidelined with hamstring ailments.


The Eagles have been a resilient bunch away from home, but the Hammers will return to dictating the flow of play at midfield. However, a opportunistic counter-attack from Pardew’s side levels the game late. West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace.