Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs West Ham United


By - Monday 2nd December, 2013

Hot on the heels of Palace’s defeat to Norwich on Saturday comes their next test: A London derby under the lights, and in front of the cameras


Can Palace bounce back under the lights? Photo by Surreykraut, used under Creative Commons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/surreykraut/2958817356/)

It’s just typical Palace isn’t it? Build us up only to knock us down again!

After Palace’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich on Saturday the Eagles are once again propping up the Premier League table. Barry Bannan came excruciatingly close to finding an equaliser but his strike cannoned back off the crossbar to deny him a second goal in as many games.

However, the Scottish midfielder will surely start alongside Mile Jedinak and Kagisho Dikgacoi in the centre of midfield as Palace face West Ham on Tuesday night, looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Fulham last time under the lights at Selhurst Park.

Tony Pulis has indicated that he will continue to utilise the strikeforce of Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh, obviously being pleased with what he saw of the pair against Norwich and Hull. This leaves Dwight Gayle out in the cold, and the former Peterborough man will have to settle for a spot on the bench.

Prior to the heavy defeat against Fulham back in October, Palace held a superb record under the floodlights at Selhurst Park

Jerome Thomas may have three goals in four games against West Ham but the winger looks set to miss out through injury once again. The man to take the spot left vacant by Thomas may well be Jimmy Kebe after Jason Puncheon put in a below par performance on Saturday.

West Ham have will be in buoyant mood following an easy 3-0 defeat of Fulham in their last Premier League match, and with Ravel Morrison on form the Hammers will be prove to be a difficult test.  The London derby could prove to be an important game for both sides, with Palace able to close the gap between the two sides to only three points, or the visitors able to extend it to nine points and pull further clear of the relegation zone. Currently West Ham occupy 15th position in the table, and this is a game that Palace simply cannot afford to lose.

Prior to the heavy defeat against Fulham back in October, Palace held a superb record under the floodlights at Selhurst Park and they will be hoping that Tuesday night brings the start of a new run of victories in home evening matches. With the following match on Saturday seeing the Eagles face Cardiff, a six point haul from the two games would leave a very good taste in the mouth, alas this seems somewhat fanciful given the lack of potency shown by Palace of late.

Nonetheless, the Hammers themselves had only scored twice in five matches prior to their demolition of Fulham, and so should lady luck smile down upon Palace then maybe, just maybe a victory can be achieved.

Prediction:
Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United

Crystal Palace vs West Ham United, Tuesday 3rd December, 8pm, Selhurst Park Stadium. Live coverage on BT Sport 1 from 7pm.

Matt Woosnam

Matt Woosnam

Matt Woosnam is a Kingston University student in his final year as a Politics & International Relations undergraduate. A campaigner on mental health he is the founder of @Talk_Out, as well as part of the TalkEasyTrust, and seeks to break down stigma by encouraging talking out. Matt is also an avid Crystal Palace fan and the online editor of Five Year Plan Fanzine, as well as a regular contributor to the Croydon Guardian.

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