Preview - Crystal Palace vs West Ham United 9 February 19

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Feb 08, 2019, 05:23 AM Last Edit: Feb 08, 2019, 07:54 AM by Harry85
Match Day 26
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United
Saturday, February 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace: 
Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.04
Average goals against per match: 1.32
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (7)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: D W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson ( 8 )

Its 14th versus 12th in the Premier League on Match Day 26 as Crystal Palace play host to West Ham United. Two of the more unpredictable sides in the league, there's six points between them at present, but a win for the home side could close that gap to just three. Both already look destined for mid-table obscurity though.

Neutrals will be happy if this is anything like the first meeting between the sides this season, with West Ham winning by the odd goal in five at the London Stadium. There were a few goals around in the game here last season too which finished up in a 2-2 draw.

Palace hold the edge when it comes to injuries with Papa Souaré the only confirmed absentee at present. West Ham will be without Fabián Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasir, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlo Sánchez, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid all on the side-lines here.

Palace were solid in seeing off Fulham here last time out, but that was only their third win at home this season. West Ham were about as good as they have been for spells of the draw with Liverpool and will be looking to continue in a similar vein here. They have won four of twelve away games, but have lost each of their past three, failing to score on each occasion.

This really could go either way and in a game where we don't trust either side to win, a draw may well be the most likely result.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 2 West Ham United


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  23 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 2
Possession: 57% - 43%

Three bookings at Selhurst Park, all for the home side, with referee Craig Pawson taking the names of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur.

An entertaining game this one, with Palace being the better side overall, but falling behind, they were really made to make hard by a West Ham side who pick up another solid point and seem to be in decent form at present.

It was the away side who struck first in the 27th minute, although they had a large helping hand from Palace keeper Vicente Guaita. Attempting to deal with a dinked ball into the area following a free kick, the custodian succeeded only in completely wiping out Michail Antonio with a double palm to the head. Penalty kick.  West Ham skipper Mark Noble stepping up to confidently dispatch the ball into the bottom left.

It looked merely a matter of time until Palace would be back on level terms in the second half, with the home side winning the second half shot count 13-0.

The home sides equaliser arrived in the 76th minute. Wilfried Zaha receiving the ball just outside the box to the left-hand side and dancing into the area. His progress was initially blocked, but receiving the ball back from James McArthur to the left of the six yard box and from a very tight angle he fired low on goal. His effort came up off the toe of Issa Diop though and in high at the near post leaving the keeper with no chance. 1-1 final score.

Palace really will be looking to win more of their home games, but this point was still enough to lift them up to 13th and three points clear of the relegation zone. West Ham jump up two spots into 10th.

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