West Ham v Crystal Palace – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 5 October 2019 at 4:14pm
I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with just the point in our last game away to Bournemouth. Now don’t get me wrong, coming from behind showed character and a resilience that we do not usually have. But we did lack that certain extra that the top teams have of not settling for the point and going on to finish them off. But still hopefully that will come in time.
Ex England Manager Roy Hodgson has been doing a very good job at Crystal Palace taking a team who was once doomed to relegation and taking them to the dizzy heights of mid-table. Mostly down to the falling over ability of Wilfred Zaha. He can be a very good on his day and one we need to be very wary of.
Palace are just a point behind us in the league but down in 9th position. they have won 3 of their last 6 games lost 2 and drawn 1 which I think is good form for them and will probably come to the London stadium thinking they can get something.
West Ham still undefeated since the Manchester city game which seems like a long time ago now. Flying high in the league, 5th place and with 3 wins and 3 draws from the last 6 games we should feel very confident of beating Palace with or without Zaha.
Injury wise West Ham are without Antonio and Reid but the big news is that keeper Fabianski is missing and will probably be missing for a while unfortunately. In comes Roberto and hopefully he can keep the ship steady until Fabianski returns.
Milivojevic serves a ban after picking up 5 bookings. Sakho is also missing at the back for Palace.
West Ham United : Roberto, Fredericks, Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Anderson and Haller
Crystal Palace : Guiata, Van Aanholdt, Cahill, Kelly, Ward, Kouyate, Schlupp, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha and Ayew.
This might surprise you but I think we will win tomorrow afternoon 2-1 with Haller finally getting back amongst the goals and getting both of them. I’m hoping the change at the back will not be too much of a problem and I hope he makes a couple of good saves. Lanzini usually plays really well against them and I expect him to be the best player on the pitch again.