CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2013
KICK-OFF: 8PM
REFEREE: LEE MASON

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 Introduction

• West Ham United travel to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night for a third London derby in succession, following the defeat by Chelsea and the victory over Fulham, both by the same 3-0 scoreline.

• West Ham bounced back from that loss to the Blues in style on Saturday, as Mohamed Diame, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole hit the target to see off Fulham and manager Martin Jol, who left his post on Sunday.

• That victory gave the Hammers their first home win in the league since the opening day triumph over Cardiff City and lifted them up to 15th in the table, three points clear of the bottom three and six ahead of Crystal Palace.

• The Eagles fell to defeat in Tony Pulis' first game in charge at the weekend, as a Gary Hooper goal proved enough for Norwich City to take all three points at Carrow Road.

• Palace did take all three points in their previous outing, however, as Barry Bannan scored with nine minutes remaining to inflict defeat on Hull City. That was the Selhurst Park side's second win of the campaign, following their home success over Sunderland in August.

• The south Londoners dropped back to the foot of the table on Saturday, as Sunderland's point at Aston Villa saw them move a point clear of the Eagles.


Team news

West Ham United

• Winston Reid (ankle), Andy Carroll (foot) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

• Mladen Petric (calf) and Razvan Rat (hamstring) could also be out, but the Hammers picked up no further injuries at the weekend.

• George McCartney will be hoping to retain his place at left-back after completing his first 90 minutes in the Barclays Premier League in just over a year.

Crystal Palace

• Palace's long-term injury list includes striker Glenn Murray (knee) full-back Jack Hunt (ankle), centre-back Paddy McCarthy (groin) and midfielder Adlene Guedioura (rib).

• Winger Jerome Thomas remains doubtful with a groin problem, but midfielder Jonny Williams could be in line for a start after coming on from the bench at the weekend at Norwich.


Background

• The first meeting between West Ham United and Crystal Palace was a Southern League First Division fixture played at The Crystal Palace on 29 September 1906. A 10,000-strong crowd turned out to see a 1-1 draw, with Arthur Winterhalder on target for the Hammers.

• The two clubs met in the Division One Play-Off final at the Millennium Stadium on 29 May 2004. Neil Shipperley's goal gave the Eagles a 1-0 victory and secured their promotion to the Premier League.

• The largest crowd to watch a Crystal Palace versus West Ham United fixture at Selhurst Park is the 41,540 who witnessed the Hammers' 3-0 victory in south London on 30 October 1971. That result also marked West Ham's largest-ever success at the home of the Eagles. However, West Ham also recorded an 8-1 win at Palace during the First World War and a 6-1 win in south London during the Second World War.

• West Ham's biggest home win over Crystal Palace since the two clubs joined the Football League was a 4-0 Division One win here on 28 October 1972, when Trevor Brooking (two), John McDowell and Bryan 'Pop' Robson scored in front of 28,894 fans.

• West Ham United defeated Crystal Palace 11-0 in the war-time London Combination on 6 April 1918. Syd Puddefoot netted seven times, with Burke (two), Herbert Ashton and Andy Cunningham getting the other goals in front of 4,000 spectators.

• Ten players have made their West Ham United debuts against Crystal Palace - Thomas Lee (September 1907), David Waggott (September 1908), Albert Scanes (March 1910), Thomas Lonsdale (October 1913), Alfred Tirrell (February 1914), William Henderson (March 1922), William Edwards (March 1923), Ade Coker (October 1971), Papa Bouba Diop and Manuel Almunia (both October 2011).


Last time out

Saturday 30 November 2013
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 3-0 CFulham

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney; Diame, Noble, Nolan (Morrison 77); Downing, Maiga (C.Cole 81), Jarvis (J.Cole 68)
Subs not used: Adrian, Collison, Taylor, O'Brien
Goals: Diame 47, C.Cole 82, J.Cole 89

Saturday 30 November
Barclays Premier League
Norwich City 1-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney, Dikgacoi, Puncheon (Kebe 76), Jedinak, Bannan (Williams 73), Chamakh (Gayle 80), Jerome
Subs not used: Price, Mariappa, O'Keefe, Phillips


Previous meeting

The Hammers last met Crystal Palace in the Championship on 25 February 2012 when they played out their second draw of the season. Neither side could find a way through at the Boleyn Ground, following a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier in the campaign.

West Ham United: Green, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, Faye, O'Brien, Faubert (C.Cole 46), Collison, Noble, Maynard (Baldock 73), Vaz Te (O'Neil 58)
Subs (not used): Potts, Lansbury

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Parr, McCarthy, Gardner, McShane, Ambrose (Scannell 63), Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Zaha, Easter (Murray 74), Martin (Garvan 82)
Subs (not used): Price, O'Keefe


Last six meetings

25 February 2012 West Ham United 0-0 Crystal Palace (Championship)
1 October 2011 - Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United (Championship)
29 May 2004 - Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham United (Championship Play-Off final)
12 April 2004 - Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham United (Championship)
1 October 2003 - West Ham United 3-0 Crystal Palace (Championship)
5 May 1998 - Crystal Palace 3-3 West Ham United (Premier League)

Overall record v Crystal Palace - W 30 D 22 L 19


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th
2011/12 Championship 3rd (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th
2008/09 Premier League 9th
2007/08 Premier League 10th
2006/07 Premier League 15th
2005/06 Premier League 9th
2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th

Crystal Palace

2012/13 Championship 5th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2011/12 Championship 17th
2010/11 Championship 20th
2009/10 Championship 21st
2008/09 Championship 15th
2007/08 Championship 5th
2006/07 Championship 12th
2005/06 Championship 6th
2004/05 Premier League 18th (relegated to Championship)
2003/04 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)


Referee

• Tuesday's match referee will be Lee Mason.

• Mason started refereeing in 1988 and in 1992 he was added to the North West Counties Football League assistant referees' list, and progressed to full referee for that competition four years later.

• He was included on the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998, and was then added to the Premier League list in 2000.

• In 2002, he was promoted to referee for the Football League and in 2003 became a 'Development Group' referee, before finally reaching the Premier League list of Select Group referees in 2006.

• His first ever match in the top tier was on 4 February 2006, when Middlesbrough lost 4-0 at home to Aston Villa.

• Mason was chosen to control the League One Play-Off final between Barnsley and Swansea on 27 May 2006.

• He refereed the Hammers' 3-2 defeat by Everton earlier this season, in which he awarded Sam Allardyce's men a second half penalty but also showed a red card to Mark Noble.


General information

• West Ham United's allocation of tickets for this fixture have sold out.

• Thick cloud is forecast for south London on Tuesday night, with temperatures dipping down to 3C (37F)

• No engineering works are planned on the routes to Selhurst Park on Tuesday. Please check here for tube updates and here for National Rail.