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Preview - Crystal Palace


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In brief

The Hammers face their second London derby of the season on Saturday when they make the short journey to Crystal Palace.

West Ham will be looking for their first points of the new campaign after suffering a late defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, when Eric Dier's injury time goal proved enough to give the visitors a 1-0 victory.

Palace also go into the game pointless, having fallen victim to an injury time goal themselves. Arsenal were their conquerors, Aaron Ramsey notching at the death after Laurent Koscielny cancelled out Brede Hangeland's first half opener.

The Eagies find themselves without a manager, after Tony Pulis departed on the eve of the campaign. Caretaker Keith Millen remains in temporary charge.

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Who are they?

The Eagles were founded as The Crystal Palace in 1905 to introduce a team to the local area, whose people regularly supported the FA Cup final in numbers when it was played in the Crystal Palace Park. 

They initially joined the Southern League before before becoming members of the Football League Third Division in 1920. Palace reached the top flight for the first time in 1969 and were FA Cup runners-up in 1990.

Although they have spent more time in the second tier in recent years, they won promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the play-offs in 2013 and enjoyed a successful return to the highest level, finishing eleventh last term.

Team news

West Ham United

The Hammers will be without centre back James Collins, who is suspended after picking up a red card in last weekend's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Fellow defender James Tomkins remains doubtful with a hamstring problem, while Matt Jarvis could also miss out, along with Carl Jenkinson (hamstring).

Crystal Palace

Defender Scott Dann has an outside chance of being involved as he battles to beat a hip strain.

Adrian Mariappa, Jonny Williams and Jerome Thomas have all returned to training, but Jason Puncheon is suspended.


Saturday's referee is Mark Clattenburg, whose last West Ham United game was the 3-1 victory over Southampton in February. Clattenburg was the man with the whistle for the stunning 4-0 win against Manchester United in the League Cup fifth round back in November 2010

The 38-year-old was the man in the middle for the Championship Play-Off semi-final first leg in May 2004 when Ipswich Town won 1-0 against the visiting West Ham.

Clattenburg has been on the Select List since 2004, the same year he took charge of the Division Three Play-Off final between Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. After becoming a FIFA official in 2006 at the age of 31, Clattenburg has taken control of a number of international and UEFA Champions League matches.

One to watch

Crystal Palace

Palace skipper Crystal Palace Mile Jedinak is an eye-catching presence in the Eagles' midfield. The 30-year-old featured for Australia in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, scoring from the spot in their 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands.

A defensive midfield player, Jedinak's sole goal last season came against the Hammers, as he converted a penalty at the Boleyn Ground to win the game for his side.

He has been with the Eagles since 2011, playing 111 league games to add to the experience gained at spells with Sydney United, Croatian side Varteks, Central Coast Mariners and Turkish duo Genclerbirligi and Antalyaspor

West Ham United

Stewart Downing will be hoping to make a flying start to the season as the Hammers travel to Crystal Palace.

The 30-year-old winger, who is now in his second second as a Hammer, was only denied an opening day goal last weekend by a superb save from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

Having opened his West Ham account against the same opposition towards the end of last season, the former Middlesbrough man will look for more goals this term.


West Ham's allocation of tickets for this game has sold out.


Due to planned Network Rail engineering work, there will be no Southern or First Capital Connect train services to or from London Bridge station this Saturday.

As a result, there will be no trains between London Bridge and Norwood Junction. Instead, use Southern services from London Victoria to Selhurst. From there, it is approximately a ten minute walk to the stadium.


Sunny intervals are predicted for kick-off time on Saturday, with temperatures of 17C (63F)

Television coverage

To find out which broadcaster is showing the game in your country, click here.

Last meeting

West Ham fell victim to a brace of 1-0 defeats at Crystal Palace's hands last season, with the most recent meeting being settled by a Mile Jedinak penalty following Pablo Armero's foul on Cameron Jerome.

West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace
Barclays Premier League
19 April 2014

West Ham United: Adrian, McCartney, Tomkins, Reid, Armero, Noble, Diame, Jarvis (C.Cole 70), Nolan (Nocerino 85), Downing (J.Cole 78), Carroll
Subs: Taylor, O'Brien, Jaaskelainen, Johnson

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Ward, Dikgacoi, Dann, Delaney, Puncheon (Gabbidon 87), Jedinak, Jerome (Murray 82), Ledley, Bolasie (Parr 90)
Subs: Ince, Gayle, Murray, Hennessey, Guedioura

Goal: Jedinak pen 59

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