- Palace hasn’t held a clean sheet in previous 12 games
- West Ham is winless in its last five matches
- A player has been sent off in last three meetings between two sides
Crystal Palace will host West Ham United on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET, on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) as the Eagles look to extend their unbeaten streak in Premier League play.
Both clubs have battled injuries, but Palace is surely the more in-form side at the moment. Currently sitting eighth in the PL, Alan Pardew and co. have the opportunity to go unbeaten in their sixth straight match, giving the Eagles and their supporters something to get excited about.
West Ham continues to battle the injury bug, including Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll, but Slaven Bilic and his side desperately need a strong performance to right the ship. The Hammers have conceded a league-leading 17 goals on the season, something that must clean up if they are to avoid a long-term defensive struggle.
What they’re saying
Alan Pardew on West Ham’s struggles: “It is part of the managerial role we have that everything is centred on the results. Sometimes all the stuff that goes on around them makes it difficult to get those results. But he’s an experienced manager – an experienced international manager – and he’ll know how to deal with it. Better than I will. I have no doubt he’ll get it right sooner rather than later.”
Slaven Bilic on Palace’s recent form: “Crystal Palace didn’t start well but the last four games they have got 10 points and they probably didn’t want the break. We played really well there last year and won 3-1 and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday.”
Simply put, West Ham have too many injuries and their recent form has shown how difficult it has been to cope with those setbacks. Alan Pardew has Palace looking like a legitimate top half side in the PL, and it looks as though they’ll be able to keep that up on Saturday. Crystal Palace 2-0 West HamFollow @MattReedFutbol