Match Preview: West Ham United vs Crystal Palace

Match Preview: West Ham United vs Crystal Palace

Last update: 16 December 2020 Tags: Crystal Palace, West Ham. Categories: Premier League.

West Ham will be looking to make it five wins from six as they welcome Crystal Palace to the London Stadium tonight.

The Hammers head into the Premier League clash on the back of a 2-1 win at Elland Road against newly promoted Leeds United.

Moyes's side got off to the worst possible start against the West Yorkshire side conceding a penalty in the opening five minutes. However, goals from midfielder Tomas Soucek and defender Angelo Ogbonna saw the Irons come away with the three points.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace find themselves in 12th in the table after 12 games, with four wins so far this season.

They head into the clash against West Ham on the back of a 1-1 draw with current league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita put in a man of the match performance making a handful of wonderful saves including a last minute free kick from Eric Dier.


David Moyes has turned West Ham into a solid defensive team utilising a five at the back formation.

5-4-1 has been the Hammers formation for most of this season with the exception of their first game of the season and last weeks clash with Leeds which both had a four man defence.

[caption id="attachment_25261" align="aligncenter" width="289"] West Ham lineup for last weeks game against Leeds United. [/caption]

West Ham will be without left wing back Arthur Masuaku who will be on the sideline's for a while after having a knee operation that will hopefully fix the pain he has had for a number of years.

This means that Aaron Cresswell will certainly be playing at left back after playing most of the season as one of the clubs three starting centre backs.

The Hammers will be without Antonio who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest player is due to return in the coming weeks. This means Seb Haller is expected to start up top.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will most likely go for a traditional 4-4-2 formation with Wilfred Zaha and Christian Benteke the Eagles strike partnership. Between them they have found the net nine times, with Zaha scoring seven of those.

Summer signing Eberechi Eze has been playing on the left wing, a spot that has been taken up by the previously mentioned Zaha. The 22 year old can switch between the wing position and an attacking midfield position.

[caption id="attachment_25260" align="aligncenter" width="289"] Palace lineup against Spurs last week. (OneFootball)[/caption]

Coaches Corner:

West Ham boss Moyes has praised Roy Hodgson for the work he has done at Crystal Palace and the longevity that the former England manager has made as well as the legacy he has created.

"Crystal Palace have got a tremendous manager in Roy Hodgson, who’s got great knowledge and has seen many things.," Moyes told

"I just think his longevity and experience has worked so well for Palace in recent years. I don’t think you’d consider them as a team even close to relegation – they’re looking more to get closer to the top end of the league – and you have to give Roy the credit for that.

"He continues to do a brilliant job and to keep going at his age is a great credit to him, it really is."

Meanwhile, Hodgson has commended how the Hammers have played this season, acknowledging their defensive efforts as well as their attacking dimensions.

"They’ve won four of their past five games which is a fantastic thing to be able to do in the Premier League, wherever you find yourself in the table. They’ve signed some good players, they’ve got a good nucleus of a team which has been together for a while," Hodgson told CPFC.

"They’re looking like very strong contenders for a place certainly in the top half of the table and maybe David Moyes and Co. will be punting for something greater than that.

"In the penalty box, they’re very good at creating and taking the chances that come their way and have been exceptionally good at set plays. They’ve been a real force with the corner kicks and wide free-kicks with the players they have. They’re very strong in the air, they’ve got players who are good at attacking the ball."