Crystal Palace Match Preview
West Ham United’s away form has picked up in recent weeks and they will hope to continue that run in today’s early kick-off when they head to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.
This fixture normally goes in favour of the visitors and as the reverse fixture back on November 6 was narrowly won by the Eagles, the Hammers will feel it’s their turn to get their revenge, as they look to atone for the home defeat to Liverpool just three days ago.
The hosts are back under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson until the end of the season after Patrick Viera was sacked as Head-Coach back on March 17.
Both teams will actually be looking to make up for midweek defeats, as today’s hosts will be hoping to bounce back after their 2-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers four days ago.
Although the Irons remained in fourteenth place in the Premier League table after the 2-1 loss to Jürgen Klopp’s side but have since slipped a place due to AFC Bournemouth 1-0 victory at Southampton a day later and a win here would see them climb again.
Both the East Londoners and David Moyes have a good record here and the Scotsman will be looking to extend his personal winning streak, as he attempts to help his team move further away from any relegation danger.
Moyes may consider giving Manuel Lanzini a rare start this afternoon as he has come up with crucial goals in previous meetings between the two sides. Flynn Downes may also be in contention though there is another game that the former Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss may have on his mind, as his squad are on the road again facing the unenviable task of taking on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in on Wednesday night.
The match is a 12:30pm kick-off and for the second game in succession, live coverage will be screened by BT Sport from 11:30am. The referee is Craig Pawson.