Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1): Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bannan, Ledley, Jedinak, Bolasie, Chamakh Campbell
Crystal Palace were rocked when last season’s Premier League Manager of the Year Tony Pullis left the club last week, two days before their first game against Arsenal in London. However the Eagles did fight superbly, until a late Aaron Ramsey tap-in gave the Gunners all three points. Before the goal, however, Jason Puncheon was sent off and will miss Palace’s clash against West Ham, with Barry Bannan expected to deputize on the right. Scott Dann is also a doubt after limping off at the Emirates.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrian, Cresswell, Tomkins, Reid, Demel, Kouyate, Nobile, Vaz Te, Noble, Downing, Cole
West Ham should have taken advantage last weekend against Tottenham Hotspur, who had Kyle Naughton sent off for a hand-ball inside the box. However Mark Nobile missed the resulting penalty, before the heated game also saw Hammers centre-back James Collins see red. James Tomkins should be Collins’ replacement, with Demel moving to the right. The game could see the Premier League debut for new signing Enner Valencia, but Carlton Cole is expected to start ahead of the Ecuadorian World Cup ace.
— Brad Pinard (@Brad_Pinard) August 20, 2014
Wouldn’t be bothered if Kayla the Eagle is managing us on Saturday, I’ll still be at Selhurst cheering on the lads! EAGLES!!!
— Jon Sharman (@dj_Sharman_cpfc) August 20, 2014
Crystal palace vs west ham on sat. Cant wait
— Tha Original Millz (@face_mill) August 20, 2014
West Ham and Crystal Palace were playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Upton Park, before all the floodlights went off after Frank Lampard’s goal!
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United: An Alternative Preview
Three of the last five Barclays Premier League meetings between Palace and West Ham have ended as 1-0 wins for the Eagles.
West Ham claimed one win from five London derbies away from home last season (D1 L3).
After going three entire Premier League seasons (97 games) without a goal, Brede Hangeland scored on his PL debut for Crystal Palace.
Marouane Chamakh conceded 11 fouls on the opening weekend of the season, more than 10 of the 20 Premier League teams did in total.
Palace conceded twice from set-pieces in their opening game, one more than they did in the whole of Tony Pulis' regime (excludes penalties).
Palace (7) scored fewer goals in London derbies than any other Premier League capital club last season.
West Ham haven't lost their opening two Premier League games since 2010/11, a season in which they were relegated from the division.
Palace have had fewer shots than any other Premier League team this season (2).
Keith Millen has taken only four points in five games as temporary manager of Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Palace have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four Premier League games after conceding only five times in the previous nine.