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Crystal Palace v West Ham United – Premier League – Selhurst Park – Tuesday 6pm – Preview
Nicely placed in the Premier League – FA Cup progress ruthlessly achieved. Life isn’t too bad for West Ham United supporters just now.
Brian Dear reflected positively, particularly over the latter. However, perhaps being ingrained into the more sinister side of the ‘West Ham way’ the former frontman didn’t want to start counting any chickens ahead of Tuesday’s potentially tricky trip across the capital to Selhurst Park.
“We respected the competition and did a professional job against Doncaster,” Dear enthusiastically told Yellow Sport.
“That seems to be standard with the Hammers at the moment and that’s very refreshing. The manager knows we are not the finished article – nowhere near – but we are seeing an honest West Ham and a manager replicating his Everton blueprint, and we all know that would be a step in the right direction.
“I’m pleased we’ve taken the cup seriously. Of course, the Premier League is our bread and butter. But when I look at the likes of Spurs fighting on all fronts, I don’t see any reason why we can’t build and do the same.
West Ham face an erratic Crystal Palace side on Tuesday evening, but Dear recognised the challenge ahead of Moyes’s men: “Palace won’t go down, they have too much about them to worry about that,” Dear added.
“Roy Hodgson had brought in striker Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz. Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Michy Batshuayi have struggled for goals, while Wilfried Zaha missed out recently due to injury. But that quartet, and you can throw in Eberechi Eze into that equation. They have some cracking attacking options if they all start firing.
“But again, we must be confident and make the game about us. Said Benrahma is improving at Premier League level, while Jarrod Bowen continues to impress.
“Keeping Michail Antonio fit will be key, but foundations are in place for a top ten finish and something to build on.
“Crystal Palace will offer another different challenge, a tough challenge. It always is. But this West Ham can go there and get something, proving the evolution process is working and the manager is on the right track.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United