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West Ham United v Crystal Palace – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 5:30pm
West Ham United v Crystal Palace – Preview:
BRIAN DEAR was as concerned as any West Ham United supporter with the news of Lukasz Fabianski’s injury. However, the former frontman has urged everyone to get behind whoever is handed the goalkeepers’ jersey for the foreseeable future.
The Polish stopper was withdrawn during the Hammers 2-2 draw at AFC Bournemouth after picking up a thigh injury. And with news breaking that he could be missing for up to three months, either Roberto or David Martin will be donning the gloves as West Ham look to consolidate their decent start to the campaign.
“It’s a huge blow to have Lukasz sidelined,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“He has been our best player since coming to the club. You can see that we have improved defensively too. That comes about because the backline has faith in the man behind them.
“Of course, the worst-case scenario is three months, but he will need to get back into match situations too so that could be longer. We have to get behind the two boys backing him up – they will need us to support them – we have no other choice.
“It looks likely that Roberto will initially take over in goal. He has already had some football with the first team which will help him. He has to hit the ground running though.”
Dear spoke about this weekends Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the London Stadium: “Palace can be like West Ham – you never quite know which team will turn up?
“Zaha, Benteke and Townsend can all do a bit of damage on their day and they are still in the top half of the table. I think it will be an open game as it usually is when we play them.
“They recently lost 4-0 at Tottenham – all the goals coming in the first half. But in the second half, they looked the better side. They’ve won at Manchester United as well. It will be tough but its the sort of game I expect west ham to win.
“West Ham are six without defeat in the league and should be going into the game with confidence. We are playing with a bit of style which should count for something – long may it continue.
“The goalkeeping situation isn’t perfect, but there are ten other players in the team. Ultimately, we have enough quality to beat Crystal Palace if the application and effort is there.”
West Ham United v Crystal Palace – Head to head:
West Ham United won: 23
Crystal Palace won: 14
West Ham United v Crystal Palace – Last five meetings (all competitions):
January 14, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 3-0 Crystal Palace
October 28, 2017 – Premier League
Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United
January 30, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
December 8, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 3-2 Crystal Palace
February 9, 2019 – Premier League
Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Crystal Palace
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Crystal Palace