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The second leg of the London Derby will be played this weekend on Saturday, January 14th, with West Ham United welcome Crystal Palace. The match will be played in the London Stadium.
The Hammers started the first half of the season on a rather shaky note. After battling the prospects of relegation, they managed to move to the 13th place in the table, with 22 points. They were on the path to break into the top 10, but their last couple of consecutive defeats against Leicester City and Manchester United.
As for the Glaziers, their form has taken a very severe beating in the last few weeks. They have slipped down to the 17th place in the table, with just a point shy of the relegation zone. A defeat here will certainly push them below and it will be hard for them to climb out of it. Their record as visitors is highly disappointing, given that they have lost their last seven matches. They last played against Swansea City, to whom they lost by 2-1.
In the first leg of this tie, it was West Ham United who sailed to the win with 1-0. This fixture being at home for them, they will be keen on getting the three precious points. Expect the hosts to win this one comfortably.
West Ham United will be hosting Crystal Palace at Upton Park in what promises to be an enthralling game given that both sides are playing good quality attractive football. Kick off for this game is at 12:45 hours BST on 28 February 2015.
The home side will be happy with recent results as they drew with Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspurs who are all above them in the table. They are in decent form and will be hoping to pick up the three points at home. Their defensive midfield players have been strong while their attackers have been in good scoring form. This gives them an edge going into this fixture.
Crystal Palace has lost two of their last four league games and will be hoping to change that knowing that they have the potential. After Alan Pardew took the managers seat, the club has made vast improvements and are look set to survive with being set in mid-table. Yaya Sanogo will be well rested and available for this game and will most likely come straight into the starting line up after he missed out playing against his parent club last week.
West Ham United who is playing at home has the clear advantage and is the side that can easily pick up the win and hence the three points on offer.
West Ham United will host local rivals Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday evening at Upton Park in East London.
West Ham United is at the 12th position in the league table, having amassed 37 points from their 34 matches. Seven points away from the relegation spots with four games remaining, the Hammers seem well on their way to play in the Premier League for yet another season. In a tough fortnight for the home side, the Hammers played and lost against both Liverpool and Arsenal.
Crystal Palace come into this match one rank above the Hammers at the 11th position, having dislodged them just last week with their 3-2 shock win against Everton away. The Eagles are in the middle of a fine run of form which has seen them win their last four consecutive matches in the league. Their last loss was against Newcastle United
With not much to choose between the two sides, the balance tilts just a bit in the favor of the visitors owing only to their recent form.
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