West Ham 1 – Crystal Palace 1
Tuesday night’s London derby between West Ham and Crystal Palace ended in a tie.
Palace took the lead at the London Stadium thanks to a header from Christian Benteke.
That was just the second goal Benteke has scored in the Premier League this season.
But West Ham went into the break level after Mark Noble scored from the penalty spot.
West Ham are 10th in the Premier League after the draw. The Irons have 27 points after 25 matches. As for the Eagles, they are 12th in the division with 26 points on the board.
Bad news for Bakary Sako
Palace’s point at the London Stadium had a price.
Minutes before the halfime interval, Bakary Sako was forced out the game with an injury.
Sako has become something of a cult hero at Selhurst Park this season as he’s forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s side. Indeed, he’s the club’s top goalscorer in all competitions this season.
But it’s now likely that Sako will be sidelined for while. After the West Ham game, Hodgson gave the following update on Sako’s injury:
The negative is it looks like we might have lost another player in Bakary. His ankle injury might be serious, that will be a massive blow.
We don’t have the luxury of losing a forward player. It doesn’t look good. Our medical team are very good and they aren’t optimistic.
‘Crystal Palace & Midtjylland striker Alexander Sørloth’
According to reports on Wednesday morning, Crystal Palace are signing Midtjylland striker Alexander Sørloth on transfer deadline day.
A 22-year-old striker, Alexander Sørloth has scored 15 goals in 26 games for FC Midtjylland this season in all competitions.
He’s also chipped in with nine assists this campaign.