Crystal Palace vs West Ham
Following their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Monday night, West Ham will face Crystal Palace next weekend in the Premier League.
When these sides met earlier in the season in December, the Hammers edged the Eagles 3-2.
Palace will come into Saturday’s match on the back of a 2-0 home win over Fulham.
Michy Batshuayi, who was linked with joining West Ham in January, came off the bench to set up Palace’s second goal against the Cottagers.
Will Wilfried Zaha play against the Hammers?
The Eagles beat Fulham without their star player Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha was suspended last weekend following his dismissal against Southampton.
Many Palace fans believe that Zaha has been unfairly treated in recent weeks.
Indeed, Zaha’s supporters remain unconvinced the forward should have been sent off against Southampton following a clash with James Ward-Prowse.
To recap, after being booked against the Saints, Zaha collected a second yellow card for sarcastically clapping referee Andre Marriner.
Why was Zaha sent off for dissent, but Burnley’s Ashley Barnes avoided a red card when he screamed obscenities at the linesman during last weekend’s match with the Saints at Turf Moor?
How can Ashley Barnes have screamed at an official inches from their face and not received a second yellow card?
All we ask for is consistency. pic.twitter.com/9pdoAiWrxU
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) February 3, 2019
Returning to Zaha, the fear is that the Palace forward will be hit with an extended ban ruling him out of the West Ham game too.
As revealed in the Times on Tuesday, the FA have precedent regarding Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy in this area:
In a similar incident in April 2016, Jamie Vardy accepted an improper conduct charge and was handed an additional one-match suspension.
The Leicester City forward was sent off in the 2-2 draw against West Ham United after picking up two yellow cards, the second for allegedly diving, and was unable to curtail his anger as he left the pitch.
Zaha to fight the FA
The Times continue to reveal that Zaha is fighting back on his FA charge.
The Ivory Coast international plans to contest an extended punishment today:
Wilfried Zaha has requested a personal hearing in an attempt to escape a charge of improper conduct for sarcastically applauding the referee after he had been sent off against Southampton last Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Crystal Palace winger has to answer the FA charge by this evening and will deny it.
Palace fans will be hoping the FA accept Zaha’s position, allowing him to play against the Hammers.