Alan Pardew goes up against his former club in this London derby between two sides who occupy European spots after impressive starts to the season.
Pardew’s Palace are sitting pretty in fourth after winning their last two Premier League games before the international break without conceding a goal. The last time they had this many points at this stage was in 1990/91, when they went on to finish third.
The Eagles are boosted yet further by the returning Damien Delaney, Mile Jedinak, Chung-Yong Lee and Jordon Mutch, who are all fit again after various injuries. Connor Wickham and Joel Ward remain absent for the hosts though.
West Ham are looking to continue their superb away record this weekend by adding Selhurst Park to a growing list of venues that they have taken three points away from; a list which includes The Emirates, Anfield and The Etihad.
Slaven Bilic may be without key defenders for this fixture, however, as Aaron Cresswell and Winston Reid are both doubtful and Angelo Ogbonna is definitely out with a hamstring injury. It’s brighter news at the other end of the field for the Hammers, as Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia both came through a behind-closed-doors friendly unscathed, and the duo could play some part on Saturday.
The visitors won 3-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and will go five away games unbeaten if they avoid defeat – their best run on the road since 2009; the Hammers could finish the weekend in second place if they win and other results go their way.
League Position: Crystal Palace – 4th, 15 points; West Ham – 6th, 14 points
Last Meeting: West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace (February 28, 2015)
Form: Crystal Palace – WWLLWW; West Ham – LWWWDD
Key Men: Crystal Palace – Yannick Bolasie; West Ham – Dimitri Payet
Shoot Says: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham