Match Preview – West Ham v Crystal Palace

By Frankie Levin – @FrankWHUFC

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be searching for their third victory in the space of a week as they play host to Crystal Palace in a London derby on Saturday.

West Ham have already accumulated wins over Newcastle and Cardiff since last weekend and will be full of confidence to complete the hat-trick.

Highlights of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Cardiff can be found here

However, Roy Hodgson will be hoping to see a reaction from his players following their disappointing derby defeat to Brighton on Tuesday.

The Hammers currently sit two spots above the Eagles in 13th place, with just six points separating them.

Pellegrini has urged his side to continue to be ruthless and keep the momentum going. He said: “I said before when the results weren’t what we expected that we are improving as a team.

“If you are winning in back-to-back games, the trust of the players is bigger. But we cannot stop in this moment.

“We have to play as a team against Palace.”

Marko Arnautovic picked up a muscle injury midweek, so he will be absent for the Hammers. Jack Wilshere felt a knock in his ankle and will also not feature.

Crystal Palace have no fresh injury concerns going into the fixture.

Head-to-head, it is West Ham who have had the better of things in this London derby, and will be hoping to continue this form.

The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches against Palace, and the visitors are without a clean sheet in the last eight meetings.

 

 

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