West Ham host Crystal Palace in the Premier League at London Stadium on Saturday night, looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.
The Hammers have strung together a remarkable run after losing the opening game 0-5 at home against Manchester City. They have recorded three times in the last six games, improving their league standing and sitting withing one point of the top-four.
That said, maintaining this kind of streak will be difficult in the longer run, it does reveal about the potential of the squad at Manuel Pellegrini's disposal.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have made a good start to the season as well and sit just one behind West Ham on the points table.
The Premier League match will be played between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium, in London, England. The ground has a capacity of 66,000.
The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, October 05.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
West Ham United – W W D W L D
Crystal Palace – W L W L D W
West Ham United Team News:
First-choice goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański suffered an injury in the game against Bournemouth and won't be available for this game. West Ham revealed that they expect Fabianski to be out for the next two to three months.
In addition, Michail Antonio remains on the sideline due to a hamstring injury.
Fabianksi's injury has opened the door for backup shot-stoppers such as Roberto Jiménez Gago and David Martin, with the former eventually replacing the Polish goalie last week. We expect Jimenez to get the nod here.
Manuel Lanzini featured as a substitute in the last game and will be looking to start here ahead of Pablo Fornals.
Sébastien Haller will be leading the attack for the hosts, with Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko providing the width on either side of Mark Noble and Declan Rice.
West Ham United Probable XI:
Jimenez (GK), Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller
Crystal Palace FC Team News:
Luka Milivojevic will be serving a one-game ban here, after receiving five yellow cards in the first seven games.
Connor Wickham remains short of match fitness and is expected to miss the game.
While former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho missed the clash against Norwich City due to a muscle problem and will be assessed before the game.
Despite Sakho's injury problems, the centre-back is the least area of concern for manager Roy Hodgson. If the former PSG defender is not fit to start, Martin Kelly and Gary Cahill will be partnering at the back.
Hodgson seemed to have got tired of Christian Beneteke's barren run in front of the goal and has started him in the last five league games. Considering the tweak in the system has brought good amount of points, expect the Belgian to be amongst the substitute here as well.
Crystal Palace Probable XI:
Guaita (GK), Ward, Cahill, Kelly, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Kouyate, Schlupp, Zaha, Townsend, Ayew
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Wilfried Zaha: He may not have scored a goal this season, but the 26-year-old is the biggest threat posed by Crystal Palace on any given day. Has enough trickery up his sleeves to trouble any defender.
Sebastien Haller: All his three goals came in two games and hasn't scored in the last four games. However, he was one of the better players for West Ham against Bournemouth and has something in him which makes him a danger to any backline.
Manuel Lanzinin: A game-changer on his day. His passing range and the ability to take on the defenders is a joy to watch.
Felipe Anderson: Another crafty player in West Ham's team. Just like Lanzini, the Brazilian has the good feet.
CRY vs WHU Dream11 potential winner:
West Ham United should get at least a draw here.