West Ham come into tonight’s match seventh-placed in the division with 32 points, just two behind fourth-placed champions Liverpool. And David Moyes’ team will leapfrog Everton, Spurs and the Reds if they can achieve a fourth consecutive Premier League victory – and sixth across all competitions following their thrashing of League One outfit Doncaster in the FA Cup last time out.
Palace, meanwhile, are 13th in the standings on 23 points at the exact midway point of their season, with one win, one draw and one loss in their last three games in the top flight. There is a sense that Roy Hodgson’s side are coasting, and his players will want to earn a big victory against an in-form team at Selhurst Park this evening to convince supporters that’s not the case.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League clash.
When is it?
The game will kick off at 6pm GMT tonight at Selhurst Park.
How can I watch it?
The match will air live on BT Sport, and subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app.
What is the team news?
Palace are somewhat injury-plagued right now, and could thus be without up to six players for tonight’s game, with Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho among those to be unfit. Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate should start, however, and Christian Benteke could return up front. New loan signing Jean-Philippe Mateta is likely to be forced to wait for his debut in the Palace strike force amid visa issues.
Arthur Masuaku is still injured for West Ham, meanwhile, and back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph will face a late fitness check. Fabian Balbuena is back and available in the Hammers’ defence.
Palace: Guaita, Mitchell, Cahill, Kouyate, Ward, Milivojevic, McArthur, Eze, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio
West Ham: 5/4
The teams drew 1-1 when they met in the top flight last month, with Palace going down to 10 men in the final 20 minutes. While the Eagles want to find a spark to push up the table, another draw against West Ham would be a good result, considering the Hammers’ form. Palace 1-1 West Ham.