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March 8 2021 9.06pm

West Ham United v Palace

Boleyn Ground, Saturday 3.00pm

Jason Puncheon

Jason Puncheon

Team news

Crystal Palace trio Yohan Cabaye, Mile Jedinak and Emmanuel Adebayor picked up knocks on international duty for their respective nations and will undergo late fitness tests.

Connor Wickham (adductor), James McArthur (ankle) and Marouane Chamakh (hip) are still out for the Eagles but Jason Puncheon (hamstring) could feature for the first time since February.

West Ham defender James Tomkins is back after a calf problem but Sam Byram (muscular injury) and James Collins (hamstring) won't play.

West Ham (from): Adrian, Randolph, O'Brien, Ogbonna, Tomkins, Cresswell, Oxford, Noble, Kouyate, Song, Obiang, Moses, Lanzini, Payet, Antonio, Valencia, Carroll, Emenike, Sakho.

Palace (from): Hennessey, McCarthy, Speroni, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Hangeland, Mariappa, Souare, Lee, Jedinak, Ledley, Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie, Cabaye, Mutch, Campbell, Adebayor, Sako, Gayle.


Roy Hodgson

"We have a challenge in front of us. The teams below us are now going to hunt points and hunt it down and unfortunately we are in a position to catch, so we have to really up our game.

"We're not sleepwalking, we're not day-dreaming, we are fully committed to getting the points as soon as we can. It's a little bit easier when you have the points under your belt to look at other teams and say 'they'll be fine', but we're not."

Jason Puncheon

"This year has been disappointing collectively, but the last few weeks have definitely been a lot more positive - we just havenít got the rub of the green.

"West Ham have had a fantastic season, they coped well even though they lost some of their players (through injury) and I think itís a credit to them and their manager. You look at their players - Lanzini, Payet, Noble, and Antonio has done really well from Southampton - theyíve got a lot of players in good moments but we need to break that up on Saturday.

"On our day we can go toe to toe with anyone and I donít think West Ham will be going into the game thinking theyíre going to get an easy three points."

Slaven Bilic

"Some players went to play international games, we are still not back totally and that is why this game against Crystal Palace is coming too soon.

"I'm not happy because we will not be all on the pitch, some of the guys are coming back tomorrow, this game on Saturday is worrying. It is not ideal but we will have to get back immediately into the shape that we were before the international break."

Victor Moses

"It is always emotional when I play against Crystal Palace. I started there when I was young and progressed from from the youth team into the first-team. I have lots of good memories there and the staff and manager always looked after me. I really enjoyed my time at Palace.

"My old team-mates like Sean Scannell call me and ask me how I feel about facing my old club but that is part of football.

"The most important thing now is that I am a West Ham player and we just need to concentrate on making sure we get the three points. We are looking good in training and we need to keep doing what we are good at."

West Ham United - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
5th 30 13 11 6 50

Full league table

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
17/10/2015 League Crystal Palace 1 - 3 West Ham United loss
28/02/2015 League West Ham United 1 - 3 Crystal Palace win
23/08/2014 League Crystal Palace 1 - 3 West Ham United loss
19/04/2014 League West Ham United 0 - 1 Crystal Palace win
03/12/2013 League Crystal Palace 1 - 0 West Ham United win

All time results

Last meeting

Palace 1-3 West Ham United

Saturday October 17 2015

Palace: Hennessey, Hangeland, Souare, Dann, Kelly, Zaha (Sako, 45), McArthur (Jedinak, 63), Bolasie, Puncheon, Cabaye (Ledley, 77), Gayle

Subs not used: McCarthy, Bamford, Campbell, Delaney

Goals: Cabaye (pen 25)

Bookings: Gayle, Jedinak

Sent off: Gayle (44)

West Ham United: Adrian, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Lanzini, Noble (Carroll, 62), Payet, Moses (Zarate, 74), Kouyate, Sakho (Jelavic, 85)

Subs not used: Valencia, Randolph, Obiang, Ogbonna

Goals: Jenkinson (22), Lanzini (88), Payet (90)

Bookings: Tomkins, Payet, Jelavic

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