West Ham United v Crystal Palace

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Two teams in contrasting form meet at the London Stadium on Saturday although just two places separate West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Two teams in contrasting form meet at the London Stadium on Saturday although just two places separate West Ham and Crystal Palace.

The Hammers go into the London derby having lost just one of their last five games, while Palace have won just one of their last five, with their latest defeat coming against rivals Brighton on Tuesday.

Ahead of the match, Manuel Pellegrini has bemoaned the number of injuries impacting his squad, with Marko Arnautovic expected to be missing for a month due to a muscle injury.

The Austrian star joins Ryan Fredericks, Winston Reid, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez on the sidelines. Pellegrini, though, says Andy Carroll could feature after he trained with the first-team squad this week.

There are no such problems for Palace, with Roy Hodgson reporting no new injury concerns and he will select from the same matchday squad that he has named for the last two games.

Hodgson will be concerned by Palace’s form on the road this season, with the Eagles unable to win any of their last five away games – losing four and collecting a point at Old Trafford.

Both meetings ended in draws last term, with a 1-1 scoreline in this fixture. Christian Benteke put Palace in front before Mark Noble equalised from the penalty spot two minutes before half-time.

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