Crystal Palace - West Ham United preview: Premier League's surprise packages meet at Selhurst Park

Despite Arsenal's recent revival, earlier in the season these two clubs were flying the flag for the London clubs. Coming into this encounter, we find the two separated by a point, with Crystal Palace in 4th and West Ham in 6th place.

With one London derby win under his belt already, over Arsenal, Slaven Bilic will be looking to rack another two up in the next two weeks against Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

In a game which will feature two of the steals of the summer transfer window, it will be intriguing to see who can inspire their team to a win; Yohan Cabaye, or, Dimitri Payet.

Last season saw the two clubs beat each other Away from Home, by the same 3-1 scoreline too. It's not out of the realms of possibility that this could well occur this season again - as both sides have been a lot more expansive and impressive when playing Away so far this season.

Crystal Palace have reaped 9 points Away from Selhurst Park thus far, whilst West Ham top the table in regards to Away performances with 10 of their 14 points having come away from Upton Park.

Will this then, be another case of the Away side getting the better of the Home side then?

The Managers;

It has been rather refreshing to see such positive quotes coming out from either manager about their counterparts, with both seemingly having a lot of time for the other and what their respective sides have done thus far in the season.

Team News;

Alan Pardew goes into the game with a near fully fit squad but Joel Ward, summer signing Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh.

Returning to the squad for selection are Damien Delaney, Mile Jedinak, Jordon Mutch and Lee Chung-yon. In that respect it you would assume that Pardew will keep the same XI as previously, however, the only exception could be Brede Hangeland dropping out for Delaney. Considering the fine form of the Norwegian though, you certainly wouldn't expect Delaney to walk straight back into the XI.

Slaven Bilic on the other hand has a few worries going into Saturday's game. In his press conference he revealed that Aaron Cresswell and Winston Reid were both to be assessed in training before making a judgement on the duo. With no recognised senior LB in the squad, it may mean the Hammers have to turn to utility man Joey O'Brien if Cresswell isn't fit in time.

Otherwise, there could be a few returning for the Hammers. Enner Valencia who injured his knee and ankle in the clubs brief Europa League stint could make the bench. However, Bilic was quick to state he feels he'll be match-fit in two weeks, so he may not be included. Thankfully for Bilic, especially considering Reid's fitness, Angelo Ogbonna has returned to full training and should be ready for selection. Mauro Zarate is another to make his return from injury, recently playing in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week, so, is available for selection.

Predicted Line Ups;

Crystal Palace; Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Hangeland/Delaney, Souaré; Puncheon, Cabaye, McArthur; Zaha, Gayle, Bolasie.

West Ham United; Adrián; Jenkinson, Tomkins/Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang, Kouyaté; Moses/Lanzini, Sakho, Payet.

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