The Hammers are going into Saturday’s game at the top of the table for the first time since 2006, following an emphatic start to their Premier League campaign.
Unlike their east London counterparts, the Eagles have yet to score a goal this season and currently sit 14th in the table, following a 3-0 defeat against Chelsea and a goalless draw against newly-promoted Brentford.
Despite dominating possession, Patrick Vieira's squad were brutally dumped out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night after a late goal from Ashley Fletcher broke the deadlock and saw Watford progress into the next round.
Head to head
The last time both sides faced each other was in January, in front of an empty Selhurst Park.
An early goal from Wilfried Zaha was overshadowed by a double from Tomas Souček, followed by another goal from Craig Dawson during the second half.
Michy Batshuayi's goal in the 90th minute came too late to spark a comeback for the Eagles, with the Hammers taking the victory as it finished 3-2.
A month prior, the fixture ended in a 1-1 draw after an eventful night at the London Stadium.
Sébastien Haller scored a close-range bicycle kick, which equalised Christian Benteke's first-half header. Following a second yellow card from an aerial challenge, Benteke was sent off in the 70th minute.
All-time Premier League stats
West Ham: 8 wins
Crystal Palace: 6 wins
Ones to watch
West Ham - Saïd Benrahma
The Algerian forward has showcased his potential during the Hammers’ first two games of the season – scoring two and assisting twice.
Despite the lack of wins for the Eagles, the Chelsea loanee has made a promising start upon his arrival at Selhurst Park.
The English midfielder created an array of chances against Brentford and Watford. However, no one took advantage of the opportunities he provided.
The 21-year-old has proven that he can be a key attacking outlet in the injury-struck midfield position whilst also stepping back to defend when needed.
Hammers' left-back Arthur Masuaku is still improving from an ongoing knee injury and has made appearances for West Ham United U23s as he steps up his recovery.
West Ham have no other reported injuries in their squad. Meanwhile, Palace have several to contend with, particularly in midfield.
Despite recently returning to training, summer singing Michael Olise is yet to make his debut following a back injury and will miss Saturday’s fixture.
Palace captain Luka Milivojević has been absent this season due to personal reasons, although it is unknown when he will return to the pitch.
Referee: Stuart Attwell.
VAR: Graham Scott.
How to watch
The kick-off is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
Unfortunately, this fixture will not be televised. However, you can follow all the latest updates here on VAVEL.