Crystal Palace vs West Ham preview: Eagles seek their first-ever New Years Day win in Premier League
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The last time these two sides met was at the London Stadium, where a Conor Gallagher masterclass halted West Ham United's ascendant rise to the top four with a 2-2 result.

Since then, though, the Eagles have risen in the Premier League table, now hunting a top 10 position. For the Hammers, they sit in fifth, hoping to stay within a chance of European football next season.

Both clubs got reinstated their winning ways in the match week before. While Crystal Palace put Norwich City to the sword with a three-goal cushion,  David Moyes' team were victorious at Vicarage Road, subduing Watford 4-1. 

But this week presents the dawn of a new year for either side, with both sets of squads posing more telling problems to their opposition, despite the uncertainty of who will test positive for COVID-19 ahead of kickoff. 

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For Crystal Palace, they will be hoping to put a winless streak of three games against the Hammers to bed by winning on New Years Day for the first time in their Premier League tenure.

Odsonne Edouard will be a key to success for the Eagles as the Frenchman has been involved in four goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

Meanwhile, West Ham will rely on their spearhead, Michail Antonio. The striker has scored 11 goals in his last 12 London clashes, making the fixture on Saturday attacking focussed. 

  • Team news

West Ham United welcome the return of previously suspended Declan Rice to the forefront of selection this weekend. If the popular midfielder makes an appearance, he will be the youngest player to reach 150 Premier League appearances for the club, at 22 years 352 days. 

Rice for Mark Noble might be the only change from the win over the Hornets, with Manuel Lanzini, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma again set to support Michail Antonio in the final third of the field as Pablo Fornals is unavailable for selection after testing positive for coronavirus.

Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell are all injured. Meanwhile, Issa Diop and Craig Dawson will again line up as the two centre-backs for the Hammers.

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After missing the last two games with a positive COVID-19 case, Palace will be hoping to welcome the return of Patrick Vieira to the sidelines at the weekend, while Osian Roberts will take up his assistant role again.

Conor Gallagher is set for a return to midfield also, with the fan favourite being reduced to the sidelines through illness last time out. Wilfried Zaha is also expected to return, having served his suspension against Norwich City.

But the bad news for Palace is that they will be without Joachim Andersen, James McArthur, Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise.

  • How to watch

The game will be played at Selhurst Park with a kickoff time of 17:30 PM GMT and will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

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