Tony Pulis takes charge of his first home game in charge of Crystal Palace when they entertain West Ham United in a London derby tonight.
The former Stoke City boss oversaw his first Eagles game on Saturday as they lost narrowly to Norwich City – a result that sent the club back to the bottom of the Premier League. But Palace can leapfrog Sunderland back into 19th if they avoid defeat at Selhurst this evening, while a win would take them to within three points of tonight’s visitors.
West Ham will make the short journey to SE25 full of confidence, after recording their biggest league win of the season against Fulham at the weekend. The 3-0 victory at the Boleyn Ground cost Cottagers boss Martin Jol his job.
That win also means the Hammers come into the fixture looking to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since March 2011, when they defeated Liverpool and Tony Pulis’ Stoke City.
Palace: Yannick Bolasie serves the second match of his three-game ban, following his straight red card against Hull City.
There are no fresh injury worries for Tony Pulis off the back of the weekend defeat at Norwich City, who has a near full-strength squad to choose from.
Jonny Williams will be pushing for a start after coming on as a late substitute at Carrow Road, but Jerome Thomas is likely to miss out again through injury.
Jack Hunt, Paddy McCarthy and Glenn Murray all remain sidelined with long-term problems.
West Ham: The Hammers' record signing Andy Carroll remains a long-term injury absentee and is yet to pull on the claret and blue jersey since making his move to the Boleyn Ground permanent in the summer.
Fellow striker Ricardo Vaz Te is also injured, while Winston Reid, Razvan Rat and Alou Diarra are also sidelined for tonight's game.
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: S Bennett, S Long.
Fourth Official: R East.
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LAST MEETING AT SELHURST
The two sides were Championship rivals the last time they faced each other in SE25, back in October 2011, in what turned out to be a four-goal thriller.
Darren Ambrose broke the deadlock for the Eagles with just six minutes on the clock, but West Ham responded just 10 minutes later through Kevin Nolan.
That’s the way it stayed at the break, but Palace repeated their first half feat by scoring in the early stages of the second period, as Glenn Murray fired the Eagles back in front with 52 minutes played.
But the Hammers found another equaliser with just 10 minutes remaining, as Norwegian international John Carew popped up to earn Sam Allardyce’s side a share of the spoils.
Supporters travelling to the game by car tonight should be aware that there will be no access to Clifton Road from Whitehorse Lane.
Palace win: 21/10
West Ham: 11/8
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