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West Ham v Crystal Palace – Watch Live Match Stream online

Our live stream ahead of Wednesday nights Premier League match, West Ham v Crystal Palace is now up and running, kicking off at 20.00 GMT.

You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…

West Ham come into the game on good form having beat Premier League newcomers, Leeds United 2-1 last Friday at Elland Road. Headed goals from Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna sealed the victory after the hosts took an early lead through Mateusz Klich’s retaken penalty.

The win moved the Hammers up to fifth position, just three points outside the top four. The Irons have won four of their last five matches and are in a very strong position heading into this. Sustaining a top-four challenge throughout the campaign will be the task for David Moyes.

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Palace also picked up an impressive result last time out as they held league leaders Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

That well-earned draw came on the back of a 5-1 victory away to 10-man West Bromwich Albion, scoring as many goals in that one as they managed in their previous nine away outings.

The Eagles have won two of their last four away matches, the other being a 2-1 win at Fulham, and they are seeking successive away London derby wins for the first time in 23 years.

A victory on Wednesday would also make it three in a row against West Ham, having done the double over them last term, though they have never previously achieved a hat-trick of wins in this fixture.

The two clubs last met on boxing day last year, with Palace winning 2-1 in front of a home crowd at Selhurt Park…

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David Moyes

Your memories of Gerard Houllier?

Great memories, a great man who was helpful to me at moments in my career, when I was young and coming through as a manager he said some really nice things, gave me some confidence and said some really nice things.

When I became the Everton manager the LMA rang and said he wanted me to meet him privately. Sue from the LMA came along as well and we sat there at a restaurant, nobody else, just me and Gerard.

We sat and talked about football because he knew the rivalry was going to be really big in the city. Even though we were good friends and good colleagues over the years and it was a great thing he did.

When he sadly lost his job at Liverpool I thought it was the way forward to ring up a manager and speak to them privately and I did it with him. Now they all say no but I think that just showed Gerard’s class, he was a classy man. You can see how people are talking about him.

It was a great thing. After that they all said no. He was a classy man. He gave everyone attention. Through many years at UEFA I have been close to him. It was a real shock when I heard the news.

No fans for Palace, just when it looked like we were taking a step forward. Is it a setback?

Well, the whole country is in the same situation, there are lots of other parts in Tier 3 and we have to abide by it, we need to get rid of this pandemic and get over it all. It is very difficult.

We started seeing the green shoots of supporters coming back but unfortunately not now. Hopefully it won’t be too long.

Team news?

I’ve got a couple of boys who have got knocks and niggles we have to consider. I think when you get to the middle of December you will end up getting knocks and niggles, it is a part of the game when you get to this time of the season.

We are not halfway through the season but it feels like it. A lot of clubs are going to have players missing games at this time of the season.

Who is struggling?

Nothing desperate. Knocks and niggles, there are a couple who might be struggling a little bit but in the main we should be OK.

How impressed were you with Said Benrahma and can he play that number nine role?

He did some really good things at Leeds, he gave us a really positive result.

He had to be patient because the team has been playing well. Let’s see how he goes, I still want to manage him correctly. I played him for 80 minutes the other night which was probably a bit more than I had intended to. At the time it was one each still able to create a goal. So I was thankful that we got the first goal that allowed me to free him up a little bit.

I think he is still finding his way but we are really pleased with him. I think we still need to get him up to match speed, Premier League speed and getting him used to the levels we want him playing at.

Playing that forward role, can you see it?

I think he could do it if we needed it but I wouldn’t say he is a number nine, I would see him as a 10, 11 or 7. But in recent times I have had a couple of sevens or 11’s that have become centre forwards, so who knows.

Pleased to see concussion subs being discussed and how important will it be for player welfare?

I think it is an easy decision to say we will do it. I think it is something going forward we must do.

I thought you were going to ask me if IFAB were going to discuss other things like the offside rule or anything else to do with VAR.

But what they are going to discuss has an easy answer, we all know the answer. Yes they should introduce concussion subs.

Best start to the season in five years, what do you put that down to?

First and foremost it is the endeavour and hard work of the players but I also have a really good staff from. Fitness, coaching, medical, they have all done a really good job. It has given us not too many injuries, we are playing better, they are fitter and all of them have contributed.

Ultimately it’s about the players.

Roy Hogson

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West Ham United Premier League form: LWWWLW

Crystal Palace Premier League form: LWLLWD


West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Haller

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Schlupp, Riedewald, McArthur, Townsend; Zaha, Benteke


Under 2.5 Goals – 4/5 with FanTeam

West Ham are up to sixth after securing a fourth win in five. The Hammers have scored in each of those games but have kept their scoring to a maximum of two.

Crystal Palace have gone mad on occasion netting four against Leeds and five against the ten men of West Brom. However, the Eagles reverted to type with a 1-1 draw versus Tottenham and are likely to keep the scoreline down here.

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