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Rice To Return, Noble On The Bench | 4-2-3-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup Vs Crystal Palace

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West Ham United will face off against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening as they look to secure another win and maintain their push for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season. The Hammers managed to earn a dominant 4-1 victory over Watford in midweek, so they will be full of confidence ahead of this game.

David Moyes is expected to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and could make one tweak to his starting XI for this London derby. Declan Rice will return from suspension and take his place in West Ham’s midfield while Mark Noble drops to the bench.

4-2-3-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup To Face Crystal Palace

Defence

Łukasz Fabiański will feature in between the sticks for the Hammers after conceding one goal in his last league outing. Issa Dip will once again operate alongside Craig Dawson at the centre of Moyes’ defence as they try to stop the Eagles from scoring during the 90 minutes.

Vladimír Coufal will be a nailed-on starter at right-back while Ben Johnson fills in on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them will get the freedom to express themselves in the opposition half so that they can offer enough support to their teammates up top.

Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks will have to settle for a place on the bench as they provide cover for the full-back positions.

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Midfield

Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice will look to dominate possession of the ball from the holding midfield positions. The talented trio of Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen will play just ahead of them as part of West Ham’s attack.

Both Soucek and Benrahma managed to get their names on the scoresheet in midweek, so they will be eager to produce another good showing versus the Eagles in the derby.

Nikola Vlasic will be available for selection on the bench as he waits for his opportunity to influence the game as a substitute if needed.

Attack

Michail Antonio will spearhead the Hammers’ attack in the final third. He failed to register a goal versus the Hornets. Thus, we can expect the English forward to be hungry to find the back of the net and win the derby for West Ham this weekend.

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