West Ham United will look to claim their first Premier League win of the season when they travel to managerless Crystal Palace on Saturday

Caretaker Crystal Palace manager Keith Millen. Picture: Action Images

Caretaker Crystal Palace manager Keith Millen. Picture: Action Images

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West Ham United make the trip to managerless Crystal Palace this weekend, as they attempt to get their season up-and-running following a 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.

Sam Allardyce’s side were undone by Eric Dier’s 90th minute strike and were left to rue several wasted opportunities – most notably Mark Noble’s first-half penalty miss.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, began their season with a narrow 2-1 reverse at Arsenal as they were undone by Aaron Ramsey’s injury-time strike.

The Eagles were dealt the most untimely of blows as manager Tony Pulis walked away on the eve of the new season, leaving caretaker boss Keith Millen in charge and they took the lead at the Emirates through Brede Hangeland.

It is Millen who looks most likely to take charge of the side again on Saturday, as he looks to register not only their first win of the season, but their third victory over West Ham in a row following two 1-0 wins last season.

It has been a turbulent week for the Selhurst Park club, who had been expected to appoint Malky Mackay as their new manager on Wednesday before a dramatic turn of events.

Sporting Director Iain Moody resigned from his position with immediate effect following allegations of homophobic, sexist, racists and anti-Semitic text messages exchanged with Mackay.

The Eagles did well to finish in 11th place last season, while the pressure is firmly on West Ham boss Allardyce to deliver better performances on the field this time around.

Palace’s display against Arsenal last Saturday showed no signs of a hangover following Pulis’ shock departure.

The home side will look to new signing Fraizer Campbell for the goals, with the former Cardiff City striker looking to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Campbell netted eight times in the Premier League last season as the Bluebirds were relegated and is likely to start up front with Marouane Chamakh.

Fellow new signing Martin Kelly should make his home bow, with Yannick Bolasie looking set to keep his place and be tasked with providing an attacking verve for the Eagles.

The Hammers could give a debut to Mauro Zarate who witnessed their home defeat to Tottenham from the bench last weekend, while fellow strikers Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho could play some part.

At the back, Allardyce will be without the suspended James Collins, while fellow defender James Tomkins faces a late fitness test.

Winston Reid may well be the only fit centre-half West Ham have which could force midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate to move into the back four.

West Ham will definitely be without long-term absentee Andy Carroll, who was ruled out for four months with an ankle injury earlier this summer.

Crystal Palace will hope to have defenders Scott Dann and Adrian Mariappa available for selection, while Jerome Thomas and Jonny Williams are slight doubts for the game.

Jason Puncheon is suspended following his sending-off at the Emirates Stadium on the opening day.

Possible line-ups: Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward; Bannan, Ledley, Jedinak, Bolasie; Chamakh, Campbell.

West Ham: Adrian; Demel, Reid, Kouyate, Cresswell; Diame, Noble, Nolan; Vaz Te, Cole, Downing.

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