Confirmed West Ham line-up v Crystal Palace: Star man axed among three changes
By Will Butcher
West Ham have made three changes to their starting eleven to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Manager Slaven Bilic welcomes back captain Mark Noble and James Collins to the starting line-up, but transfer rebel Dimitri Payet is absent altogether from the 18-man squad.
Darren Randolph also returns in goal, as Adrian, Edimilson Fernandes and Havard Nordtveit all drop out of Bilic’s side following the dismal 5-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester City.
West Ham announced their team on their official Twitter account ahead of Saturday’s clash at the London Stadium.
3️⃣️ changes from last time out
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 14, 2017
Former Marseille ace Payet’s future has plunged into uncertainty after Croatian boss Bilic revealed in a press conference that he did not want to play for the East London side again.
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The Hammers won the return fixture back in October after playmaker Manuel Lanzini scored at Selhurst Park to earn a 1-0 win.
Bilic has seen his side lose three games on the bounce to Leicester and Manchester United in the Premier League, as well as being knocked out in the third round by Pep Guardiola’s City.
A win against former manager Sam Allardyce could see the Hammers move as high as 10th place, leapfrogging Stoke, Burnley and Southampton if all three teams fail to secure three points.
In what has been a dismal week for the Hammers, a win against Palace could lift the spirits and put their recent poor run of form behind them.
In other West Ham news, this striker has completed a deal at the London Stadium.