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Crystal Palace predicted lineup vs West Ham - Premier League

Dylan O'Connell
Wilfried Zaha in action against Watford during the week
Wilfried Zaha in action against Watford during the week / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Patrick Vieira's struggling Crystal Palace will travel to the London Stadium on Saturday to take on West Ham in the Premier League.

The Eagles have endured a slow start to the new season, being defeated 3-0 by Chelsea and drawing 0-0 with Brentford before being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Watford.

The pressure is certainly on Vieira as Crystal Palace are now 14th in the Premier League and hovering above the relegation zone at this early stage.

With such a big game now at the London Stadium on Saturday, this is the team Vieira will possibly name.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Vicente Guaita in action for Crystal Palace
Guaita in action for Crystal Palace / Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Vicente Guaita (GK) - The Spanish shot-stopper will have his work cut out for him on Saturday when he faces a free-flowing West Ham attack which has scored eight goals in two games in this season.

Joel Ward (RB) - The full-back played the full game against Brentford last week and kept a clean sheet for Palace. It was a perfect performance and Ward will want a repeat at the London Stadium.

Joachim Andersen (CB) - The club’s fourth summer signing has not had an easy start to life at Crystal Palace. A strong showing by the Denmark international on Saturday could win over the Palace fans.

Marc Guehi (CB) - After steadying the ship last weekend by helping Palace to a point against Brentford, the 21-year-old will be up against an in-form West Ham front three on Saturday.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) - One of the biggest strengths in the Hammers team is their dynamic wingers who find space and create chances. It should be an interesting battle for the youthful Mitchell at left-back.

2. Midfielders

Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha against Brentford
Kouyate and Zaha during the draw with Brentford / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Conor Gallagher (CM) - The Chelsea loanee was impressive last week against Brentford. If the English Under-21 international is to have any hope of establishing himself back at the Blues, consistent showings in London derbies is a must.

Cheikhou Kouyate (CM) - The Senegalese defensive midfielder needs to produce on Saturday when he faces West Ham’s lightning attack in front of a vocal and passionate London Stadium.

James McArthur (CM) - The Scottish midfielder will be up against a pacy and energetic West Ham attack on Saturday. A big showing is needed from McArthur if Palace are to have any hope of controlling the traffic at the London Stadium.

3. Forwards

Christian Benteke applauding the Palace fans
Benteke applauding the Palace fans / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Jeffrey Schlupp (RW) - With West Ham sure to be focused on Zaha on the left wing, space could be available for Schlupp to get into a number of threatening positions inside the box.

Christian Benteke (ST) -
The Belgian striker will lead the 4-3-3 formation at the weekend. Benteke will be desperate to put in a good showing, given his dismal start to the 2021/22 Premier League season.

Wilfried Zaha (LW) -
Compared to his usual highs in the Premier League, Zaha has had a slow start this season. He’ll be up against a West Ham defence which has conceded three times in two games on Saturday. That will be sure to comfort the winger.