The Hammers make the short trip south having recovered some momentum in their top-four push following a damaging run with a 4-1 comeback victory at lowly Watford in midweek.
David Moyes’ side begin the year in fifth, but will drop down a place ahead of kick-off if rivals Tottenham win at Vicarage Road in their mid-afternoon kick-off.
Perched just outside the top half is a Crystal Palace side that have taken great strides under Patrick Vieira and recovered from a Covid-19 outbreak to put bottom club Norwich to the sword last time out.
However, with key stars such as Wilfried Zaha off to the Africa Cup of Nations this month, the Eagles will want to ensure they get more points on the board quickly and showcase the depth of an expanded squad that was built on during an impressive summer recruitment drive.
Vieira will be back in the home dugout today after missing the last two matches due to Covid isolation, but Zaha is surprisingly out as Declan Rice makes his 150th appearance for West Ham.
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Crystal Palace vs West Ham latest news
Kick-off time: 5.30pm GMT, Selhurst Park
How to watch: Sky Sports
Crystal Palace team news: No Zaha or Gallagher
Vieira back in dugout after Covid isolation
West Ham team news: Rice makes 150th Premier League appearance
Prediction: 1-1 draw
17:53 , George Flood
20 mins: That’s some leap from Benrahma to beat Mitchell to an inviting Antonio cross from the byline, but he can only steer his header wide of the back post.
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18 mins: Diop is lucky not to have his name taken for a not-so-subtle foul on Schlupp.
Johnson then gets forward well again down the West Ham left, with his latest cross causing issues as Andersen has to get out of the way of a touch from Milivojevic.
Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park
17:48 , George Flood
That is much better from West Ham. Twice now Johnson has put in dangerous crosses from the left – no one was there attacking the ball for the first and the second brought about a fine chance for Antonio.
Some great goalkeeping from Guaita to keep it at 0-0.
17:47 , George Flood
14 mins: Brilliant goalkeeping from Vicente Guaita to keep this at 0-0.
He makes a superb close-range stop to thwart Antonio after Coufal’s cross from the byline, then reacts to scoop clear the loose ball before keeping out Benrahma’s header.
West Ham looking very lively now after a quiet opening.
17:45 , George Flood
12 mins: The first signs of attacking intent from West Ham, who have otherwise been notably subdued thus far.
Johnson combines nicely with Benrahma down the left flank and Bowen can’t quite connect with the cut back.
But the ball is kept alive and Coufal ends up lashing an effort well over the crossbar.
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10 mins: Palace are full of confidence as another dangerous corner is diverted away by Soucek.
Vieira’s side come again, but a poor touch from Benteke brings their latest attack to a premature halt.
Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park
17:42 , George Flood
Crystal Palace have made a fantastic start here, with Schlupp very lively early on.
West Ham are struggling to get any sort of foothold at the moment and haven’t really strung too much together.
17:41 , George Flood
8 mins: Palace have been much the better side in the early exchanges, with Edouard a nuisance and Mitchell finding Schlupp at the back post.
Johnson is forced into a key block.
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6 mins: Milivojevic tries to curl the ball deftly inside the near post, but it’s wide.
Did Fabianski have that covered? I’m not so sure.
17:39 , George Flood
5 mins: A good early tempo to this game and a strong atmosphere at Selhurst as Palace force a corner and a foul on Benteke then gives the hosts a free-kick in prime shooting range.
Milivojevic to step up…
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17:36 , George Flood
What a let-off that is for West Ham. They’ve conceded early in their last two games and almost fell to the same fate there.
A tricky one for Schlupp but he has to be scoring that.
17:35 , George Flood
2 mins: WOODWORK!
What a chance for Palace to take an early lead.
Schlupp clatters an effort against the post after Hughes’ cross from the left was deflected by the head of Dawson and kept alive by the byline by Ayew.
A big let-off for the visitors. He should have buried that.
17:34 , George Flood
We are underway in SE25!
Palace in their familiar red and blue home kit, with West Ham wearing their change strips featuring sky blue and white stripes.
Jarred Gillett – who was the VAR for today’s controversial clash between Arsenal and Manchester City – has got there quickly from Stockley Park to fulfil fourth official duties.
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The players are out on the pitch at Selhurst.
There will be a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off to remember those associated with Crystal Palace that passed away in 2021.
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Here are the returning Patrick Vieira’s pre-match comments to Sky Sports when quizzed on today’s absences:
“It’s good to be back!” 💥
Patrick Vieira is delighted to be back in the #CPFC dugout, but admits it’s ‘very difficult’ to prepare for matches with players dropping out of selection.
Watch live on Sky Sports Premier League now! pic.twitter.com/ELLsmcaMiV
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 1, 2022
17:24 , George Flood
No confirmation has yet been forthcoming from Crystal Palace, but it is believed that the absences of Zaha and Kouyate today are Covid-related.
We’ll bring you the latest on that when we can.
17:19 , George Flood
Tottenham jump above West Ham with Watford win
17:07 , George Flood
It’s all over at Vicarage Road, where Tottenham have beaten Watford 1-0 thanks to Davinson Sanchez’s last-gasp winner.
That result means Spurs jump back up to fifth, though West Ham can regain the place with victory this evening.
No Zaha or Gallagher for Crystal Palace
16:51 , George Flood
There is surprisingly no Wilfried Zaha in Crystal Palace’s match day squad despite the Eagles talisman having completed his one-match suspension following that red card at Tottenham.
Patrick Vieira makes two changes to the team that started against Norwich, with Cheikhou Kouyate – who misses out altogether – and Jean-Philippe Mateta replaced by captain Luka Milivojevic and Christian Benteke.
Michael Olise and Eberi Eze are on the bench, but there’s no involvement today for Nathan Ferguson.
Conor Gallagher also misses out as expected.
Rice for Noble in West Ham’s only change
16:46 , George Flood
As expected, Declan Rice does return to the West Ham midfield after suspension to make his 150th Premier League appearance.
Mark Noble drops to the bench in David Moyes’ only change from the 4-1 win at Watford in midweek.
Young defender Harrison Ashby exits the match day squad.
West Ham team
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Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Benrahma, Antonio
Subs: Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Areola, Noble, Fredericks, Masuaku, Kral, Okoflex, Alese
Crystal Palace team
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Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Hughes, Ayew, Benteke, Edouard
Subs: Butland, Tomkins, Olise, Eze, Mateta, Matthews, Kelly, Riedewald
Lineups on the way
16:25 , George Flood
Just under five minutes now until we get the official team news from Selhurst Park.
Moyes: No West Ham panic over Rice future
16:17 , George Flood
Interest in Rice has inevitably continued to build as his career goes from strength to strength, though, with a valuation of over £100m and a contract until 2024, Moyes insists West Ham are not worried about his future as things stand.
“Declan’s under a long contract here, under a long length of contract,” said Moyes. “So from that point of view we’ve not got a big panic on.
“We will keep Declan as long as we possibly can, we’ve no intention of selling him. If we ever had to, I’ve said already many, many times what it would be – a shoot to the moon.”
Moyes added: “Overall he’s done a great job. Hopefully he keeps driving the team on and I hope we continue to add good players to play with and around Declan.
“My job is to keep building the club and build this level up and I think getting Declan players around him who are of a similar level and capable of playing at a really high level.”
16:14 , George Flood
Declan Rice – the best midfielder in Europe?
16:09 , George Flood
David Moyes was full of praise for Declan Rice ahead of today’s all-London showdown, once again stating his case as the best midfielder in Europe.
“There’s not many better,” the West Ham boss said.
“I think if you break Declan down, you might say well okay, I want you to become even better in your passing. So you can look at Frenkie de Jong or you can look at Jorginho. You could look at people who are really, really tidy football players.
“But then if you looked at the other side of the game, Declan’s as good as anybody I know at recovering the ball, speed round the pitch. I can’t really off the top of my head think of many other midfield players like Declan in that mould really.
“Rodri’s slightly different in how he plays in a different fashion. But Declan’s a wee bit of all-round, and certainly can do different things and he’s beginning to add goals to his game.
“There’s probably not many better, but I think there are aspects of Declan’s game that he can improve – we want him to become better at so many things, but he’s been a revelation for us this season.”
Standard Sport prediction
15:53 , George Flood
West Ham finally found some form in front of goal last time out after a fairly barren run but Palace have been a tough nut to crack at home this season.
West Ham team news – Rice back from suspension
15:50 , George Flood
West Ham are boosted today by the return of Declan Rice, who is in line to make his 150th Premier League appearance after suspension.
The key defensive trio of Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell are all still out, while Pablo Fornals is likely to remain absent after a positive Covid-19 test.
West Ham predicted XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Benrahma; Antonio
Vieira returns to dugout after isolation
15:46 , George Flood
Crystal Palace have confirmed that Patrick Vieira WILL be back in the home dugout this evening.
The Eagles boss has missed the last two matches against Tottenham and Norwich after testing positive for Covid-19, with assistant Osian Roberts taking the lead instead.
Crystal Palace team news – Zaha available after ban
15:44 , George Flood
Palace have Wilfried Zaha available again today after the Ivorian winger served his one-match suspension against Norwich, but he will soon be off to the Africa Cup of Nations along with the likes of Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp.
Inspirational Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher remains doubtful due to illness, while James McArthur (thigh) is also still sidelined.
Centre-back Joachim Andersen is now available again, however.
How to watch Crystal Palace vs West Ham
15:37 , George Flood
TV channel: Today’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the action unfold online via Sky Go.
Welcome to Crystal Palace vs West Ham LIVE coverage
15:33 , George Flood
Good afternoon, Happy New Year and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of an eventful start to 2022 in the Premier League.
This evening our focus will be on a London derby under the lights in SE25 as West Ham look to ramp the momentum back up in their top-four push after ending 2021 with a morale-boosting thrashing of lowly Watford.
But they are likely to find the going tough against a Crystal Palace side that are battling for the top half and put bottom club Norwich firmly to the sword in midweek.
Kick-off is at 5:30pm GMT, and you can follow all the match build-up, latest team news and live updates right here. We will also have expert analysis from Jack Rosser at Selhurst Park!