It’s safe to say that there is a certain element of shock among our resident Palace fans, due to Sam Allardyce’s failure to win in his first four games in charge of the London club.
It’s fair to say that if it’s not for the lack of trying that Big Sam hasn’t picked up a win.
In his first three Premier League games, his Palace side has been thwarted by late goals, freak scorpion kicks and turned down penalty appeals resulting in the Eagles sitting a point of the drop.
Despite all this, our landlord predicts the former England boss to keep Palace up this season and a trip to the London Stadium to play West Ham could result in a positive result for the Eagles, especially as it seems West Ham haven’t yet adjusted to their new home.
That being said, the last meeting between this sides at Selhurst Park in October was decided by Hammers’ midfielder, Manuel Lanzini in a 1-0 win for the visitors.
Christian Benteke will be looking to make amends this time around as he missed a penalty in the same fixture, though he is a slight doubt with a shoulder injury.
Big Sam will be praying for the fitness of Benteke in time for Saturday, but will trust this XI to get the job done…