West Ham United travel to Crystal Palace at the weekend looking to end the theme which has spoiled their season.

The Hammers take on Palace fresh from a superb performance in a 1-1 draw with league leaders Liverpool on Monday night.

Manuel Pellegrini was down to the bare bones for the Liverpool clash and on the back of three dismal defeats in a row.

As they have done so many times this season, though, West Ham rose to the occasion against a top six side and should have won the game.

The Hammers head to Selhurst Park looking to put a stop to attitude problems which have dogged their season.

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Hammers must end complacency issues

Pellegrini and several players including captain Mark Noble have admitted complacency against lesser clubs has been an issue for the East Londoners.

West Ham are determined to break that cycle.

Victory could see the Hammers jump up to eighth.

And Pellegrini has been boosted by the return of two big players in Samir Nasri and Marko Arnautovic as he ponders three changes to take on Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.

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Zabaleta in for Fredericks

Probably the manager’s toughest decision will be whether to bring experienced right back Pablo Zabaleta back into the side. The 34-year-old was rested last time out as Pellegrini said he was simply ‘playing too many games’ due to Fredericks’ long absences through injury.


The jet-heeled former Fulham defender put in his best performance in a West Ham shirt against the Reds, though.

It leaves Pellegrini with a welcome dilemma but he may opt for experience in what is certain to be a fiercely contested London derby.

It remains to be seen whether Wilfried Zaha lines up against him as he is expected to have his ban extended for improper conduct.

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Nasri in for Snodgrass

Classy midfield playmaker Nasri has missed the last three games after picking up an injury against Bournemouth.

He was touch and go for the Liverpool game. But after a further week of rehabilitation Nasri is expected back for the trip to Palace.

Pellegrini bemoaned a lack of playmakers in his side due to injury after the Liverpool game. Robert Snodgrass was excellent against Liverpool but expended a lot of energy and could make way for the Frenchman.

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Arnautovic in for Hernandez

For a change Javier Hernandez actually put a shift in for West Ham in the draw against Liverpool.

He perhaps should have done better with one or two chances but overall he contributed to a solid team performance.

That will not be enough to keep him in the side for Palace, though. The controversial Arnautovic returns from a knock picked up against Wolves. Arnautovic offers so much more and can play the lone role so well which means he will come back in.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Crystal Palace

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Nasri, Antonio, Anderson, Arnautovic.

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