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West Ham United entertain Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday aiming for three consecutive wins.

Manuel Pellegrini’s rejuvenated West Ham recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly two years when they beat Cardiff City 3-1 on Tuesday night.

It followed an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle United.

And comes ahead of a run of favourable fixtures, on paper at least.

West Ham want to make it a nine-point week and take on a Palace side desperately out of form.

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Injury crisis deepens

But just as the Hammers are beginning to find some consistency on the pitch, Pellegrini is struggling for it in his team selection.

A Premier League-worst injury list got worse this week.

Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out until the new year while the returning Jack Wilshere has a new ankle complaint.


The pair join Aaron Cresswell, Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid in the treatment room.

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Three changes in the offing for Pellegrini

The January transfer window cannot come quick enough for Pellegrini.

But in the meantime the Chilean has to make do with what he has.

And he looks set to make as many as THREE changes to the team which started against Cardiff when Palace come to town on Saturday.

Pablo Zabaleta in for Michail Antonio

Veteran right back Zabaleta was rested for the game against Cardiff in what is a three-game week. Michail Antonio deputised for the Argentine and performed well, even scoring a goal.

But Zabaleta has been one of West Ham’s best players this season and will come back into the side to deal with the very real threat of Wilfried Zaha.

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Fabian Balbuena in for Angelo Ogbonna

Balbuena picked up a slight knock in the win over Newcastle and was not risked against Cardiff. Angelo Ogbonna came into the side for some much-needed game time. Like Antonio he performed well and should have scored a couple of goals himself. But Balbuena has forged a superb partnership with Issa Diop and the Paraguayan will come back into the team for what is certain to be a stiffer test.

Lucas Perez in for Marko Arnautovic

Perez got a brace after replacing Arnautovic against Cardiff and has earned a starting place as a result. The former Arsenal forward looked sharp and Pellegrini will be hoping he is coming into form at just the right time.

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