West Ham United are setting their sights on three consecutive wins when they entertain Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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.
Palace key trio rumoured to be out of West Ham clash
As West Ham fans basked in the glory of six points in four days they got tipsy on talk that key Palace trio Wilfried Zaha, James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic were all suspended for the weekend game.
Zaha is comfortably Palace’s best player and one of the best outside the top four.
Tomkins and Milivojevic are key performers for the Eagles too.
It was rumoured they had all picked up bookings in their defeat to Brighton on Tuesday and would miss the West Ham game as a result.
Hearing that Zaha, Tomkins & Milivojević all picked up bookings tonight so will be suspended for Saturday’s game. 👀
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) December 4, 2018
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Naturally their absence would have given West Ham a huge advantage.But that particular talk has been dispelled this morning.
All three players were booked in the M23 derby however for each it was their fourth yellow card of the season, one short of the five that results in a one-game ban.
Hammers will have to do it the hard way
So if West Ham want a nine-point week they will have to do it the hard way.
Tomkins of course will be welcomed back with huge affection.
Zaha will undoubtedly be the man to watch, though, while Milivojevic is the Eagles’ set piece specialist.
It looks like Pellegrini will also be forced to make do without his own star player Marko Arnautovic.
The Austrian was forced off against Cardiff and joins a Premier League-worst injury list.