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Bowen and Antonio to start, Areola decision – West Ham predicted XI vs Crystal Palace

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West Ham started the season with two fantastic wins after defeating Leicester 4-1 following their 4-2 victory over Newcastle United.

The Premier League leaders welcome Crystal Palace to the London Stadium this afternoon and will once again be playing in front of a capacity crowd.

The home support on Monday evening was a raucous as the London Stadium has ever seen with David Moyes and his players thrilled by the reception they got.

The manager has called for the fans to keep up their support and believes his team are deserving of the fans’ adoration after putting in so many fine performances this season.

The Hammers certainly gave their home crowd something to cheer on Monday night as they tore apart Leicester City and Moyes will be hopeful of doing the same to a Palace side who have just one point from their opening two matches.

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West Ham and Moyes are hopeful of adding Kurt Zouma to their ranks before the end of the transfer window but the move has run into a hiccup following an issue with the defender’s medical examination.

With Zouma not yet a Hammer Moyes is unlikely to make any changes to his starting XI. Alphonse Areola is so far West Ham’s only major transfer signing this summer and the French international is yet to make his competitive debut for Moyes team.

However, with Lukasz Fabianski yet to put a foot wrong this season the manager is expected to keep faith with the Pole in goal.

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After back-to-back wins it will be no surprise if Moyes names an unchanged team with the likes of Issa Diop, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko having to settle for spots on the bench.

The Hammers are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with a backline made up of Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell.

Ahead of the defence Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek will provide the protective screen with Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen looking to provide creativity and pace on the counter-attack.

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Michail Antonio, fresh from his brace against Leicester City, will lead the line and be hoping to bring up his half-century of goals for West ham in the Premier League.

The 31-year-olds first goal against the Foxes saw him move ahead of Paolo Di Canio as the Hammers all-time leading Premier League goalscorer and Moyes is keen for the striker to add another “30-40 goals” to his tally over the next few seasons.

Predicted West Ham XI – Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio

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